Bragging Rights:  Rose Lei

Rose Lei caught and released this 9-pound Clear Lake bass on Sunday.

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Berryessa Bounty … includes both bass and trout. Pro guide Don Paganelli (916-502-FISH) found good action for his clients on largemouths and spots to 3.5 pounds. Tubes, Robo worms on a drop shot and spinner baits did the trick.

Troy Barr of T-Roy’s Guide Service (372-7599) is targeting Eagle Lake-strain rainbow trout with rocky Mountain Tackle’s Serpent Spoons, Brad’s Kokanee cut plugs or Apex spoons tipped with Pautzke’s Red Fire Corn at depths from 17 to 41 feet.

Big Bass … back biting at Clear Lake? Look at this big, fat 9-pound largemouth bass that Rose Lei caught and released on Sunday. She was fishing with pro guide Bob Myskey (274-0373). We were on the water with Bob yesterday – I’ll tell you about it next Friday.

Bodega Bay … has good news for salmon hunters. Here’s what the Hot Sheet said about that Sunday: “Rockfish and ling cod remain the story out of Bodega Bay, but it seems that it is only a matter of time before the salmon bite breaks out. The brown water has arrived along the Sonoma coastline, and with the good numbers of big salmon showing off of the Golden Gate, there is great optimism for the arrival of salmon in the coming weeks. The months of June into mid-July are traditionally the best months for ocean salmon out of this port.”

It seems to be time to book those salmon trips. Two boats here that I watch are the New Sea Angler (875-3344) and the six-pack Miss Anita (875-3474). By the way, with the Dungeness crab season closing on June 30, you might want to catch one more rockfish/ling cod/crab combo trip with one of these outfitters.

The Golden Gate Fleet … had some rough weather on Sunday but the salmon action was hot. Example: The Salty Lady out of Sausalito returned with 25 salmon to 28 pounds for 17 anglers. The tough weather conditions caused them to lose a number of fish.

The Bays … are full of fish on the chew. Captain Chris Smith on the Happy Hooker told us about his client, Maddie Ocheltree of Yuba City. On her 11th birthday, Maddie landed a limit of halibut all by herself. Just look at the weights: 30, 16 and 10 pounds. That 30-pound bruiser was big fish of the day – and Maddie hooked it within five minutes of the first drift.

Meanwhile, sharks, stripers and sturgeon are still available in the bays for anglers.

California Delta … has a bag full of tricks for you, too. While the largemouth bass bite is undeveloped right now, smallies are hitting live minnows or plastics on a drop shot rig. The continued cold and high flows are keeping the largemouths off the chew. Try these rigs to get them going: The Big Worm, Yamamoto Kut Tails, Yamamoto Senkos paired with Tsuyoi Wacky Hooks and ¾-ounce jigs.

Still plenty of big sturgeon in the Carquinez Straits as well as Montezuma Slough, when the wind is right. The Hot Sheet says that angler pressure on sturgeon is light right now. Time to go get yourself a trophy diamond back (thanks to the Hot Sheet for some timely updates here).

Bare Minimum Survival Kit … Really! Right out of Outdoor Life. It was just a small part of their April 2017 “Survive Anywhere” issue – but forms the essential center of survival needs. With hundreds of local outdoors enthusiasts ready to hit the trails as soon as school is out, take a minute to look at the kit. It is easy and affordable to assemble and can save a life in the bush. It consists of:

1. A large plastic survival bag for shelter and other hacks

2. Tampons for tinder (still in plastic—store them with matches)

3. Survival knife with carbon steel blade at least 4 inches long and 1/10th-inch thick

4. Tub of storm proof matches wrapped in a bike tire tube—it’s waterproof and burns well

5. Whetstone for sharpening and blade repair

6. Waterproof notebook and writing tool to draw maps, leave messages, etc.

7. Fire steel to strike a good spark

8. Compass, tied with paracord

9. Knot that to a signal whistle.

Sure, you’ll want to add food, water, emergency medical supplies, etc. Even a length of fishing line and some hooks. Sit with your dad, grandpa or favorite uncle to learn what they would add to the kit. Check your local library to see if they still have the April issue of Outdoor Life.

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