The Fish Sniffer - Smallmouth Bass Offer Top River Action
Smallmouth Bass Offer Top River Action

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 11, 2014
Species: Bass Steelhead
Location: Russian River, Sonoma Lake,

While shad fishing is over for the season, fishermen are nailing decent numbers of smallmouth bass in the lower Russian River.

“I’ve been rowing my drift boat on the river beween Forestville and Monte Rio,” said Dave Delmue at Kings Sport and Tackle. “I’m letting my girlfriend and friends do the fishing. We’re getting anywhere from 4 to 12 smallmouth per trip.”

We’re finding the best action on small Rebel crayfish and yellow/silver Panther Martins,” he stated. “For the bigger fish, we’re throwing Yamamoto Senkos in crayfish patterns. The fish average 1 pound or less, but we’re getting a few bigger ones in the 2-1/2 to 3 pound range.”

If you want to hook landlocked steelhead at Lake Sonoma, your best bet is to troll at 50 to 65 feet deep, according to Rich Crispi of TW Guide Service.

Troll with nightcrawlers, Arctic Fox flies, Needlefish and Apex lures behind dodgers in the main body near the dam. Expect to hook fish in the 14 to 16 inch range, also with some larger fish from 16 to 22 inches long.


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