Napa River fishing report – Looks like there are some bigger stripers in the river. As you know, the legal size is 18 inches and up. Regulars say that there is some improved action for these keeper fish on lures — trolling and casting. That should bode well for fly fishing as well. Bankies still score smaller bass with cut baits. Head south for sturgeon.
Conn Dam/Lake Hennessey
Those easier limits trolling for trout are fading as the weather warms up. Best bet is plunking along the shore with Powerbait or crawlers. Bass fishing has been tough all season so far. Now, they are setting up on deeper rock piles. This makes them tougher to find but catchable on drop shots or jigs.
Anglers should be looking at 40- to 60-foot depths and trolling Apexes or Needlefish for trout and salmon. Try your own favorite spots or the shoreline at Skier’s Cove and the south end of Spanish Flat Resort for best results. Look for bass on plastics at 20 feet. Keep smelly baits on the bottom for very good catfish action.
San Pablo Dam Reservoir
No whoppers posted this week. They probably had a whopper of a Fourth of July party instead. Call “That Dam Company” at (510) 223-1661 for information about fishing and picnicing at the dam.
Anglers can go early and have breakfast at the San Pablo Grille at 6 a.m. — then fish, swim, picnic and have fun with the whole family. They have added two-seater kayaks at $34 a day; motorboats start at $56 per day. In addition to picnic areas there is a kids’ play area and a private, reservable section, The Oaks, which can be rented for parties of 50 to 100. Expect to have a chance to land some big trout, bass and catfish. They are close by at 7301 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante, 94803. Request a brochure at (925) 426-3060.
Mostly “Bah Humbug” — there were several complaints from the Delta, such as “too hot” or “too windy” or “too many party boats.”
The one good note was that the water had cleared a lot and seemed to be staying clear. Hopefully there will be some more and better information for you next week.
Listen to these pro scout reports from Kirk Portocarrero (800-670-4448) on the Redding-Anderson stretch of the Sac:
“Fly fishing for rainbow trout is fantastic … producing many nice rainbows from two to six pounds drifting Redding to Anderson.”
Dave Jacobs and Hank Mautz (800-355-3113) faxed in this note:
“The trout bite from Redding to Red Bluff is the best it’s been in over a month.”
Try a combo trip of trout at Redding early and shad at Red Bluff to end the day. Get ready for the opening day for king salmon on the Sac below Red Bluff. It is Saturday, July 16.
Old timers believe this could be the run of the century — don’t miss it.
By Bill Ryan
SPECIAL TO THE WEEKLY CALISTOGAN