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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish and white perch at Clear Lake in California.

Clear Lake, CA

Clear Lake is the second largest natural, freshwater lake in California. Nineteen miles long and up to eight miles wide the lake offers plenty of room for boating, water sports and fishing. With average high temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the low-90s it provides a comfortable lake to fish almost year round. Boating, water skiing, camping and other water sport recreation can be experienced throughout spring, summer and fall. The town of Clearlake and Lakeport cater to vacationers and and anglers.

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Clear Lake, located in Northern California, is known as one of the top bass fishing destinations in the state. It offers exceptional fishing opportunities for both recreational and professional anglers. The lake is renowned for its trophy-sized largemouth bass, which attract fishing enthusiasts from far and wide.

In addition to largemouth bass, Clear Lake is home to other popular fish species such as smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and catfish. The lake's healthy ecosystem supports a robust fish population, making it an ideal destination for anglers seeking a variety of fishing experiences. Whether you prefer casting your line for bass or trying your luck with catfish, Clear Lake has something to offer for every angler.

Clear Lake's combination of abundant fish species, boating opportunities, and camping options make it a favorite destination for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. The lake's reputation as a premier bass fishing location, coupled with its picturesque surroundings, attracts visitors from all over who are seeking a memorable fishing adventure. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner looking to hone your skills, Clear Lake provides an unforgettable fishing experience.

Clear Lake is a fishing paradise.

Channel and white catfish, black and white crappie, bass (including Florida strain largemouth) and bluegill inhabit the lake. It is known as a bass factory and produces large stringers of quality fish. Crappie fishing is fair. Check with local officials before eating fish from Clear Lake as levels of mercury can reach dangerous levels, at times.

Bass Fishing At Clear Lake

Revered as one of the top bass-tournament lakes in the west, Clear Lake consistently yields large stingers of bass. Fish shallow in spring and summer then concentrate deeper as the water cools into fall and winter. Swimbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater are all good choices for shallow to medium depths. Worms, jigs and other soft plastics also work well from very shallow to deep, depending on the time of year.

Primary fish species residing in Clear Lake.

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Sunfish White Perch

Clear Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Fishing Reports, Forums & Blogs

Bassin With Bob - Fishing reports for Clear Lake.

Today's Weather & Forecast

Average high and average low, monthly temperatures at Clear Lake.

  • January 55° - 32°
  • February 58° - 34°
  • March 62° - 36°
  • April 67° - 39°
  • May 76° - 45°
  • June 84° - 52°
  • July 92° - 55°
  • August 90° - 53°
  • September 85° - 49°
  • October 75° - 42°
  • November 62° - 35°
  • December 55° - 32°

Boating is a common sight on Clear Lake, as it provides anglers with easy access to different parts of the lake and prime fishing spots. Whether you have your own boat or prefer to rent one, you can explore the lake's expansive waters and find your ideal fishing spot. From motorboats to kayaks, there are options available to suit every preference and level of experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Clear Lake Cottages & Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, bass boats, kayaks and pontoons
707 995-5253

Disney's Boat Rentals
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and pontoons
707 263-0969


Braito's Buckingham Marina
1555 Eastlake Dr
Kelseyville, CA 95451
707 279-4868

Clear Lake Cottages & Marina
13885 Lakeshore Dr
Clearlake, CA 95422
707 995-5253

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Clearlake Oaks Boat Launch
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Island Drive, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Clear Lake State Park Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off State Park Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and plenty of paved parking.

Redbud Park Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Lakeshore Drive, this is an eight-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Riviera Heights Boat Launch
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Soda Bay Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and plenty of paved parking.

Camping is a popular activity for those looking to fully immerse themselves in the Clear Lake experience. Several campgrounds surround the lake, offering scenic views and convenient access to the fishing grounds. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, you can find suitable accommodations near the lake, allowing you to spend more time fishing and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

Camping & Campgrounds At Clear Lake

Clearlake Resort & Campground - 707 994-6267

Funtime RV Park & Campground - 707 994-6267

Lakefront Motorhome & RV Park - 707 994-1194

Shaw's Shady Acres Campground - 707 994-2236

Clear Lake State Park

Located midway along the southwest perimeter of the lake, Clear Lake State Park offers camping, hiking, fishing and picnicking. Call 707 279-4293.

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Clear Lake CA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Rentals & Lodging Nearby Clear Lake

There is a wide variety of lodging accommodations to choose from, located all around the lake. In communities like Lakeport, Lucerne, Clear Lake Oaks, Clearlake and Kelseyville you can find hotels, motels, resorts, cabins and vacation rentals.


Jules Resort - 707 994-6491

Lake Place Resort - 707 998.-3331

Sea Breeze Resort - 707 998-3327

Cabin Rentals

Clear Lake State Park - 707 279-4293.

Hotels & Motels

Anchorage Inn - 707 263-5417

Lake Haven Motel - 707 998-3908

Vacation Rentals

Area Accommodations

Real Estate, Homes & Property

Shore Line Realty - 707 998-1137

Contact Information

Clear Lake
City of Clearlake
14050 Olympic Drive
Clearlake, CA 95422
707 994-8201


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Clear Lake in Northern California.

Excellent largemouth bass fishing in northwest CA.

Fishing at Clear Lake, in California.