Half Pounders Appear In Lower River
Fresh-run steelhead, a mixture of 12 to 16 inch half pounders and small adults to 4 pounds, are rewarding anglers fishing the lower Russian River.
“Fly fishermen are using comet and boss patterns for the steelhead, while spin fishermen are tossing out Little Cleos and other lures,” said Tom DeLue of King’s Sport & Tackle. “The best area is from Johnson’s Beach to Duncan Mills. The water temperature has cooled down to 64 degrees with the arrival of cooler nights.”
Fishermen are getting a few smallmouth bass while fishing Rebel crawfish crankbaits and wacky-rigged plastic worms in the Monte Rio area. The summer dams have been taken down, so there are less areas for the fish to hold.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing is improving with the fall weather at Lake Sonoma. Boaters are employing swimbaits, umbrella rigs and plastic worms off the main lake points as the bass feed on bait fish.
For landlocked steelhead, troll with nightcrawlers, Apex lures and Artic Fox cinnamon or white flies near the dam and marina. Troll near the surface at first light and then go deeper as the day proceeds. Most of the fish are from 16 to 17 inches long with some larger 20 to 22 inch fish mixed in.Back To Reports