Bass fishing heats up with weather at Clear Lake

Clear Lake is still kicking out good numbers of bass and the topwater action has been excellent, with catches of 30-40 bass a day being standard. Local fishing guide Bob Myskey’s clients have been catching from 20 to even 30 bass a day, some weighing in the 7-pound-plus class. The trick to success is to keep on the move until you locate active fish. Just about all types of lures are working, including spinner baits, jigs, shallow and deep-running crankbaits as well as plastic worms.

One sure method of catching bass is to drop-shot a plastic worm. I fished Tuesday with Ron Sneed of Lakeport and we hit an area near Lakeside County Park that was loaded with bass. In a space of three hours we caught and released more than 20 fish, the largest weighing about 3 pounds along with a lot of 2-pounders. All our fish were caught by casting a Whopper Plopper topwater lure and a white spinnerbait. The bass were holding in 5-15 feet of water and many were hanging tight to the weed mats while others were being caught 100 to 200 yards offshore. We also noticed that as soon as the wind began to blow the action heated up and we could see bass chasing minnows.

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