More Kids Fishing …

Here’s 14-year-old Napa angler Jack Sherman with his 22-pound ling cod caught in Humboldt Bay. Quick-thinking Jack caught this bigger brute when he was reeling in a small fish. Call that a “two-fer,” Jack. Thanks to his grandma, Winnie Phillips, for this nice fish tale.

And Still More Kids …

This time my good friend Colin Wehmann from Alameda and his buddy, Marcus Marsh, went bass fishing with Colin’s grandpa, Jeff Pintah, on Clear Lake. They caught and released 47 fish. I’m proud of Colin; he got out of the box early and fast to score the first fish and the most. Marcus, on his first angling trip, caught the biggest and shared the rest with Jeff. Pro guide Bob Myskey (274-0373) manned the net.

And Just One More …

St. Helena teener Liesl Wolf Heinemann scored a 20-pound brute king salmon at Duxbury Reef while fishing with Napa angler Andrew Dowdell on Captain Roger Thomas’ boat, The Salty Lady. Call Roger at 415-674-3474 or email for reservations.

This catch just accents the best salmon fishing in these parts in years. Go get yours in the salt right now – or join those of us who suffer from mal de mer on the Sac in September. We’ll be fishing with pro river guide Kevin Brock (800 995-5543).

Oh Drat! …

School is open again. Sorry about that guys and gals. But there is still plenty of daylight left to plunk for some stripers in the Napa River, or drop your favorite natural-colored soft plastic bait right down in the tules at Berryessa and Hennessey – nice and quiet. Then leave it still till you can’t stand it anymore. Send me the photos of your big ones.

Bodega Bay …

saw the salmon action tail off because of some high weekend winds. Not to worry; limits of rockfish and a bunch of big ling cod still provide daily cooler-filling action.

The Bays …

seem to be on a ying and yang. With a slowdown in the hot ocean king salmon action, you can switch right over to a renewed striper bite. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael (415-456-0321) told the Hot Sheet that “fishing in the bay has been outstanding, and with the water starting to clear up, trollers are now able to work along the shorelines for striped bass.”

Fish For Free? …

Of course – on Sept. 2. This is the second “free day” allowed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife this year, when everyone is allowed to fish in California without a fishing license. What a nice opportunity to take some kid fishing for the first time. However, all other department rules, regulations and restrictions still apply. Check them out at

Berryessa TNT Bass Tournaments …

have been cancelled for the rest of the season. Stay tuned; I’ll try to get more information for you.

The Bass Holy Trinity …

is close to where you live. Bassmaster Magazine ranked Clear Lake, the California Delta and Lake Berryessa third, fifth and sixth, respectively, among its 2017 Top 100 Bass Lakes. If you haven’t, plan the ultimate bass fishing trip by fishing these three gems right close to home.

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