Fishing Report Napa, CA, USA
It continues to be hot here and fishing is slow. The team at Spanish Flat Marina recommends another drop in your trolling depth to 60 to 70 feet for a slow trout.
Go for the cats early and late; it is a good bite on livers, crawlers, dip bait and hot dogs. Keep them on the bottom.
Look for rocky banks in 20 feet of water and throw plastics for bass.
It’s at least as hot on Clear Lake but the bass there love it. Drop shot your favorite 6-inch worm on submerged rocks or in front of the greenest tules and you can boat 20 or more bass per rod per day.
Rogue winds and early fog have kept a damper on fishing here recently. Then, without warning, a great day happens. It’s been like that for some time now. The pro team at Wil’s Bait and Tackle keep an eye on the weather starting way before sun up. Call them for the latest scoop and a reservation for a day on the water. Their phone is 875-2323.
The salmon opener on the 16th was mixed at best. Slow to fair — but not untypical. The report is that 2005 will be the best king salmon run in the river in memory. One million are predicted to make the run.
Meanwhile, don’t wait. Dave Jacobs and Hank Mautz of the Professional Guide Service (800 355-3113) called in to say that combo trout/shad trips are still the way to go. Plenty of big, wild rainbows in Redding at sun up — then down river for an afternoon targeting hard-charging American shad.
While the flows finally got up to 4,000 cfs, salmon action has slowed down. Looks like an average of about 1 per boat per day.
Things haven’t changed too much; it’s still tough to land a keeper striper. I am hearing a little buzz about a few anglers who have gotten into some. Hope to have more news next week.
San Pablo Dam Reservoir
“Cat are king right now!” This is the latest word from the dam. Toss chicken liver or mackerel early or late. Although, this whopper, 12.8 lbs, was caught on Powerbait.
Try rainbow Powerbait from the bank for trout. Target the Main Rec. area. Trolling is tough in this heat wave. Pull colored spoons behind light flashers. Be sure to adjust your trolling depth with each pass until you find fish.
Scow Canyon and the rental docks are the best spots for bass on plastic worms. The whopper of the week was one that weighed 14.11 pounds!
I’d be fishing for largemouth bass on the Delta right now. Places like Frank’s Tract are holding some nice bass. Rig your sparkly Senko “wacky” style and drag it over the bottom. Keep your frog rod at hand. Pound every little bit of slop and mat. Try a Bobby Barrack yellow head Snag Proof frog
High temps, slow fishing at Berryessa
By Bill Ryan