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Lake Berryessa Fishing Report – March 2015

Category : BASS FISHING REPORTS

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Conditions: Air temp 78 degrees, wind 2-5mph, water clarity 2-6ft and water temps 59-62 degrees

The first stop on the Future Pro Tour Northern Division at Lake Berryessa traditionally brings the largest field of the season as anglers are excited to dust off their rods and crank up the big motor.  Although the 124 team field was ready to go catch a big sack, high pressure, blue bird skies and fish migrating to the shallows to spawn, provided tough conditions and mediocre weights brought to the scales; only four teams weighed in bags over 20lbs.  With only one day of practice and the full moon approaching, Aidan and I focused on shallow fish moving up to spawn and fish on the beds; we tried to get on a deep water bite looking for bigger fish but that pattern was non-existent.   We put the trolling motor on high and looked for as many spawning areas and as many bed fish as possible.  The key was to locate the larger fish locked on and large females in the same area.  During the tournament we caught all of our fish on beds using a drop shot and darter head to give us 15.77lbs which was good enough for a 17th place finish.  Here are the baits and set-ups we used…

The drop shot set up:

Bait: Damiki Stinger 5.5″ (watermelon candy) IMG_5840
Rod: Dobyns Champion Series 734c
Reel/line: Abu Garcia Revo STX. Power Pro Super Slick 8 20lb. braid (no leader).  1/4oz. drop shot weight.

The Dater Head set up:

Bait: Damiki Hydra 3″ (pearl white) on a 1/4oz darter head
Rod: Dobyns Champion Series 734c
Reel/line: Abu Garcia Revo STX.  Power Pro Super Slick 8 20lb. braid (no leader).

We fished four main areas on the lake for half the day and then searched new areas the rest of the day looking for bigger fish to help increase our weight.

At the award ceremony the top 5 didn’t give up too much info on what baits or techniques they used to catch their limits.  The second place team caught the big fish of the tournament on a swimbait and used Senkos to round out their limit.  The first place team used a drop shot to catch all their fish in a small spawning flat located in a protected cove.  The fish in the area were on beds and continued to move up all day; I should know as we actually shared water with the first place team and watched them boat some nice fish.  We mistimed the spot in our rotation and missed out on some bites in that area.

If you like to bed fish then get out on the lake asap. Look for protected coves with expansive flats and hard bottom and you will find the fish.  Run that pattern and you can easily have a 20-40fish day.

Until next time, stay focused, fish hard and I’ll see you on the water.

 

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