Fishing Report Napa River
Murky and muddy. Normally clear at this time, the river is still “cloudy.” It may be that the construction on bridges at Imola Avenue and First Street in Napa could be contributing to that.
Chad Hole at Sweeney’s Sports (255-5544) said that the regular tidal action is just pushing all of that stuff up and down — not letting it flow through down river. As a result, the striper action is confined to smaller fish best caught from the bank on cut bait like anchovies, sardines or frozen shad.
There has been an occasional keeper caught trolling and casting.
In fact, Kathie Pulliam, the vice president of the Napa Valley Fly Fishermen, fooled a striper on a fly the other night.
Anglers still have got to get their trolling rigs way down (55 to 65 feet) to score both trout and salmon. It’s hot up there; usually that means lots of bass on underwater rocks and under docks will fall to a drop shot. Try a wacky worm senko, too. Got to keep moving to find them. Catfish love hot weather so now’s the time. Liver and other stink baits work best early and late if kept on the bottom.
San Pablo Dam Reservoir
This reservoir receives trout plants all through the summer (unlike other lakes where plants are suspended for the summer). So, trout fishing is good. Bankies will score with a crawler/marshmallow combo sprayed with attractant under an 18-inch leader.
Go early or late and on cooler days. Troll for trout using heavier lures behind a flasher. The whisker fish bite can go wide open in the late afternoon. Best bet is chicken liver. Target bass with spinner baits or cranks early or late.
Whopper List — bass weighing 8 pounds, 7.5, 7.3, 6.5, 6, and 5.1. Add in a 15-pound catfish.
The hot water bass bite is on. Find submerged rocks, find bass. We caught 14 bass to 4.5 pounds on one spot without ever moving the boat.
Try your favorite system, but the ones that work every time are Roboworm’s Folkestad Special or MM III 6-inch straight tail blue worm on a dropshot.
Good weather and sea conditions were reported over the weekend. Salmon fishing was slow but the team at Wil’s (875-2323) said that rock fishing was very good.
Anglers know fishing is slow here when all of the pro staffers want to talk about tides, weeds and wind.
The best thing that happened there this weekend was the annual Pro Teen Bass Tournament out of Russo’s Marina on Bethel Island.
St. Helena angler Stefano Particelli placed ninth out of 76 contestants. This was his third appearance at this derby.
The trout bite continues to be hot in the Redding/Anderson area.
Fly anglers are scoring with Pheasant tail No. 14-16 and Micro Mayfly Nymphs. Spinners are also doing well with glo bugs and crickets.
It is hot up there with present flows at 15,000 cfs.
The king salmon season below Red Bluff opened Saturday — it was a slow day but typical. Look for bigger numbers in a week or two.
Call guide Kirk Portocarrero at (800) 670-4448 for details and bookings