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    Re: The hunt continues....

    Something of interest I found concerning mercury in clear lake and berryessa
    Clear Lake does have a warning. The Health Department advises that women between the ages of 18-45 and youngsters ages 1-17 eat no bass from Clear Lake and only one serving a week of crappie or catfish. Women and men older than 45 can eat one serving of bass a week and no more than three servings of crappie or catfish. The guidelines are even tougher at Lake Berryessa. Those guidelines there call for young women and children to eat no bass or crappie and for those older than 45 to eat only one serving a week. A single serving is a fillet about the size and thickness of your hand.
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    Re: The hunt continues....

    Bummer on that mercury level, that place is loaded with good eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MVP View Post
    Ok, so I was told that fish were not good to eat out of Clear Lake. The said the mercury levels are crazy.
    Same here. Id try it though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Plug-n-Jug View Post
    Clear lake is loaded with them. Fished it last Sunday at Clear Lake State Park. Crappie to 13" and Gills to 9". Took the kayak but didn't need it. It was fairly easy pickings using jigs, 1'"of a crawler or meal worms 3-4' under a bobber. Its only getting started there so it will be red hot in a few weeks.

    Ok, so I was told that fish were not good to eat out of Clear Lake. The said the mercury levels are crazy.

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    That doesn't sound so bad at all.

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    Clear lake is loaded with them. Fished it last Sunday at Clear Lake State Park. Crappie to 13" and Gills to 9". Took the kayak but didn't need it. It was fairly easy pickings using jigs, 1'"of a crawler or meal worms 3-4' under a bobber. Its only getting started there so it will be red hot in a few weeks.
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    Re: The hunt continues....

    They're in Capell cove. Kind of spread out because there is SO much brush for them to spawn in, but when you find a group of them, you can catch every cast. We put a ton of fish in the freezer this past Monday and Tuesday. Not sure how far back you can walk on the shore, but if you could get a canoe or kayak, that's all you would need. I don't have any advice to give for the Delta, from shore. But if I was stuck to the shoreline, I would look for sloughs with bends, where the current slows down. If there's a fallen tree, some other structure, that would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1969glasspar View Post
    Have you tried in cappell cove at lake berryessa? It has the perfect type of cover for them and they should be staging in areas like that to get ready for the spawn. Thats where i would try. Also it is a free day use area so all it would cost is time and gas money to give it a shot.

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    I wanted to catch my first delta crappie. I will look up lake Berryessa and fishing regulations though. I have never fished there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MVP View Post
    Ok, so I have been doing my scouting and my homework. I see places that people are catching crappie, but it seems like its only accessible by boat. I know what lures and what live bait to invest in. It still seems difficult to find a location where I can catch them from shore.
    Have you tried in cappell cove at lake berryessa? It has the perfect type of cover for them and they should be staging in areas like that to get ready for the spawn. Thats where i would try. Also it is a free day use area so all it would cost is time and gas money to give it a shot.

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    Ok, so I have been doing my scouting and my homework. I see places that people are catching crappie, but it seems like its only accessible by boat. I know what lures and what live bait to invest in. It still seems difficult to find a location where I can catch them from shore.

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