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Brad Moresi ...N. Cal Lakes

February 27 , 2010
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(Winters) The warming weather at Lake Berryessa has resulted in improved action for king salmon, rainbow trout and black bass.
Rich Crispi of TW Guide Service made his first trip to Berryessa this season and reported decent fishing for king salmon. Crispi and his 11-year-old daughter, Brianna, and 6-year-old son, Richie caught five chinooks to 1.9 pounds.
“We trolled orange Apex lures and orange glow dodgers from the surface to 35 feet deep west of Skier’s Cove on the main body,” Crispi stated. “The best trolling speed was 1.8 mph. Other anglers on the lake reported catching salmon also in the same areas.”
“The bass fishing is picking up with some fish starting to move up,” said Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience. “The run-off from the rain most of the time is warmer than the lake water and this brings fish up along the edges of the mud lines and creek mouths. Slow rolled white spinner baits and crawdad crank baits can be a good choice.”
The elevation of the Glory Hole at Monticello Dam is 440 feet. The water is now 22.03 feet below the top of the spillway. The lake has now risen 10.05 feet since its low point of 406.92 feet on January 10, 2010.

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Great Places to Fish
The Coastal Mountain Region offers "world class bass fishing at Clear Lake", California's largest natural lake. Clear Lake is also home to large catfish, carp, crappie and bluegill. You can find smallmouth bass in Cache Creek near Rumsey, the Russian River between Cloverdale and Healdsburg, and Lake Sonoma. The Russian also features shad and steelhead runs. Lake Berryessa is populated with large and smallmouth bass, as well as rainbow trout. Lake Sonoma is a good warm water fishery generally the best fishing is in the north end and during the work week when the skiers aren't so thick. Lake Mendocino, another warm water lake, is known for striped bass. About fifteen years ago, one was caught in excess of 40 lbs.! If you like to camp, don't overlook Lake Pillsbury. It is a beautiful high mountain lake about 1 1/2 hours northeast of Ukiah. The Eel River has salmon and steelhead runs, but be sure to check your reg. book because many locations are off limits.

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