Largemouth Bass Dominate Bass Scene
Quality largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass continue to be the reward for anglers fishing Lake Berryessa.
“I took two good fisherpeople - guy and gal - out for a late afternoon/night trip,” said Larry Hemphill, fishing guide. “A north wind set in after dark. As usual - it slowed the bite at night.”
“She used my Blade Runner 1/2 oz black buzzbait. Just before dark she made a perfect cast about 2 feet from the bank and a nice bass smashed it and we soon had a healthy 4 lb 13 oz angry bass in the boat. She caught a smaller one right after that,” said Hemphill.
“We had to leave the main body because dark of the moon big swells aren't fun. We retreated to the narrows and caught a few more 2 to 3 pounders. We did wind up with near 15 lbs for the best five," he noted.
“All our bass were largemouths with a few spots. My boat has seen very few spotted bass this year – though I did catch a 4-2 spot in May. My clients stayed another day and did well in the evening with bass up to 6 lbs.,” said Hemphill.
King salmon fishing is the best bet for trollers at Berrryessa. “Anglers should roll shad and troll hoochies, tipped with anchovy fillets, below dodgers at 100 to 120 feet deep from the dam to the power lines,” said Rich Crispi of TW Guide Service. “The kings range from 1-1/2 to 4 pounds. The kokanee season is just about done since the fish are in spawning mode.”
The water temperature was 76 to 78 degrees, with a visibility of 2 to 4 feet.Back To Reports