Delta Report

By James “Big Ed” Everhart


Water Temp… 75

Air temp…96

Weather… Cloudy no wind

Water Clarity… Stained

This Delta trip all started with an invite from my friend Anthony Souza, this would be my first major venture away from the house since my injury. Let me tell you I was extremely nervous and almost told him no, I decided to take a chance and see what happened. I made sure to hydrate take all my meds and get some sleep I figured this would give the best chance to fish for the day or 6 hours anyways. Lucky for me I was right and all the preparations led to a very fun and successful day on the Delta.

We launched at B&W Resort came out turned right and headed towards Frank’s Tract. On the way down I had Anthony stop at one of my favorite islands, I picked up the River2Seausa Whopper Plopper in the Blue Blood color. At the south end of this island is a big spawning flat that drops off into deep water, I  know this time of year the islands that have room to spawn on will hold those post spawners. With the fourth or fifth cast a nice size fish blew up on my bait this would happen five more times on this particular island with no successful hook ups. The original plan was to run south but we stopped at a tulie berm in Frank’s tract and while we didn’t catch anything my partner decided he wanted to see a little bit more of the middle delta. Here was a cool part; after that he let me drive his new Nitro Z-20, that was awesome. FYI, that is a badass ride. Ok, from Frank’s we headed to a a couple of my regular destinations, I was still wielding the Whopper Plopper making casts up on the shallow

Delta Fish

6 pound Whopper Plopper fish

areas of the islands and pulling out towards deeper water. When there was small pockets that the plopper wouldn’t work the river2sea bully-wa frog was used to look for fish. We had both started out with a white frog tied on but after only getting a few swirls it was time to switch to a darker color, I chose black and he picked dark green. I actually landed one 2+ pound bass on the black frog.  The bait that would do the trick for the rest of the day was the Plopper.

Now we just needed to find the pattern and we did that as well. What we found was that islands that had pronounced spawning areas had what I feel are resident fish. They don’t migrate away from the islands because its just to far to swim. One of the nicest parts of the trip was to see how much the high water of the winter cleaned out the hyacinth from a ton of the areas I fish. This was crucial to my bite, for the past couple years some of my best water has been taken away due to the hyacinth finally its open again should make for a good year. One of the other keys was lay down wood when we worked the flats that had wood the bites came in bunches. The first fish that I landed on the Plopper was just about 6 pounds and it came right off a lay down log in about three feet of water at high tide. Up till then which was about 8am I had about six or seven good fish hit and get off, it was becoming frustrating but I knew eventually they would eat it. A few casts later I landed my second fish  then a third, fourth, fifth, etc, to say the least they started to chew. I was still getting fish on and losing them and getting fish that were short striking but it was still fun. I’m going to experiment with my hooks after this, try some Trokar EWG’s I think. Unfortunately for my partner he caught nothing had a couple on that came unbuttoned but no landed fish, he never picked up the plopper just kept fishing the Chatterbait, Frog and Grassburner to no avail. This just goes to say that it was not an easy day out there, the fishing was tough. I can honestly say this was the best day I have ever had with the plopper and now that I have a better grasp on its potential it will be a staple in my Delta arsenal. At twelve it was time to start heading back so we ran all the way back to Perry’s and tried to fish the weed line I had two more blow ups both appeared to be in the two to three pound class. Time for pictures then head

Delta sack

Delta sack

home. Hope this helps you on your next trip.

See you on the water,


Big Ed


Scott’s Flat Report

May 30, 2016

By James “Big Ed” Everhart

Air Temp….82

Water Temp….68 to 72

Wind…..5 to 7


Another great day on one of my favorite lakes. My son Cole and I decided Sunday to fish Scotts so we headed out Monday morning at 8am to hit the Smallmouth honey hole we love so much.

Standing on the dock getting ready to pick up my son he looks down and says there is a two pounder right at the dock, it turned out to be a good omen. We started fishing right in the marina

4+ beauties

4+ beauties

area on the highway 20 side of the lake, about twenty minutes in I looked down and saw a three-pound fish sitting on a bed in about eight feet of water. Picking up a couple of bed baits and playing with her for about ten minutes showed me that she was right in the middle of spawning and nothing was effecting her. I had been fishing an IMA topwater bait just to see if I could get a reaction bite that late in the day, didn’t happen. After seeing the fish spawning a subsurface bait seemed the right choice, tying on an LBS Tackle swim-bait head and Bass Pro Shops Speed Shad in the Site Fish color was my first choice and it was a good one. Five casts in and a four plus pound smallmouth inhales my bait, confidence started to build. We kept fishing on the north side of the lake for another few minutes then we had to make a quick run back to the dock. While I was handling some business Cole picked up a River2SeaUSA Bling made three casts next to a bush and picked up a nice two-pound smallmouth. Jumped back in the boat and off we went to the south side of the lake working every bush in the water. Armed with a Blade and swim-bait we covered water picking up a fish here and there mostly in random areas but the bushes were the main producers. After an hour we made a move towards the quarry, working the same pattern again picking up a few fish here

Mixed bag

Mixed bag

and there. Cole switched to a Drop-shot and immediately picked up two bass and a trout on a RoboWorm Morning Dawn, those were the only three fish caught on this bait.

At this point I was feeling poor so I sat down and let Cole take the front. He was able to pick up a couple more fish on the blade but the bite was slowing down and more people were showing up to take advantage of the beautiful holiday weather. We headed in got our photo’s and headed for home. Hope this helps on your next trip.

See you on the water,

Big Ed




Upper Salmon Lake Report

By James “Big Ed” Everhart

May 26-27, 2016

Water Temp 41-43

Air Temp 42-61

Cloudy on Thursday

Clear on Friday and breezy

This Past Thursday and Friday I took my dad to a new lake for the both of us. I’ve fished in lakes all around this one in my 30 years of fishing the area but for some reason this one never made the list. This wasn’t going to be a trolling trip it was just a break out the chair and sit on the shore day. Thursday we arrived at the lake around 10 am the report on the DFG site said they were going to plant the lake the week of the 22nd so the first thought I had was Powerbait but just for sure measures we stopped  and picked up some nightcrawlers. Upper Salmon Lake is a 41 acre lake sitting at 6500′ elevation in Sierra county above Sierra City, it is also like most of the lakes in the area absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. There is a small dock that is owned by the lodge on the far side of the lake they do allow you to fish from it. The boat ramp is immediately adjacent to the dock, this is where the fish plants take place.

On Thursday I started out with Rainbow Garlic Powerbait on one rod and a nightcrawler on the other. My setup for both was a Carolina rig style with a quarter ounce weight, for the Powerbait

Native Brook trout

Native Brook trout

I was using a number 16 treble hook and for the worm a number 8 bait hook. The lake has a shallow rim then a drop off I was casting approximately 30 yards out it appeared to be close to twenty feet deep. It only took about twenty minutes to get my first bite but I did not get the hook set, it was on the nightcrawler rig. The trout caught on Thursday were all Brook Trout and all were caught on the nightcrawler rig, ended up catching two fish and had four bites all day. We had to leave the lake at 1pm for some appointments but decided that it was not enough so we would return on Friday.

DFG planting truck

750 lbs of meat.

Friday we arrived at the lake around the same time as Thursday but this time I was more focused on the nightcrawler rig, unfortunately the fish just weren’t  biting as well as they were on the previous day. We fished for about two hours without a bite, the weather had changed with the clouds of yesterday being replaced with clear skies and a bit of a breeze. At 1 pm the fishing would get a lot easier as the DFG planting truck would pull up and drop 750 pounds of fish in the lake. A real fishing report is probably not needed at this point since planted trout are not the hardest fish to catch but there are a couple of tricks I can give you that seemed to help me get fish when others were not. I started by switching back to powerbait but I used an additive to my bait that seemed to get more bites its called Lip Ripperz hatchery dust . I’m not sponsored by them or anything just find that it gets more bites when I’m dealing with planted trout. The other tip I had was that a gold bladed spinners with either yellow or black bodies were getting bit 6 to 1 over a Kastmaster, I was using a Mepps spinner. As the fish get more established in the lake they will of course become more difficult to catch so hopefully this report will help you narrow down your options and get you some fish. 

Upper Salmon trout

Dad And I with limits on Friday.

See you on the water,

Big Ed



Scotts Flat Report

By James “Big Ed” Everhart

Water Temp…..59-60

Air Temp…..61-64

Water Clarity….. Clear

Wind…..5 to 10 mph and gusty

Alright the warmer weather has finally got the Smallmouth in Scotts Flat thinking about spawning. I was finally able to get out on the water this past weekend, it wasn’t as long as I wanted but with my recent injury the four hours I got was plenty. The wife, dogs and myself decided to hit the lake around 2pm on Saturday. We Launched from the highway 20 side and ran to the Cascade shores area. I started out throwing a River2Sea S-Waver first cast I had 4 big fish all in the 4 to 5 pound range follow the bait all the way back to the boat. I immediately picked up my tube and cast it in their direction, unfortunately I didn’t hook up with any of them. I continued fishing the S-Waver and kept getting followers but not one hook up. I decided to switch up to a River2sea rig walker this is a smaller bait but still a swim-bait, second cast I hooked up with a small bass around 1.5 pounds. I continued down the bank concentrating on water that was 0 to 15 feet deep, got two more hits but no hook ups. I decided to run towards the Quarry area and look in the backs of the pockets for beds, found a couple but no fish on them. The way the weather had been recently I figured this might happen move up to spawn then pull off. kept working the shallow areas looking for spawners or big girls moving up to spawn. I switched over to a wacky rig Senko in Green Pumpkin on a Double Wacky Hook, first cast I picked up another small fish then every other cast for about twenty casts I caught bucks. So, now I figured out a bait they would eat now I just needed t

Scotts Flat

Three pound smallmouth

o find the bigger fish and get them to eat. I decided to move into the mouth of the river, as soon as I did I found a couple nice fish. Both ended up being in the three pound range they were in 8ft of water near some wood they may have been on beds but if they were I couldn’t see them if they were. Around now my body was starting to give up on me so it was time to leave. The bigger fish are moving shallow but with the unsettled weather they just weren’t quite there yet. If you’re heading up to Scotts Flat look shallow and be aggressive you can get into some really nice smallmouth.

Bullards Bar

Bullards Bar Report

By James “Big Ed” Everhart

April 5th 2016

Water Temp…58-59

Water Clarity…Clear to Stained

Air Temp…79

Wind…10 to 15 mph

Started today at around 11am, launched from dark day ramp. The bite has been more of an afternoon bite hence the late start. Started in the flooded willows that were adjacent to clay banks on the main body of the lake, had my clients throwing tubes and shaky heads with 7 inch worms. I was throwing a 4 inch swim-bait, got a couple bites but never landed a fish today on that bait. On the other hand the clients started catching fish almost immediately but the bite was really peculiar as they never caught anymore than one fish per area except on a steep clay bank up the main river arm, the key to it seemed to be the shaded area. I was marking fish all the way out to 25 feet but those fish were not active at all. All the fish we caught were in the 4 to 8 foot range with the clay banks that had no rock on them being the best producer. Unfortunately we never hooked up with any of the Bullards Bar giants that the lake is so well-known to produce this time of year. Today was a rat fest, the biggest fish caught was 14 inches. We caught a lot of fish today but they were just small ones. With the water rising almost a foot a day still, the big girls haven’t moved up to spawn yet. The water temp and clarity are perfect but I searched all day and never found a single bed. With the weather starting to warm and hopefully the water beginning to stabilize it should only be a couple more weeks till the spawn kicks off.

Hope this helps, see you on the water.




Shad bite on the Delta

Water color…Clear

Water Temp…44-51

Air temp…74

Wind… 1-2 mph

On a recent trip to the California Delta I found that the crawdad bite was not to be found, the shad eaters were out in force though.

I took a buddy and his dad out to the delta recently, I was told the bite was tough. The reports were right , it was a tough bite. We got a later start than intended, battery issues kept us off the water till 11:30. Launched from Ladd’s and headed towards Franks Tract, just wanting to fish middle Delta. The water temp around Ladd’s was 44-46 but as we neared Frank’s it jumped into the 50’s. Tide was low and starting to come in.

It ended up being a fun day on the water with a good time had by all. for us it was shallow bass on isolated tullies and weed line points in very calm protected water. the bite was also better if water temp was closer to 50 degrees.The first place we fished was a small island that had shallow flats on all sides but dropped into a channel on the north side. We got two small bites on drop-shotted worms, nothing else at this spot. Off we went continuing west, the next island was a much more productive one as we picked up the spinnerbaits and the

Shad eater

Another one focused on Shad

chatter-baits. We caught a few nicer fish up to around 5 pounds most were coming on the Spinnerbait with only one coming on the Chatter-bait. I think the fact that the tide was coming in helped put the fish in the shallow water. This allowed us to target visually pronounced weed lines that bass were using as ambush areas. As the day got on we could almost call our shots, never finding fish over the 5 pound class but putting around 18 pounds in the box for our best 5. Like I said before it was a tough day by Delta standards (size wise) but we caught a lot of fish and had a really fun day. hope this helps.

See you on the water…

Big Ed

Clearlake Fishing Report

By James “Big Ed” Everhart
Date February 7 2016
Water temp…..49 to 53
Air temp…..65 to 71
Water clarity….. Stained
Wind….. 5 to 10

Clearlake, Bass, Robo Worms

4 pound Clearlake bass on a Robo Worm

It was boat pick up day for me again this Saturday so my son Cole and I jumped in the truck and headed to Clearlake. After a few other errands we launched the boat out of Lucerne around 12:30pm and headed to Kono Tayee area to see what we could get. I knew the drop shot bite would be going on so that’s the bait I handed to my son a Morning Dawn 4 in Robo Worm. His first cast was at the end of a dock, it landed him a   13 inch Clearlake giant, fun days are just for that “FUN”. I decided to throw the River2Sea Bumbershoot (A-Rig) with rig walker baits, this has become a staple for me in the late winter and early spring. I spent the first hour throwing that bait in all the depths I could find and never got a bite. then I switched to the Huddleston 68 special I finished the day altering between that and the Drop Shot. I never caught a swimbait fish I did get a couple hits but no hook ups. We fished the highway 20 side of the lake for our whole day mainly focusing on docks and rock piles. The Drop Shot in MM111 and Morning Dawn both 4 Inch were the bass catchers today as we landed 4 quality bass up to the 4LBS mark and around twenty bass altogether. It was a really fun day and right now the lake is fishing well, go have some fun. There was an ABA Clearlake region Tournament there that was won with 29 pounds no idea what they were throwing or where but there were tons of boats staked up in the Rodman slough area.

See you on the water,

Big Ed

Scotts Flat Fishing Report

By James “Big Ed” Everhart

Date…..February 14th, 2016
Water Temp…..47
Water Clarity…..Clear-Murky
Air Temp…..68-72
Wind…..10 to 0
Well the bite is very slow right now and I don’t just mean the number of bites, if you want to get bit you need to go slow! Winter still has  firm grasp on us ,even thought last few days fave been warm the cold water is effecting the fishing in a negative fashion. One of the truly positive effects this rain laden winter has brought us are lakes filling to capacity.  There are several small water flow inlets around the lake, fish are using them as feeding holes. We launched from the highway 20 side of the lake and then went right to the dam area. Started out fishing Huddleston 68 specials and drop shots in twenty to thirty feet of water, unfortunately there were no takers. We moved to the Cascade shores quaIMG_0306rry area and again started fishing 68 specials, drop shots and also incorporated the IMA Flit. By fishing the rocky area around the quarry I was hoping we would catch some smallmouth bass, all that actually happened was that I broke one fish off and Tina missed a bite on a drop shot. As we worked towards the the cascade shores launch ramp we found a creek flowing, cast in and hooked up a small largemouth. We started fishing the area in a more deliberate way hoping to find a few more fish using the area. With no other hook ups I decided to drive up towards the river, looking for small inlets we found two, got two fish. Now our pattern was set. Drag drop shotted worms in the Warmouth color around incoming water as slow as you possibly can. Try from 6 to 11 feet deep and don’t shake the worm at all. Good Luck out there.

See you on the water


Big Ed

Delta Championship, Delta fishing, bass, Anglers Press, Ram Trucks

Delta Championship day 1

Delta Championship

By James “Big Ed” Everhart

I had pre-fished for this tournament for five days in two weeks, finding that there was a really nice Frog and Crankbait bite the first week and a Frog and Buzzbait bite the second week. The common denominator was the Frog. So, on tournament day I was prepared with two Frogs, a Buzzbait, a Punch set up and a Rover.

Saturday rolled around and we ran to our first spot, now one of the big keyes to our bite was the current. We needed the Deltas current to be moving to really activate our fish, our first stop was perfect the tide was going out and it positioned our fish right were we wanted them. Thirty minutes into the day we had our first five fish limit in the boat. Frogs and Buzzbaits did the trick fishing them around sparse tullies near deep water. This pattern held up for us all day and we culled up several times. If it had not been for missing several big bites we would have weighed in the top ten first day, instead we ended day one in 33rd place with 12.35 pounds.

The second day of the Delta Championship.

Sunday started with another run to our area on the delta but the The Frog Bite and the Buzzbait bite were gone it took us and hour to put the first fish in the boat and it came on a River2Sea Rover. the rest of the day was spent in wonder of where our bite had gone. We tried all the same areas with the same baits to no avail. Around ten thirty my partner put another solid keeper in the boat, once again on a Rover. We came around one point that had a lot of current on it and caught nothing then noticed the current slamming the tullie lined rock bank in front of us. It just looked like a great bank to throw a Senko. Second cast three pounder in the boat, then it was on. I tied on the Senko and loaded the boat with two more fish both in the five pound range. This was all at 11:15 our weigh-in time was 12:00 no time to waist. Fished our way back to Sugar Barge and weighed in our 17.95 pound bag. This placed us in 12th overall with a two day total of 30.80 pounds for the Delta Championship.
The key to catching fish for us never changed all weekend current on sparse tullies by deep water. The baits changed to slower top water presentations and sub surface baits but the structure stayed the same.

See You On the Water,


Lake Kaweah Fishing Report

By James “Big Ed” Everhart

Not a lot of the Central Valley lakes have a ton of water this time of year, Kaweah is no different. It does seem to have launch ramps that go to the bottom of the lake.

I have taken a couple trips to this lake recently and have been able to catch a number of fish. No real size, just lots of tugs on the line. The largest has been a two and a half pound fish. Now, Kaweah is known for having some giant fish in it, my personal best is an 11 pounder. I have seen 13 pound fish taken and have seen pictures of 16+ pound monsters coming from the lake. Most of the big fish have all been in the spring, I have never heard of any real big fish being caught in the fall. You can’t catch a big fish if you don’t try so I tried.

Lake Kaweah, Bass, spotted bass,

Drop Shot fish

The water temperature was 64 degrees and the air temp was 84. Water levels had still been dropping and it had just been a full moon. It’s always tough this time of year to figure out what the bite will be. There are plenty of bait fish balling up, the trout are starting to move back towards the surface and the crawdads are still active. I decided to start with top-water baits and then gradually work my way down. I started by throwing a Lunker Punker on the main lake points and around any structure I could find. When that proved fruitless I changed to a Huddleston swimbait (ROF 5).  My partner started throwing the S-waver and a Skinny Dipper swimbait, we worked the same areas. After an hour of fishing those baits, I switched to the tried and true bait that seems to work every time the drop-shot. I took the Pro Worm Rainbow Shad out and made a cast into the area that I had just gone through with the HUD. First cast hooked a bass; this was the start of a 25 fish day. Now, there were no giants caught but sometimes just catching fish can be fun.  I was catching most of the fish in 12 feet of water, as I drifted out over deeper water (30-40 feet) I would mark a few fish. I tried to catch these fish but it was tough they just seemed more lock jawed. Finally I took out a 3 inch Pro Leech in Purple Shad; third cast into the deeper water rewarded me with the biggest fish of the day. Having this new knowledge lead me to fish for the deeper fish, thinking “this is where the bigger fish might be lying,” I picked up the HUD again. After another half hour of no bites, back to the drop-shot, this time sticking with the deeper water and the smaller bait. Caught only one fish and it wasn’t a big fish.

So, if you’re headed out to Lake Kaweah in the next few weeks I would still tell you to bring the big baits and keep them handy. You just want to make sure and have that drop-shot rod ready. Focus on the areas of the lake that have some bottom structure and depth changes. Keep your eyes on your graph, when you find bait balls drop down your bait. First thing in the morning seemed to be the better bite, action wise.

Good Luck out there,

Big Ed-


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