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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

North Coast Lake updates

BY ROBIN WADE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 24, 2012

NAPA — Good weather and relatively high waters levels at lakes such as Lake Berryessa and Upper Blue Lake should be good incentives for anglers to get out and fish over the next few weeks, and some are already showing signs of life.

According to guide JD Richey, Lake Berryessa has generally been quiet, mainly because there have not been many anglers out fishing.

“The savvy sticks hit the coves after the rain though and found some willing catfish at the mouths of the creeks on worms and liver,” Richey said. “Trout trollers are finding some 12-inch to 3-pound rainbows by dragging shad patterned baits near the shoreline in the top 10 feet. Bass are still deep, but that will change as the waters continue to warm. Right now, jigs and drop-shotting are the way to go.”

Art Cerini from the Narrows Resort at Upper Blue Lake reported improved action for anglers fishing from the dock, with limits or near limits to 16 inches on floating baits or worms. “Trollers are catching 3 or 4 trout, with some holdovers to 19 inches and most of the holdovers are the Eagle Lake strain with pink meat planted early last year,” he said.

Although this lake isn’t very deep, it is spring fed, so the waters are a little cooler, but as the waters warm up a bit, this can also be a good lake for bass fishing.

If you are thinking of trying Lake Mendocino, which was planted for the first time ever two weeks ago, you’re not alone. Over the previous weekend, as many as 100 boats were counted trolling by the dam for trout in one day, but they were small planters. If nothing else, they will fatten up the striped bass and fishing for them should be good this spring.

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