Bowfishing tourney starts Saturday – Lake County Record-Bee

Bowfishing captures the fishing spotlight at Clear Lake this weekend. The 13th annual Clear Lake Water Pig Bowfishing Tournament gets underway at daylight on Saturday and ends Sunday afternoon. The tournament goes out of Willow Point Campground in Lakeport.

The bow fishermen are seeking carp, which are abundant in the lake. They are allowed to fish 24 hours per day, which includes night fishing with lights. The bow fishermen will face soaring temperatures expected to reach and pass the century mark. There will be several categories, including biggest fish, most fish and heaviest total weight. The tournament is expected to draw about 60 boats. The dead carp will be disposed of in the county dump.

Bass fishing

On the bass fishing scene, the action is still rated excellent with just about everyone catching from 10 to 60 fish per day. The good news is the topwater action improves each day. The successful fishermen are casting plastic frogs back in the flooded tules. There are also weed mats starting to form and the bass have been holding beneath these mats. Drop-shotting a plastic worm also has been productive, especially for bass between 1-3 pounds. There have been reports of a few bass in the 5-pound-plus class being caught. Both the north and south ends of the lake are producing fish. The best times to fish have been at daylight and the last two hours before dark.

Crappie action

Crappie action has slowed a little, but good numbers of the slabsides are still being taken off the docks at Library Park in Lakeport and at Lakeside County Park. The crappie action has slowed considerably at the State Park.

Catfish action

Catfish action has been very good for the few anglers out after them. Some of the catfish being caught have been huge, weighing from 15 to 20 pounds.

The big mystery remains the lack of fishermen. For the most part the parking lots at the public boat ramps have been absent of trucks and boat trailers. Even the local tackle shops report there have been fewer fishermen this year. In past years the lake has been loaded with fishermen, but not this year.

Other lakes

Bass fishing at Indian Valley Reservoir remains excellent. Fishermen report nonstop action. Just about every point is stacked with bass that go from 1-5 pounds. Trout are also being caught.

At Lake Pillsbury, the bass fishing has been rated good and trout action has been fair. The lake hasn’t been stocked with trout in more than a month. There are several excellent campgrounds around the lake and the scenery is nothing short of fantastic. Herds of tule elk can be seen at just about every location around the lake. Campers are being warned to keep their food locked up because of the bears in the area.

Upper Blue Lake is kicking out some large trout for trollers working the middle of the lake. A few trout are being caught by bank fishermen. Bass fishing has also been good for fishermen drop-shotting a plastic worm or using jigs.

Closer to home, Highland Springs Reservoir is kicking out good topwater bass action. Fishermen using a float tube or kayaks have been catching from 10 to 20 fish per day. Adobe Creek Reservoir is another good choice for bass.

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