Spooners Hammer Bass And Catfish
If you like to spoon for black bass and some bonus channel catfish, now is the time to hit Lake Berryessa.
“Spooning is really good at Berryessa,” said Allen Fong at Fisherman’s Warehouse. “The best depth is from 50 to 60 feet. Rick Tietz reported catching and releasing over 50 bass on his latest trip to the lake. Most of his fish were spotted bass.”
“I caught and released between 25 and 30 bass, mostly smallmouths, on a trip to the lake while using Blade Runner Duh Spoons in the morning dawn pattern in the main body. My limit of smallmouth weighed 18 pounds. The key was to find bait and then drop the spoon down.”
He also released some hefty channel cats in the 7 to 10 lb. range, along with losing one big fish.
“I haven’t hooked any trout yet, but the rainbow fishing should improve as the lake turns over,” said Fong.
All Reclamation-operated recreation areas at Lake Berryessa closed on October 1 until further notice, according to Jeff Laird, Park Manager, Bureau of Reclamation Lake Berryessa.
This closure includes all Reclamation-operated boat launching, day use, trails, restrooms, the Visitor Center, the Park Office and other facilities and services. These closed areas include Oak Shores Day Use Area, Smittle Creek Day Use Area, Eticuera Day Use Area, Olive Orchard Day Use Area, Dufer Point Visitor Center, and Capell Cove Boat Launch Ramp.
However, all Concession-operated recreation areas at Lake Berryessa will remain open with all services provided. Concession areas that will remain open include Markley Cove Marina, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Spanish Flat Recreation Area, and Putah Canyon Recreation Area.Back To Reports