The Fish Sniffer - Boaters Target Bass With Spoons
Boaters Target Bass With Spoons

Written By: Dan Bacher, September 2, 2014
Species: Bass Kokanee
Location: Berryessa Reservoir,

(Sacramento) Black bass fishing is “pretty good” for anglers using spoons at Lake Berryessa, reported Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience.

“My client and I released 20 bass while using 1-3/4 oz. Blade Runner spoons on my latest trip to the Lake,” said Paganelli. “The best lure colors were morning dawn and shad.”

“We targeted schools of shad at 25 feet in the coves of the Narrows,” he explained. “The fish were mostly spotted bass, with 2 largemouths and 2 smallmouths. The largest fish weighed 3 pounds.” 

Kokanee salmon fishing at Lake Berryessa has been “off and on,” but was improving again at press time after the full moon, revealed Troy Barr of T-Roy’s Guide Service.

“Sixty percent of the fish are bright and 40 percent are getting into spawning mode,” said Barr. “My last trip to Berryessa produced 11 kokanee, ranging from 14-1/2 to 18 inches, for 3 anglers. We trolled with Uncle Larry’s spinners and Radical Glow tubes behind RMT Bahama Mama hyper plaid dodgers at 88 to 100 feet deep.”

“We hooked most of the fish in the Narrows and main lake,” he noted. “There were a lot of juvenile 5 inch salmon at the dam, so it was hard to fish there.”

The elevation of the spillway (Glory Hole) at Monticello Dam is 440 feet msl. The water is now 34.30 feet below the top of the spillway at 405.70 feet. The lake continues to drop at its normal 6 inches per week rate.

 

 

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