Get ready for the Clear Lake Fishing Tournament in California

Tom Keer

Spring is coming in a few weeks’ time, which means pro-am anglers will be thinking about the 2018 Clear Lake fishing tournament. The Clear Lake fishing tournament is part of the California tournament trail. No stranger to the California fishing industry, Doug McKa won the 2017 Clear Lake Fishing Tournament with 45.72 pounds of bass landed. It’s safe to say that he loves fishing in Clear Lake.

The entrance to Clear Lake is through the state park just over 3 miles northeast of Kelseyville. It’s a place that has a marina and ramp, but also has camping, RV hookups, and activities for non-fishermen in your group. In 2016, Clear Lake landed on the Top 100 Family Fishing, Friendly Fishing and Boating Spots in America for good reasons.

Clear Lake is the state’s largest natural freshwater lake, known for producing not only lots of bass, but great bass too. The current lake record loudmouth is a whopping 17.52 pounds. The Costa FLW Series Clear Lake Fishing Tournament 2018 will take place May 10-12. In addition, the Clear Lake fishing tournament is supported by professional bass fishing organizations such as US Bass, Cal Bass, and Western Bass. In fact, they have named Clear Lake the nation’s number 2 bass fishing lake. Other pro anglers simply call Clear Lake the bass capital of the west.

California fishing is good and runs year round. If you want to stand out from catching trophy largemouth bass (who knows, maybe!) Then you know there are plenty of other fish to catch as well. Clear Lake is home to large numbers of catfish, blackfish, Sacramento perch, crappies, and bluegills. If your competition juices are flowing after the bass tournament, stay an extra week. The Clear Lake Catfish Tournament runs May 18-20 and is home to more than 1,000 anglers competing for the first prize of $ 4,000. The Clear Lake Catfish Tournament is now in its 35th year and features the best catfish fishing west of Mississippi.

Spring is just around the corner, so get ready for tournament season. Or just tune your boat and fish with your family. The choice is yours and it is a good one. Check out the fishing and boating spots near you!

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at or