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Clear Lake still producing quality fish

By BILLY DRIESSEN/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 01, 2019

LAKEPORT — After some of the largest bass tournaments of the year, the bite at Clear Lake had some ups and downs that left anglers scratching their heads. After momentary doldrums the lake has stabilized and the fish are back on the bite.

weeklywhopperWEEKLY WHOPPER — Clear Lake bassin’ is what guide Bob Myskey of Bassin’ With Bob does, and the “whopper of the week” for him was this 9-pound largemouth caught by Larry Tronstad mid-lake on a drop-shot worm.

“The beginning of the week we had a really tough bite,” said Bob Myskey of Bassin’ With Bob Guide Service. “Finally, as the weekend arrived, the bite picked back up just in time for me to take two 15-year-olds and their father out. They managed to catch and release 21 bass, all between 1 and 3 pounds, probably smaller males that had been up shallow guarding beds or that had already spawned. You can see quite a few old beds around the lake as well as beds that still have fish on them.

“Water temperatures are rising in the hotter afternoons,” Myskey said. “We have been working the spawning flats with a wacky rigged Senko, drop-shot rigs, and Carolina rigs, and have been putting some decent numbers in the boat. Working the tule edges with a Texas rigged punch worm targeting the fish that are deeper back in the debris is also effective. Many of the boats you see out fishing right now are sight fishing for beds and trying to catch the fish off of them, but with customers I prefer to just fish regular rather than get hung up trying to visually entice the fish into biting, which is sometimes much more complicated.

“The crappie are biting all around the lake,” Myskey said. “There are a lot of people out targeting them right now with the bite being so good. One of my customers caught a 3 pounder last week and most of the fish you catch are quality sized between 1 and 2 pounds. The water level on the lake is still slightly over the full mark and the water clarity remains good. With outside temperatures expected to be lower next week the bite should remain stable. For now, all is well at Clear Lake,” Myskey said.

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