Fish Sniffer Magazine Volume 41 Issue 15 - Page 11

VOL . 41 • ISS . 15

FRESHWATER

September 16 , 2022
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FRESHWATER REPORTS :
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BERRYESSA LAKE
Rainbows , Kings and Bass Reward Late Summer Trollers
NAPA – The kokanee bite is over now for the season at Lake Berryessa , but don ’ t despair , since rainbow trout are on a hot bite .. Nate Kelsch of Big Nate ’ s Guide Service reported full limits of rainbow trout every day , along with a few big kings and some spotted and smallmouth bass , on his latest trolling adventures on Berryessa . The rainbows have ranged from 14 to 23 inches long . “ Today Mark and Andrew caught full limits of rainbows to 21 inches and one king weighing 4-1 / 2 pounds . We were off the water by 9:30 a . m .,” Kelsch said on September 7 . “ We have been trolling with Speed Spoons , Needlefish and broken back Rapalas from the surface to 70 feet deep .” “ The fish are staying inside the bait schools . We have been fishing the main body of the lake , but the bait is moving around every day ,:” he observed . On his previous trip Berryessa , Mark , Roy and Mike of Gone Fishing Marine loaded up with 2 kings to 6 pounds and limits of beautiful rainbows by 1030 a . m . while trolling the same lures on the main body . Another trip produced fantastic fishing also . “ On Saturday morning
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These group of guys prove the fall striper bite has started . As the weather cools fishing should get even better . Photo Courtesy of Delta Fishing Charters of Labor Day weekend , we had Randell and Tim out on Berryessa for some more non-stop action ,” Kelsch noted . “ Even with getting waked out by ski boats , these guys absolutely crushed them . We had 19 fish to the boat with another 6 fish lost . They caught full limits of

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gorgeous rainbows , 5 king salmon (( 3 small one released ) and 4 bass ( released ) by 10:30 am .! If you ’ ve been waiting to get out on Berryessa this is the best bite we ’ ve seen all year !’ Rich Crispi of TW Guide Service also reported excellent rainbow
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action on his latest trolling adventure at Berryessa . “ I took a well-needed day off and fished with my good buddy Chris ,” reported Crispi . “ We tied into some hefty rainbows . We picked up the rainbows in about 3 different spots and every time we moved , the fish seemed to want to play . We caught 14 fish total , keeping our 10 rainbows , 2 person limits . The largest fish weighed 2.8 pounds and measured 20 inches long .”
- Dan Bacher
BULLARDS BAR / ENGLEBRIGHT LAKES
Kokanee Go Into Spawning Mode
DOBBINS – Kokanee salmon have now headed up the river arm as they get ready to spawn . The great kokanee bite at Bullards Bar is near its end for the larger adult fish that are now in spawning mode . However , anglers can catch the smaller “ next year ’ s fish ” averaging around 10 inches in the main body near the dam . Craig Newton of Willfish Bait in Auburn recommended trolling for the kokanee with dodger / hoochie and dodger / spinner combinations . Bullards Bar Reservoir is holding 665,114 acre feet of water , 69 percent of capacity and 103 percent of average . Rainbow trout remain the top quarry at Englebright Reservoir . Anglers can pick up limits of rainbows weighing 1-1 / 2 to 2 pounds while trolling dodger / worm and flasher / worm combinations , noted Newton . Justin Leonard of Outcast Fishing
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