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CLEAR LAKE - What You Need To Know
CLEAR LAKE INFORMATION
Size and Depth
At 43,663 acres Clear Lake is the largest body of water lying
entirely within the borders of California.
Clear Lake is shallow with an average depth of 21 feet and a maximum
of 59 feet. The lake is about 18 miles long and 7 miles wide. Water
levels fluctuate about 5 to 6 feet per year.
This natural lake contains numerous inlets. A dam was constructed at
the base of the lake in 1915 to help stabilize water levels. The dam
is maintained by the Yolo County Flood Control and Water
There are 100 miles of shoreline, much of which is privately owned.
There are many docks, retaining walls, pilings and rock rip-rapped
Extremely fertile with clarity varying from a normal of less than 2
feet to as much as 15 feet on occasion. Heavy blooms of blue-green
algae, particularly during summer, combined with suspended sediments
cloud the water and limit transparency.
Most of the shore is lined with docks, pilings, piers and other
man-made, fish-attracting structures. Tules, large boulders,
submerged brush, hydrilla and other vegetation also provide cover.
Clear Lake supports an excellent largemouth bass fishery that boasts
one of the highest catch rates in California. Stocking of both
Florida and northern strains has produced a population characterized
by quality as well as quantity. The lake record largemouth was
caught in 1990 and weighed 171/2 pounds. Several fish over 10 pounds
are caught each year, and fish in the 2- to 4-pound range are
considered average. An excellent crappie fishery with good-size fish
can also be caught.
Sacramento hitch, carp, Sacramento perch, threadfin shad,
Mississippi silverside, and juvenile panfish.
LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION
Driving Directions to Clear Lake (Lakeport)
Clear Lake State Park
Lake County Online
Lake County Lodging
Department of Water Resources (Clear Lake)
Current Lake Level, USGS
Current Clear Lake Dam Releases, USGS
Cal Trans Road Conditions
California Department of Boating & Waterways
United States Coast Guard
California Department Of Fish & Game
LINKS OF INTEREST
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