Northern CA Freshwater

Muddy water turns on San Pablo catfish

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 13, 2019

EL SOBRANTE — Muddy water from recent rains has slowed trout fishing at San Pablo Reservoir, but turned on the catfish action.

George Korman of Benicia caught three nice catfish last week, the biggest of which weighed 7 pounds. He was using worms near the boat launch.

“The catfish are biting worms,” said Marcie Shoemaker of San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area. “We haven’t seen many trout being caught. The water conditions are muddy. For best results, use Power Bait with extra garlic scent on it. The trout will hit on scent, not the color of the PowerBait. Green pumpkin and hatchery pellet chartreuse-garlic are good choices.”

Michael Gorshe of San Jose caught a 7.98-pound rainbow recently on Power Bait at Sandy Point. Paulina Alexander of Danville also used Power Bait to catch a trout.

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