Fishing Report: Striper fishing on the rise in Napa River

Fishing Report: Striper fishing on the rise in Napa River
Napa Valley Register – Napa,CA,USA

Fishing Report: Striper fishing on the rise in Napa River
Friday, December 24, 2004

By BILL RYAN
NVP Services

Napa River. While there seems to be the regular seasonal slow down of striper fishing, improved clarity in the upper river seems to have put them back on the prod right now. Fish with cut sardines or anchovies; troll with Broken-back Rebels or Rattletraps for best results. Live bait like mud suckers will work in the south river. While you’re there, target sturgeon as well. A few have been sighted down there. Shrimp, shad and eel strips should do the trick.

Don’t ask me where the phantom “Hanson’s Landing” restaurant came from. I’m going to blame it on my computer. The one on the river that we like is Moore’s Landing on Cuttings Wharf Road, 253-2439.

Lake Berryessa. Anglers continue to score with some basic approaches:

1. Trout — troll the surface with Needlefish or Pins Minnows. No salmon in the latest report from the lake.

2. Bass — Slow down and fish plastics on rocky points in 8 feet of water.

3. Crappie — This solid bite continues for tiny jigs and minnows fished on the bottom around docks with the most brush. Cappell Cove still seems to be hot.

Conn Dam/Lake Hennessey. Still not a lot of news yet. Take the kids out with some power bait and worms while they are out of school during this nice sunny weather. There was a major trout plant a couple of weeks ago.

Clear Lake. We only boated and released eight bass last Friday. While we lost a couple, two of the ones we landed were four and a half pounds. Tossing jumbo minnows in front of the tulles in shallow water worked best. Limit Out Bait & Tackle is on a little holiday till the 28th. Meanwhile you can get your minnows from Pete at Glenhaven Beach a bit farther up on Rt. 20. Call him at 998-3406 for details.

Bodega Bay. The Payback, which has been running crab trips this season, is going to take a holiday break through Jan. 1. Call Wil’s Bait & Tackle (875-2323) for details after the first.

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