Northern CA Freshwater

Napa: Bass action improves at Lake Berryessa

Trout fishermen have to grind

By BILLY DRIESSEN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 12, 2020

NAPA— After months of inconsistent bite patterns for bass anglers at Lake Berryessa, things have finally began improving with the warmer temperatures, while trout fishermen are being forced to search deeper water to find their bites.

zmandiditZ-MAN DID IT — Stacey Barawed of Winters headed over to Lake Berryessa to try out the bass fishing and worked Z-Man Bait for some decent action.

“Things have been improving out here for bass fishermen,” said Austin Barker of Austin Barkers Guide Service. “I made the transition back from Clear Lake while I prepare for the upcoming New Jen bass tournament next Saturday on the 15th. I can’t rightly say that the improvement has been dramatic, but any improvement is a step in the right direction. You can find bass scattered throughout the water column depending on the style of fishing. If you want to find bass in numbers, your best bet is to target main lake points in water as deep as 60 feet with your down bait of choice. If you find one, then you have found a bunch and you can sit there and chip away at them. Some fish have moved up into shallow water between 5 and 10 feet deep and can be caught on reaction baits, but they are far more scattered. With the arrival of the full moon and more warm weather in the forecast, I am looking forward to seeing how the bite evolves between now and the tournament,” Barker said.

“Warm temperatures have the trout fishermen working for it,” said Rich Crispi of TW Fishing Guide Service. “We have seen some incredibly beautiful weather the past week and in certain areas around the lake you can find surface temperatures as warm as 57 degrees and we are seeing debris. If temperatures continue to rise, we will undoubtedly see the lake flip earlier than normal. The Eagle Lake strain rainbows have left the surface and are pushing down intothe water column where they are hanging between 10 and 20 feet deep. We have already seen a bunch of floating gunk and debris to contend with while trolling, but with the big north wind ripping across the lake this weekend it will churn the shallow areas and add even more to contend with. Those that are still catching quality rainbows are finding the best action from Big Island up to Putah Creek on smaller minnow imitations lures,” Crispi said.

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