Our club usually heads up there every September and April. Weather is sometimes a little rough, but overall we've had pretty good luck. We usually stay at the Konocti Vista Casino in Lakeport, or Lake Point Lodge in Clear Lake Oaks. This past September a group of us stayed at the Clear Lake Vista Resort in Kelseyville and it was awesome......here's a report from my website
Date: 9/15 - 9/18
Location: Clear Lake
Water Temp: 72.3 - 74.1
Visibility: 1' or less
Ten of us spent four days at Clear Lake Vista Resort, located in Soda Bay on Clearlake. It was a truly unbelievable trip, surrounded by family (My dad, Uncle, and Cousin), as well as several great firends. We were met by great weather and absolutely unbelieveable fishing. All of us were catching 30-45 fish a day....very few dinks, and several fish over 4lbs. The largest of the trip weighing in at 6.14lbs. In the spirit of a little family competition, we decided to throw $20 each into a pot, then weigh in your largest fish everyday, the heaviest weight after four days takes it all. I was fortunate enough to take the prize with four fish weighing in at about 19 1/2lbs......my biggest fish coming in at 6.02lbs on a Black Sapherie Zoom Brush Hog. I caught approxitmately 125 keepers over the four days on a 3/8oz. Johnny C's - Reservior Lures, brown jig, rigged with a Yamamoto green pumpkin with purple and black flake twin tail grub. I also caught fish on Senko's, brush hogs, worms, spoons, crankbaits, lipless, topwater, swimbaits, and some new soft plastic baits by Dropshot Gin....but nothing compared to the quantity and qaulity of the jig bite. I was throwing my jigs on a Dobyns DX 784C ML Champion Extreme, paired with an ABU Garcia Revo reel, spooled with 12lb. BPS Excel monofiliment. Key was as soon as you felt the bite, to reel until you felt pressure, then set the hook. I missed 10-12 fish the first day by setting as soon as I felt the bite. That actually seemed to be a key for all soft plastics I threw.
I definitely want to give a shout out to the folks at Clear Lake Vista Resort. The rooms were very reasonable priced, the docks were nice (power in each berth), they accomadted all of us on fairly short notice, even let one guy stay in his truck tent in the parking lot, and let us BBQ a couple nights on the water front. Besides with the boat ramp not being open (water level), and the dock ramp being a little steep (again, water level), this place is a must, and I know my fellow anglers agree....will be back www.clvresort.com/
Another shout out to the guys and gals at Richmond Park Bar and Grill in Kelseyville. We have been hitting that place up for years, and it always seems like there making more, and more improvements, every time we come back. Great food, Great service, and Great docks, right on the water. www.richmondparkbarandgrill.net/