NAPA — Lake Berryessa has been on fire as of late and even with a full moon and holiday crowds, anglers found some big kokanee and bass still biting.
“We had another outstanding week with some big kokanee being caught, even under the full moon,” Troy Barr of T-Roy’s Guide Service said. “The best fishing was just off the channel around the Big Island area in about 80 to 100 feet of water.”
Barr said he wound up getting a few bigger fish on structure but a lot of the fish were still suspended. “Lure choices this past week were Uncle Larry's spinners in Mad Irishman, Tropical Tiger and an assortment of different colored Apex spoons behind RMTs 5.5 Hyper Plaid and Bahama dodgers,” he went on to say. “The water is warming up a little with a start up surface temperature of 75 degrees but the fish are still holding from 55 to 65 feet in the water column. This coming week, however, the heater is going to be turned up, so they are going to drop some.”
“The bigger males are starting to get their chops and the mature female kokanee have some pretty good-size egg sacks already,” Barr said. “In the following weeks the fish are going to start their pre-spawn phase and you’re going to have to make your presentation a little more aggressive.”
Bass guide Don Paganelli said anglers are still doing well working the main body points early in the morning with topwater baits and then using drop-shot rigs and Carolina rigs with Aaron's Magic or Morning Dawn Robo worms.
BAILEY BAGGED ’EM — Bailey Kiser of Napa caught these two 19-inch kokanee at Lake Berryessa using RMT gear and Uncle Larry's Spinners while fishing with guide Troy Barr of T-Roys Guide Service. He said the fish are starting to get a little "cured nose."