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Weather hampers Lake Berryessa angling

By BILL RICE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 11, 2018

WINTERS — Bass anglers at Lake Berryessa reported tougher conditions last week, with cold mornings and a better bite in the afternoons with plastics, jigs and spoons fished in the 20- to 35-foot range, said WON Field Reporter Scott Green.

toplinetroutTOPLINE TROUT — Tom Nigro of Sacramento caught these beautiful 2- to 3-pound rainbows on Dec. 27 while toplining a shad pattern Rapala at Lake Berryessa.

Mike Erion, manager of the Outdoor Pro Shop in Cotati, reported a steady jig bite along the main body points for bass up to 5 pounds. Erion said, "Find the rock and you will find some bass, as all three species of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are being caught.”

Trollers continue to pull shad imitations in the top 15 feet of water for some decent rainbow trout to 22 inches and most are averaging 16 to 18 inches.

Erion said that Frank Harris and Rene Vallenova of Napa took advantage of trout limits pulling Speedy Shiners, Z-Rays & ‘crawlers from the mouth of the narrows down to Steele Park along the east shoreline for their trout. Tom Nigro of Sacramento caught several beautiful 2- and 3-pound rainbows.

Water temperatures remain in the low 50's after another week of stable weather and zero rain at Lake Berryessa, although that was scheduled to change at press time. All ramps are open and the lake remains 10 feet below the Glory Hole.

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