Fish Sniffer Magazine Volume 41 Issue 16 | Page 9

VOL . 41 • ISS . 16


September 30 , 2022
employees , reported one good day of fishing on the American at River Bend Park . They landed limits of salmon in the 12 to 18 pound range while using beads , parking their boat and fishing from the bank . “ The key is to hit the river when a school of fish goes through ,” Fong noted . Before the recent heat wave , anglers throwing top water lures , jerkbaits , S-Wavers and Glide Baits were hooking striped bass in the evenings in the stretch of river from Watt Avenue to Paradise Beach . Most of the fish ranged from keepersize to 4 pounds . Water releases from Nimbus Dam into the American River were 2427 cfs . at press time .
- Dan Bacher
there . “ It was an early morning bite ,” said Paganelli . “ I caught and released 8 fish , including largemouth and smallmouth bass to 3 pounds . I fished the main body of the lake near Big Island after launching out of Markley Cove .” Alan Fong of Fisherman ’ s Warehouse reported an awesome spoon bite for bass on his most recent fishing trip at Berryessa on September 20 . “ Denise Loo , Tom Blomberg and I caught and released probably over 25 fish , including largemouth , smallmouth and spotted bass , while using Blade Runners in morning dawn and Sierra colors . The fish were from 25 to 45 feet deep near the junction of the Narrows and main body of the lake . The shad , around 3 inches long , were everywhere ,” said Fong .
- Dan Bacher
Trollers Lay Into Rainbows and Kings
NAPA – If you want to catch big , bold rainbows , now ’ s the time to hit Lake Berryessa . Nate Kelsch of Big Nate ’ s Guide Service continues to report catching full limits of rainbow trout every day , along with some big kings and some spotted and smallmouth bass , on his latest trolling adventures on Berryessa . The rainbows have ranged from 14 to 23 inches long . Kelch has been trolling with shad at 1.8 mph and Optimizer spoon 4 to 4-1 / 2 from the surface to 40 feet deep north of Big Island and other areas . On his latest trip , Kelch reported an epic bite for returning clients Gene and . “ Today the rainbows wanted to play in a major way ,” said Kelsch . “ We had some doubles , got a nice king salmon , released 4 small kings , caught 2 huge Sacramento pike-minnows , and lost 4 other nice fish all by 9:50 am . We aren ’ t
Bill McAbee was trolling 2.7 MPH at 75 feet deep with a white and gold back spoon on Shasta Lake when he caught this beautiful rainbow trout .
Photo Courtesy of Rob Hower scared of fishing in the weather on this boat , and the fish don ’ t seem to be either .” On his previous trolling adventure , Kelsch reported another great morning catching king salmon and rainbow trout . “ What an epic morning of catching on Berryessa for our returning clients all the way from Salinas ,” he said . “ We had to make a long run to find fish , but we found a big school of DONKEY king salmon to 6-1 / 2 pounds and trout and Pat and Bruce pounded them . We loaded up the bag and got them back on the road to beat traffic by 9 am . We are putting in work to stay on top of these fish .” Don Paganelli of Paganelli ’ s
Bass Fishing Experience reported “ fair ” fishing while using Blade Runner 1-3 / 4 ounce spoons and Bladerunner Flutter Spoons at Berryessa during his latest venture
Rainbows Are Hitting at Englebright
DOBBINS – The kokanee fishing is over for the season at Englebright Reservoir , but anglers are experiencing solid trout fishing there . “ Fishermen trolling nightcrawlers


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