NAPA – Boaters are catching some of the largest kokanee of the year at Lake Berryessa , although the fish are getting harder to catch . “ I found a few kokanee willing to play today at Berryessa on a recon mission looking for the big kokes on the move with my good friend Tammy .,” said Rich Crispi of TW Guide Service . “ We trolled deep at 88 to 115 ft . today with RMT moonshine dodgers and Apex lures .” They caught five kokanee , with the top three weighing 2.18 ; bs . ( 18in ) , 2.02 lbs . and 1.87 lbs . “ They are getting tougher to catch ,” said Crispi . “ You got to keep pounding them and follow them down .” Rene Villanueva reported similar kokanee action on a trip to the reservoir on August 19 , ending up with five kokanee to 18 inches . “ It was very smoky out there and the fish were from 8o to 103 ft . deep ,” said Villanueva . “ I trolled with a setback of 25 ft to 72 ft . I used orange , pink , gold and orange / gold dodgers with hoochies and Apex lures on long leaders at 1.3 mph .” For black bass , Don Paganelli of Paganelli ’ s Bass Fishing Experience recommends throwing top water lures over the weed beds in the morning at Berryessa , During the heat of the day , he advised anglers to use drop shot rigs with Robo Worms for smallmouth , largemouth and spotted bass in 20 to 30 feet of water .
- Dan Bacher
Dave had a great day fishing with RH Guide Service when he caught a striped bass and a salmon .
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– The kokanee fishing season is near its end at Bullards Bar Reservoir as the fish begin to display their spawning colors and get ready for the spawn . “ Boaters are still picking up kokanee at Bullards Bar Reservoir while trolling at 50 to 70 feet deep ,” reported Craig Newton at Willfish Bait and Tackle . “ We probably have another couple of weeks of good
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kokanee fishing left .” He recommended trolling with hoochies or spinners for the top action . Blue , purple and green are the most productive colors , The fish are staging for the spawn a little early up the river arm . Bullards Bar is holding 439,949 acre feet of water , 46 percent of capacity and 62 percent of average . For rainbow and brown trout , anglers should head to Englebright Reservoir . “ Boaters are hooking the rainbows while trolling nightcrawlers and dodgers behind flashers ,” said Newton . “ The browns are hitting Rapalas and other stick baits . Most of the fish go 14 to 15 inches long , although bigger rainbows and browns are also showing .” Englebright is holding 69,207 acre feet of water , 99 percent of capacity and 106 percent of average .
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BURSON - We here at Lake Camanche understand these difficult circumstances many in Northern California are facing right now . Basecamp Hospitality , Camanche Recreation Company , and EBMUD open our arms to victims fleeing the fires in the nearby northeast . We understand this daunting situation and want to help the best we can . In light of this dire situation , Lake Camanche has opened limited space at our South Shore Park in Calaveras County . South Shore Lake Camanche is located at 11700 Wade Lane , Valley Springs , CA . These spots are first come first serve , and we will welcome as many as we can . All we ask is for you bring some sort of proof of residency from the Caldor evacuation zones , so we can ensure the space goes to those who need it most . As these spaces are first come first serve , there are no reservations , but only check-ins at the South Shore Gate . This gate is open from 5am to 11pm , please come before close , or after opening .
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