Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3614 June 23- July 7 2017 - Page 22

Oregon River Trails
BILL ADELMAN 510 – 232-9991 grumpygrampabill @ sbcglobal . net
20 June 23 - July 7 , 2017 VOL . 36 • ISS . 14

Last time we ventured to the

395 side of the state , via Reno . A month later , the passes are still closed . A minor surprise was the snowstorm on May15 , I believe , adding more delays on to the openings . Had to cancel our annual shad outing on the Sac due to high water and marina closures .
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Berryessa Bass Adventure

Started shadding in the early 70 ’ s and this is the first seasonal cancellation since . Almost as bad , no shot at stripers either . I know the Feather kicked in , however my 16-foot Lund has an outboard .
After jet boating that creek for over 20 years , I know better than to brave the rocks and debris for a fish , even during the higher flows . Just not up to date on river conditions and it ’ s not worth getting into trouble that we couldn ’ t get out of . So , where to fish ?
Wait a minute , what about Berryessa ? Steve , who used to work
with me back in our guiding days hadn ’ t been there in years and decided that my historic knowledge of the lake would be of some benefit , as my acquaintance with the lake began in 1960 , followed by guiding for bass and trout , then kokanee as well .
So , pulling all of this valuable info out of my back pocket , as well as calling on a friend who bass fishes there about a dozen times in the Spring , we settled on a day . Weather was beautiful as we approached Markley Cove , right up until I stopped to check out the Glory Hole , which was overflowing . Fortunately my hat lodged against the fence rather than blow clear up to Putah Creek .
We launched and soon discovered that maximum visibility was about 4 inches . A deep diving and very noisy crankbait hooked 2 fish before we found a spot where the wind was almost nonexistent .
One of us tried a Senko and Steve

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The Bay ’ s Best Crew ! caught a decent smallmouth right away on a clay wall while I continued to crank .
Soon my choice turned to a spinnerbait while Steve stuck with the Senko and got 4 more fish before I decided to change . My thought was to give him a big enough advantage to where it wouldn ’ t hurt his feeling when I passed him up which didn ’ t come to pass as even though my catch rate escalated , his stayed solid .
We tried drop shots around willows , but the Senko was the hot ticket that day . Finally the wind became so violent that the mouth of Wragg Canyon was harassed with whitecaps and gale force breezes . We quit with the clicker showing 17 total bass , almost all spots .
The next week we returned to water visibility at about 8 inches . WOW , could this get any better ? Steve went right back to his Senko and my plan , try something different . A white spinnerbait worked on 2 fish , then quit .
So , back to a deep diving white cranker . Zip . Where ’ s the drop shot ? Didn ’ t work either , so with some reluctance , pull out my box of about 92 Senkos and go with
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what ’ s working .
It did . We finally had to abhort the area with 20 MPH winds and headed into Big Portuguese Cove , north bank . It ’ s gotta be time for a bite to eat . Steve kept working the shoreline while I tossed out a PB & J SchroomZ and let it drag along while I made a sandwich . Fish on ! Hold that thought .
A few weeks later Tom , my 40 + year fishing buddy , joined in on the fun and we launched his Triton at Markley and headed out . Good news , much better visibility . My white crank worked right away and then we headed to the first willow , working it with a Senko and drop shot . Nada .
As we worked our way north , I managed a couple more fish while Tom had the “ stink ” on his Senko . My spinnerbait got a couple of grabs on a shallow flat while Tom tossed a stick bait . Hmmm .
He ’ s a talented bass fisherman and this was getting a tad out of hand . We hit another set of 3 willows and my drop shot kicked in with almost unbelievable numbers . Senko , 1 grab . By now it was time to say , that ’ s fishing ’.
As the main lake turned to whitecaps , we headed for the narrows , locating a west wall with almost no breeze . My cranker got 2 decent fish right away . Did you hold that thought ?
A few years ago Tom discovered the SchroomZ and the first time he used it , took me to school on bass catching . Of course I bought some . We knew our day would end in about 45 minutes , so Tom pulled out the “ Z ” and took me to school again during that time frame , while my bite quit altogether .
His flurry made the day for him , just adding to the mystique of this bait . I truly did enjoy his giggle with every hookup , at least up to a point . Next time we ’ ll see if the river dropped enough to catch some shad . Seeya then and Tight Lines !
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