Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Upper Blue Lake‘s got trout – Lake Berryessa’ got bass

BY ROBIN WADE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 11, 2012

NAPA — Since the good weather seems to be holding for awhile, and with the weekends now void of holidays, why not get out and try some of your new Christmas  fishing toys? Lake Berryessa has a decent bass bite, while Upper Blue Lake has trout.

Last year Upper Blue Lake was on the short end of the stick, as far as DFG plants go, but 2012 has them rethinking their planting schedule and this year the lake is back to its monthly stocking of 1,000 pounds. “They planted 1,000 pounds last Wednesday weighing from ½- to 1-pound,” Art Cirri from the Narrows Resort said.

With water temperature averaging 50 degrees from top to bottom, Cirri said they scattered immediately when they were unloaded and can be found throughout the lake. “The fishing has been fair but that is partly due to anglers not understanding that the bite is very light,” he said. “They are getting lots of hits, but since it is a light bite, you have to really be on your game. Near limits have been had, but anglers are missing three times that many strikes.” Cirri said Kastmasters, Needlefish and worms run anywhere from 20 to 30 feet down have been effective.

Over at Lake Berryessa, bass guide Don Paganelli reported bass fishing as “fair,” with most fish down deep at 30 to 50 feet. “Spoons fished over bait in creek channels seemed to work the best,” he said. “Drop-shot rigs and jigs fished in the same areas along with offshore rock piles and edges are also working. Most fish are in the 1- to 3-pound range. Spotted bass seem to be the most prevalent now but there were some largemouth and smallmouth mixed in as well.”

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