Local Ladies Lead…this holiday week report. In mid-June, Betty Malmgren of Napa, Sharon Stensaas of Yountville and Pat Hampton from Calistoga went fishing on Clear Lake with pro guide, Bob Myskey. They caught and released 30 fish – a nice mix of bass and crappie. Check out their smiles; they tell this story better than I can with words.
Local Action II…St Helena Vintner, Stephen Parry had to be in Jackson Hole on business late June. Somehow he packed his fly fishing gear in his brief case. But it worked out perfectly when he fished the park on Yellowstone Lake. Look at this marvelous six pound Yellowstone cutthroat trout he fooled with a black wooly bugger. Stephen said he was using the fly with a scud dropper in 15 feet of water – casting to the shore and slowly stripping back to the boat using small jerks. Stephen: where do you find the small jerks? I seem to be seeing mostly big ones recently.
Stephen, fishing with his brother said they caught a few nice cuts before the afternoon winds. They caught some 6-10 inch trout in a couple of small streams that had cleared.
Just In Time…for summer fun for your kids at Hennessey. Bluegills to go with the continuing good bass action. Probably ought to try some small red worms on a small rig; just to be sure, ask the helpful field scouts at Sweeney’s Sports on Imola (255-5544).
BTW: fly casting instructor, Jose Rubio is still offering free casting lessons Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the store on Imola. Check in with them (255-5544) at mid-week to be sure they will have a lesson that Saturday. All of my grandchildren got their start at fly casting right in Sweeney’s parking lot.
Berryessa trout are going deeper as the weather warms. While they may be in the top 25 feet of water at daybreak, they drop down quickly as the sun gets overhead. The old pros already know this – and can adjust their troll for these changes on the fly.
Napa River…striper report. Bigger stripers are available to casters and trollers and fly guys and gals. However it’s the time to take your kids down for a day of bank fishing for shakers using cut anchovies from Sweeney’s. I like that Cuttings Wharf area – but ask around to learn of some other honey holes, too. Bring a picnic and sun tan lotion to make it a perfect day outdoors – right close to home.
Bodega Bay…saw good weather on the weekend and the fishing was good. Captain Jeff on the six pack Miss Anita (875-3474) scored limits for his four clients plus crew fish. They were a mix of smaller 8-10 pounders with four in the 16-22 pound class. Jeff said his best action came in 160 feet off Elephant Rock. You can still fill your freezer with rockfish and ling cod. Captain Rick on the New Sea Angler (875-3344) went north to Timber Cove for 30 limits of rocks adding 32 lings to 15 pounds.
Well, Salmon Took a Breather…at the Gate. That hot bite pretty much dried up on Monday. Not to worry, still plenty of salmon around – and plenty of skippers who know where to find them – and how to catch them.
And Back on the Bite…Look at this Wednesday report of a wide open salmon bite at Seal Rocks: Four boats in the Sausalito fleet caught a combined 86 limits of salmon Tuesday. That’s 172 wild, fresh king salmon for the BBQ. Big fish hit 28 pounds. This is the best action we’ve seen so far this season; hope it keeps going.
But, the Bays are still producing on striped bass and halibut – with rockfish, lings and sharks ready to fill in any holes in the action.
California Delta…has stripers moving down from warming rivers to cooler bay waters. Bankies are catching an occasional lineside to 20 pounds using sardines coated with garlic spray or pile worms according to Johnny Tran at New Romeo’s Bait on Freeport in Sacramento (916-665-1788).
Closer by, Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait (745-4921) said experienced anglers soaking split tails near the Mothball Fleet were catching stripers of 25 pounds and larger. Please release those big females unharmed – to make some more babies.
And, that long and productive sturgeon bite may be at its end for this year. But largemouth bass are still on the chew on the San Joaquin side where top water action has been brisk. Dan Mathisen at Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley likes a customized Pro Z frog on top. Call Dan at 925-234-4694 for more information.
And A Heads Up…from my St. Helena neighbor, Jo Ann Adams. She wrote to tell me that her grandson, Jake Mitchell, owns a charter fishing business out of Shelter Cove. Check him out at seahawksportfishing.com. Or, Call Jake at 223-1600. He tells us that California’s northern “Lost Coast” is the longest, road less stretch of coast line in the Continental U.S. This leads to some of the most untouched plentiful waters the country has to offer. Sounds like a new fishing adventure to me.