May 11, 2017 by Bob Myskey

A father and son bass fishing expedition with Bassin’ with Bob fishing guide service and one of the bass fish they caught on the journey.

A father and son bass fishing expedition with Bassin’ with Bob fishing guide service and one of the bass fish they caught on the journey.

The one thing that can be said about the bite at Clear Lake this past week is, that’s it’s tough. I don’t think I have ever seen so much bait in the lake such as the shad, crappie, blue gill, sucker fish and hitch. No wonder the bass don’t want to hit an artificial bait. I have even struggled this past week to entice the bass to eat live bait and I have had to cover a lot of water and make a lot of presentations to get any decent results.

Currently some bass have spawned, others are spawning and many have yet to spawn, with the rigors of the spawn going on and with the massive amount of bait in the lake for the bass to eat, and the fact that the lake is still above it’s full level providing a huge amount of cover for the fish, no wonder the bite is tough. One special note to make to your readers is that the very popular launch ramps at the 3rd and 5th streets in the town of Lakeport will be closed to boat launching on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th of June for a special event of boat racing.

Anyone planning on coming to the Lakeport area to launch that weekend will have to launch at the Konocti Vista Casino or the County Park Launch ramp. Looking ahead, once the spawn cycle winds down, the bite will certainly pick up as it always does, the bass have to eat and they will start to feed up from the rigors of the spawn. There is more boating information available here.

Our thanks to Bassin’ with Bob for this monthly update of fishing on Clear Lake.