The Fish Sniffer - Take Your Choice Of Landlocked Steelies Or Bass
Take Your Choice Of Landlocked Steelies Or Bass

Written By: Danny Lloyd, December 5, 2013
Species: Steelhead Trout Bass
Location: Sonoma Lake, Russian River,

If you like fishing for hard fighting landlocked steelhead trout, Lake Sonoma is the place to be with fish being caught by anglers fishing from the surface to 20 feet deep.

"Most fish are in the 15 to 22 inch range, with an occasional fish in the 26 to 28 inch range," revealed Tom Jimenez at Outdoor Pro Shop. "The fish are hitting Apex lures in the 1 to 1-1/2 inch range, Dick Nites, Sep's Pro Secrets, as well as threaded night crawlers behind flashers or dodgers. Chrome, brass, and copper are the top lure colors."

The Cherry Creek and Warm Springs arms are producing the best steelhead action, but anglers are warned to be cautious when fishing here, since there are many snags and underwater trees. The best and safest areas to troll are those without snags is in the main body from the dam to the no ski buoys.

"Black bass fishing continues to be good," said Scott Silveira, also at Ourdoor Pro Shop. "Fishermen are experiencing the most success while tossing spinnerbaits and rip baits and dragging jigs in 30 feet of water. There has been a nice mix of largemouth and smallmouth bass."

The Russian River has not been producing much, but keep an eye on flows here, if there's enough rain to bring it up and blow it out, the salmon should make a good showing.

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