The weeds have been slowly giving up the ghost and the jig bite with any trailer has been the go to bait of choice. The bass are gorging themselves on crawdads as the water cools triggering their instinct to build up fat reserves for the oncoming winter months.
One area I've found to constantly produce big bass in the 4-7 lb. range, especially those pesky double digit channels cats that are in abundance like the bluegill from a few years ago, is between The Four Poles and The Old Clearlake Boat Works... both at the end of Oak Cove. This area has rock piles along the shoreline with flat bottom lake bed going out 40 yards lined with numerous different size rocks which large bass move constantly looking for crawdads. The population of crawdads in this area is huge. One glance inside the marina will show you the casings otters leave behind after each buffet.
I don't mind catching 7-10 lb. cats every once in a while as I'm targeting bass with jigs, but catching 4-5 double digit channels in the 12-15 lb. range gets pretty taxing on light gear... the arms... and the time frame required for each one.
Lipless ghost minnow crank bait retrieved yo-yo style in deep water near rock piles has been pretty effective for bigger bass.
Good luck fishing and keep in mind the wind is not your friend this time of the year...
, assuming you'll be out in a boat.