The Fish Sniffer - Kokanee Action Is Hit And Miss
Kokanee Action Is Hit And Miss

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 16, 2014
Species: Kokanee Trout Bass
Location: Berryessa Reservoir,

Kokanee, king salmon and rainbow trout fishing remains tough at Lake Berryessa.

On his latest trip, James Netzel of Fishin’ James Guide Service reported that he and Tom Hamada landed kokanee in the 17 to 18 inch range and released two small rainbows 

“The wind made fishing a problem,” noted Netzel. “We tried fishing just about everything from 40 to 60 feet deep. We landed one fish at the Big Island and the other two in Skiers Cove. We used an assortment of hoochies and spinners.”

Black bass fishing remains very good at Berryessa. “If you can find a good concentration of bass, you can experience top water action all day,” said Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience. “Zara Spooks, poppers and buzzbaits are the best lures.”

“The fishing is best when you throw the lures over weed lines off main body points and in the coves. The bass are pushing the bait towards shore,” he tipped.

“If you don’t get a top water bite going, your best bet is to drop shot or Carolina rig with 6 inch Aaron’s Magic worms in front of the weed lines,” Paganelli added. “Most of the fish are largemouth, with spotted and smallmouth bass mixed in. Fish up to 5 pounds are being taken.”

The elevation of the spillway (Glory Hole) at Monticello Dam is 440 feet. The water is now 29.40 feet below the top of the spillway at 410.60 feet.



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