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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Spring has sprung at Lake Berryessa

BY ROBIN WADE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 02, 2012

NAPA — Spring has sprung at Lake Berryessa and with recent 70-degree temperatures during the day, bass have been cruising the shallows warming up and are looking to spawn.

“Water temperatures are climbing into the high 50s and touching 60 degrees in some areas; the bad news is we need rain (which we may get this week) and some stain in the water,” pro staffer Scott Green from said. “Early in the morning you can catch a few quality fish on Lucky Craft ripbaits, swimbaits and spinnerbaits if the wind is blowing. With clear water and the sun coming up it gets tough, but the smallmouth are biting in a little deeper water.”

“Jigs, Robo worms in natural colors tossed around any rock should do the trick for these hard fighting smallies that are feeding up and averaging about 2 pounds,” Green said. “Main lake points through the Narrows should hold plenty of smallies. A recent outing had Kelly Oward of San Rafael with five for 18½ pounds and all largemouth bass, while Steve Seals of Windsor had a 17-pound bag of all smallies.”

Bass guide Donald Paganelli said he caught a nice smallmouth on a Lucky Craft Staysee ripbait in the ghost color, fishing over a rock pile on the northwest side of the main body. “Then we moved over to the eastside and caught 2 largemouth on Carolina rigged tubes in green pumpkin and watermelon red flake, fishing transition areas in 17 feet of water,” he said. “To finish the trip we worked down the Narrows for some small spotted bass on a Carolina rigged tube. The bite should be off the charts but the cold seems to be holding them back a bit.”

Guide J.D. Richey reported the rainbow trout action also kicked up a notch for trollers working near the shorelines through the Narrows and over towards Skier’s Cove. “The fish are from the surface down to about 15 feet and will take anything that looks like a shad,” Richey said. “There’s a mix of fish although most are covered in copepods, but there are also some nice Eagle Lake strain fish to 3 pounds.”

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