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Lake Berryessa provides quality bassin’

By BILLY DRIESSEN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 10, 2019

WINTERS— Unstable weather conditions have offered just enough of a break for Lake Berryessa anglers to take advantage of some great spring bass fishing between storms.

marinakuntzMARINA KUNTZ OF Vacaville with one of many nice crappie caught while trolling worms between 15-20 feet in warm coves at Lake Berryessa. The crappie bite is on!

“I had two of the best back-to-back trips at Berryessa in a long time,” said Larry Hemphill of Lunker Larry’s Guide Service. “Both days we skirted the weather. Rain was everywhere except where we were fishing and my clients managed to bring in impressive sacks of bass each day. The first day the smallmouth were on a tear for my clients Richard Eva of Redwood City and Grant Keeler of San Carlos. The spotted bass and smallies were fired up with the low pressure system that was moving through and were feeding in shallow water up to 2 feet deep on steep main lake points in the narrows.

“The next day the largemouth were really biting,” Hemphill said. “My clients for the next day were a father and son from Burney Falls, Dan Covey Sr. and Dan Jr. They caught largemouth up to 3 1/2 pounds and all the other fish they caught were almost a pound heavier than the previous day with a total fish limit of 15 pounds for their best 5 fish. These guys knew what they were doing and stuck with fishing drop-shot rigs most of the trip.

“It is rare for the fishing to hold up this well for back to back trips during this time of year, especially considering most of the dock talk around the lake is that the bass fishing has been relatively slow this past week,” Hemphill said. “The lake has dropped 3 feet this past week and the Glory Hole will soon be above the waterline if the rain stays away,” Hemphill said.

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