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Lake Berryessa bass getting hungry

By BILL RICE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 20, 2017

WINTERS –– There was plenty of bass action on tap at Lake Berryessa this past week despite the rain and wind, and bass anglers continued to bend rods for all three species of bass.

“From the dam all the way up to the end of Putah Creek you can catch smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass just about any way you want,” said WON Field Reporter Scott Green. “Topwater, cranks, ripbaits, swimbaits, plastics and jigs are rewarding anglers, as you have plenty of pre-spawn, spawning and post-spawn fish available.

Billy Sackett of Healdsburg and Green made a recent trip catching over 40 bass of all three species with their best 5 going for 21.5 pounds. The majority of the fish were caught on a Lucky Craft pointer 100 in Table Rock shad color, fishing main body points in the wind. There were plenty of smallmouth in the 1.5- to 3-pound range that provided the action. Sackett caught some of the better largemouth on topwater plugs, using a Sammy 128 in Ghost Minnow, including the big fish at 6.46 pounds.

Wragge Canyon, Spanish Flat and Oak Shores were some of the better areas holding fish with Senkos, drop-shots and jigs also producing.

Water temps are in the low 60's and climb to almost 65 degrees as the day goes on. Most of the bait is in the 30- to 45-foot range, so trout trolleys should target that water column from out in front of Sheriffs Cove to the south side of the Big Island. The birds are a good indication of where the bait is if you do not have good electronics to help.

Lake Berryessa is still flowing over the Glory Hole, but all of the boat launch ramps are operable.

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