Thu, Apr 04 | Clearlake,CA

Fishout: Clear Lake Crappie Exploration

Clear Lake has a huge bio-mass; crappie are very active shallow water this time of year and bass are pre-spawn; we are targeting water temps of 55-62* Ryan Williams is the speaker in February; he will talk about Clear Lake.
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Fishout: Clear Lake Crappie Exploration

Time & Location

Apr 04, 2019, 7:00 AM – Apr 05, 2019, 5:00 PM
Clearlake,CA, 1120 S Main St, Lakeport, CA 95453, USA

About The Event

Both crappie and bass look for structure. Gear guys fish jigs under a bobber; crappie flies on floating lines should do well. Crappie are minnow eaters; size 4-8 streamers in bright colors; white, flash, chartreuse, pinks, yellows. A balanced minnow in white under an indicator would duplicate the jig. Slow sink minnows on an intermediate line lets you suspend fly at right depth and cover water.

Leader: Mike McKinley, 408-807-4340;; 10660 Harris Rd, Auburn, 95603

Co-Leader: TBD - Contact Mike if interested in helping.

Fish-out Committee Coordinator: Tom Grant, 530-263-3515,

Fish For (species): Crappie, bass, bluegill

Fishing Strategy: Floating and intermediate or slow sink if fish are up; cold weather might put them deeper; Near docks, brush, structure .

Recommended Gear:

• Rods: 5 wt for crappie, 8 wt for bass

• Lines: floating, intermediate

• Leaders: Std to 9 ft; use loop knot to attach the flies.

• Tippet: 4-8 pound for crappie; 8-15 Pound for bass

• Flies: Many crappie patterns available; white flashtail wooly bugger, chartreuse and white craft fly, black and chartreuse, pink and silver comet. Bass; wooly bugger, streamers, dragon fly, damsel

• Other: weedless is an option, warm weather may make poppers an option for bass but crappie are seldom popper takers.

What participants need to know: This is our second trip; wind and weather a possibility. Bass boats that may not respect a float tube are likely. Very few people utilize fly gear but the fish population is one of the highest in the state; I caught 15-20 the first day; Ackerman and company did even better the second day. The library docks to the south generally see a lot of fish, as does the Konocti Harbor area further south. We had excellent weather.

This fishout includes an overnight stay. Mike has reserved a 2 bedroom cabin at the Rodeway Inn in Lakeport; address is 1120 Main St, Lakeport; there are 2 bedrooms and 3 double beds. Total cost is $120; there is a kitchen and Mike will cook Thursday night and Friday breakfast, cost to be added to share of room. Launch ramp is next door; the resort offers beach front and docks. Contact Mike to reserve a bed in the cabin.

Clear Lake is always in the top 10 bass lake rankings in the US.

Cost depends on how many attend, but we will save on food from a kitchen for dinner, and breakfast at least, maybe lunch on the 30th.

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