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Clear Lake bass are on the prowl

Clear Lake bass are on the prowl

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Lora Trinchero, Doug Roberts and I are on the water with guide Bob Myskey as you read this right now. We are looking for a 10-pounder. Stay tuned.

San Pablo Bay … turned up a dandy 17-pound striper for Shane Walker. Shane caught it trolling on San Pablo Bay with Captain Craig Hanson on the six-pack Argo berthed at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

Call Craig to get a gift certificate for a day of fishing for your favorite graduate or Dad. Ask him about a discount to “buy out the boat.” A six-pack is perfect for a private trip; it holds just six anglers and feels like your own boat. But Craig does all the work. You can reach him at 415-361-7757. Tell him Ryan sent you.

Make the gift even more special by planning to get some delicious Boudin bread right from their bakery there for sandwiches on board, then take everyone for a perfect fish supper right on Fisherman’s Wharf when you return to the dock.

Mark Your Calendar … for May 24. It’s the 46th annual George Carl Kid’s Fishing Derby at Lake Hennessey. Kids 3 to 16, bring your fishing gear and parents to register at 6 a.m. Last weigh-in is at 11 a.m. sharp. Multiple age brackets and fish species mean there will be plenty of prize opportunities. It’s my favorite fishing day of the year — full of kids with smiles and fish. (Remember, if you are older than 15, you’ll need a California sport fishing license.)

Thanks to the presenters, Napa Active 20/30 Club as well as sponsors, Sweeney’s Sports and Brotemarkle Davis & Co. CPA’s.

You Can Become Internationally Famous … forever right here at home. Just go up to Lake Berryessa and catch the three species of fresh water bass there (largemouth, small mouth and spotted) in one calendar day. That will give you an International Game Fish Association “Grand Slam.“

Accomplish a Slam and you will receive a custom, hand-signed, embossed certificate depicting your achievement, and will be permanently listed online and in the IGFA’s World Record Game Fishes book. Be one of the first local anglers to accomplish this impressive feat. We’re lucky to live close to a lake that holds all three bass types. Do it this spring when the fish are active and hungry.

Start by going online to, then click “go fish,“ “IGFA slam and trophy clubs,” “grand slam,” and “download grand slam club application” to print out the official IGFA Grand Slam Club application. The rules are simple and easy to follow and you don’t have to kill the fish. Please promise to let me buy you lunch when you receive your custom certificate. I hope several local anglers will score a bass Grand Slam; then we can have our own club of Napa Valley Slammers.

BTW — if your printer is broke, email me your home mailing address and I’ll mail you a copy of the application. Make plenty of copies and put one in a waterproof baggie to take fishing with you, so you will be sure to follow all the directions. Bring your camera: A picture of you and each fish is required.

Gift Season is Upon Us … graduation, Father’s day, Mother’s Day, first day of vacation are all anchors for this happy spring/early summer season. Everyone on your gift list will enjoy receiving a gadget for the outdoors. Stores and websites covering every category abound but close by is best. So, check out Steves Hardware here on Main Street and Sweeney’s Sports on Imola in Napa. I have a wallet full of Sweeney’s gift certificates from my family. They truly are the one-size gift that fits everybody. Here are a few items on my own short gift list: gift certificates for guided fishing trips, a new small lunch-size boat cooler bag, some new “Smartwool” socks, and a summer weight full coverage sun hood.

My all-time favorite for every kid who goes into the bush is a Spot personal locator beacon. For less than a month’s worth of your favorite gucci coffee, you can ensure that your lost loved one will be found anywhere in the world.

Dontcha Hate PPSD … Persistent Product Size Deflation? Here are just a couple that ticked me off in the past few days: Black Olives. The “extra-large” and “jumbo” are pathetic little fruits and should be rejects instead of promising to be special. They are no bigger than the “regular size” of a few years ago.

And look at this one: clothing. I just bought a new rain jacket from a top producer. Fearing PPSD, I ordered 2XL rather than my usual XL — even though I’m smaller and lighter than when I bought the old one. The new 2XL seems slightly more mod than my 30-year-old edition, but it is smaller than my old XL.

What’s your “favorite or least favorite” PPSD?

Bill Ryan can be reached at

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