Here’s a look at the latest local angling action:
Well, I told you so. Warming water equals big bass time. With water temperatures from 52 degrees at launch to 57 later, here is a recap of pro guide Bob Myskey’s five days on the water last week — they caught and released 138 largemouth bass; that’s 27 a day.
Their top five weight would have been 36.5 pounds; that’s a 7.3-pound average. Big fish of the week was 8.1 pounds.
At least I’m consistent — lousy fishing here for me for 36 years. I hope that’s a record. St. Helena angler Mike Hardy invited me for a day with him to target small mouth bass. He fooled five nice bass (two smallies).
I got two; both smallies — one a bit over 2 pounds. They bite and pull harder than a large mouth bass every day.
We may have been early. We saw spawning beds and some swimming fish.
They just weren’t locked on to the beds. So, keep trying; fish shallow up close to brush in the water. All fish were caught on wacky-rigged Senkos — either green or brown. The water temperature was a toasty 57 degrees.
Leonard’s Bait and Tackle (762-7818) showed us a big, fat sturgeon caught here Saturday by Mike Myers of the Napa Valley Marina.
Catch your own live bait like bullheads and troll or cast for keeper-size stripers.
Mix it up with swim baits or Rattletraps. Get some cut bait, like anchovy, from Sweeney’s Sports on Imola Avenue for a neat kids’ day on the banks, where they can battle some shakers and even a keeper (18 inches).
Bring lots of snacks.
Fly guys and gals — time to wet that line on your heavier rig with a big clouser.
Save April 20 for the Napa Valley Fly Fishers’ annual banquet and fundraiser.
Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait told us that, “Everyone is catching stripers and big ones, too. The boys from McAvoy’s are putting their normal assault on the big striper population with fish in the 35-, 30- and 20-pound range caught and kept on split tails or bullheads at the Firing Line or Honker Bay.”
Tim H. of Turlock won’t say where, but he found the Delta’s “Sturgeon Central” last week. Just look at these two-day counts: a 90- and near 90-incher released, and several over 60 inches.
Thanks Hurley’s Chronicle’s Hot Sheet for these updates.
Ocean Salmon Season opens April 6
King salmon season here opens Saturday, April 6 through April 30.
You can keep two per day, 24 inches or larger. We will learn what the later size/catch limits and length of season will be sometime in April. Stay tuned.
This is always an exciting time on the water. Party boats fill up fast. Call your favorite outfitter soon.
I watch both the Miss Anita (875-3474) and the New Sea Angler (875-3344) out of Bodega Bay.
The Miss Anita is a “6-pack,” fishing just six clients. Get your family, best buds or office anglers and buy out the boat.
It’s like having your own boat for the day, but no worries, because Captain Vince runs it for you.
Here’s the New Sea Angler Captain Rick Powers’ seasoned observation about the 2013 salmon opener:
“There is tons of krill in our area, and these are some of the best conditions for the salmon opener that I have seen in 10 years,” he said.
“We have had brown water since February, and with it blowing hard from the northwest, there will be salmon around the brown water.”
Vince on the Miss Anita is planning salmon and crab combo trips. He said that there are lots of big, meaty crabs still available.