Trout Begin To Stir

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(Napa) Now that the water at Lake Berryessa has turned over, rainbow trout fishing is picking up.

“Boaters are hooking rainbows in the 12 to 15 inch range while drifting minnows east of the Big Island and in the narrows,” said Jack at Sweeney’s Sports. “The king and kokanee salmon fishing remains slow. There aren’t many trollers fishing the lake now.”

Shore anglers should find their best trout action while drifting minnows and nightcrawlers around the old bridge past Cappell Cove.

“The black bass fishing is still pretty good, although it is not as good as it was a few weeks ago,” reported Jack. “Boaters are doing best running around from spot to spot, following schools of shad. Your best bet is to use drop shot rigs where the shad and bass are concentrated, including in open water, at 30 to 40 feet deep.”

“Rock and clay bluffs in the Putah Creek arm are also producing some spotted and smallmouth bass, along with some largemouths,” he added. “My buddy and I caught around two dozen largemouths on our latest trip in Putah Creek while dropping Bladerunner Spoons in morning dawn.”

Expect to hook bass in the 2 to 3 pound range, along with some bigger fish, at Berrryessa this month.