Bigger bass pretty much a no-show this year

Clear Lake continues to kick out plenty of bass for the few anglers on the lake. With no bass tournaments scheduled for a couple of weeks the fishing pressure has dropped considerably. A good example was Thursday morning when there was one boat trailer in the parking lot at the Fifth Street ramp in Lakeport. Whereas there are plenty of bass between 1-2 pounds out there, what is surprising is the lack of big fish weighing more than 5 pounds.

The absence of big bass shows the lake is going through a transition period. While there are hundreds of small bass, fish weighing more than 8 pounds have been extremely rare. Normally on any given day there will be several bass caught that weigh between 8-10 pounds, but not this year. What has happened to the traditional trophy bass that Clear Lake has kicked out in previous years? The answer is simple; most have died of old age.

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