Big Largemouths Hit Umbrella Rigs

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(Napa) While anglers aren’t reporting catching the big numbers of black bass they were over a month ago, boaters have hooked some some lunker largemouths.

“A lot of big bass have been hooked lately,” said Trevor Maudru at Sweeney’s Sports Store. “One angler caught and released a 13 pounder in a tournament and others have landed largemouths over 10 pounds.”

“The larger fish have hit big swimbaits and umbrella rigs,” he advised. “Some of the fish are shallow, but most are found around 30 feet deep. One of the better areas to try his the North Fork of Putah Creek.

For numbers of bass, your best bet is to use Robo Worms and other plastics drop shot rigs where the shad and bass are concentrated, including in open water, at 30 to 40 feet deep. A mixture of largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are on tap.

The rainbow trout bite has tapered off. Your best bet from a boat is to drift live minnows east of the Big Island and Narrows. Shore anglers should find their best trout action while drifting minnows and nightcrawlers around the old bridge past Cappell Cove. The king salmon and kokanee salmon fishing remains very slow.