HEALDSBURG — Lake Sonoma had a week straight of 70-plus-degree days and the bass have crashed the banks to spawn. You can catch a bunch of males in the 1½- to 3-pound range right now with an occasional big female to 8-plus pounds but remember to catch and release the big females.
“Anthony Tamayo of Cloverdale had probably the best day I ever heard about on Lake Sonoma,
Scott Green of Monsterfishingtackle.com said. “His best five went for just over 34 pounds, with an 11-pound, 11-ounce bass and an 8-pound, 12-ounce for his biggest two. Most of Tamayo's fish came on Osprey swimbaits & Senkos fished around the standing timber up in Cherry Creek.”
“Look for a good topwater bite from here on out, as well with LuckyCraft Sammy 128s to catch post spawn fish that suspend around the trees on the primary and secondary points,” Green said.
“The first thing in the morning and late in the evenings are your best bets,” Green said. “With warmer weather the lake will get busy with skiers and boaters so a trip during the week if you can manage it will be your best bet.”
Green said this is also a good time of year to target the catfish here. “If you soaked some cut mackerel in the 15- to 30-foot range in the creek channels, channel cats from 8 to 20 pounds should be on tap, it’s a good time of year to catch catfish.”
Rancho Seco Lake turning out trout, bass, and panfish
BY JIM JONES
WON Staff Writer
GALT — Trout fishing has been very good at Rancho Seco Lake near Galt, according to Maria Gutierrez, of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, but some nice bass and panfish are being caught, as well.
“They’re still catching lots of trout, and I see them cleaning fish, all the time,” she said. Last Friday, DFG made another plant, and they’re getting them on lures and nightcrawlers from the bank and from boats (remember, no gasoline motors allowed).
Gutierrez also said that bass fishing has been very good, and she saw a regular catch a 7 pounder which he released.