Troll The Bottom For Mixed Kokanee And Rainbow Limits
Trollers are bagging limits of kokanee salmon and holdover rainbow trout, while bass fishermen are nailing good numbers of spots, smallmouths and largemouths at Lake Berryessa.
“The kokanee were more numerous in May and June, but there are still kokanee there to catch,” reported Troy Barr of T-Roy’s Guide Service. “It’s a pre-spawn bite now, so you got to get your lures down and hug the bottom.”
Barr reported catching mixed limits of kokanee and rainbow trout on his latest adventures. “We’re averaging about 3 rainbows in the 19 to 21 inch range per trip,” he noted. “Most of the kokanee are 16 to 18 inches, with some fish in the 13 to 14 inch range mixed in.”
Barr has been hooking both species while trolling Apex lures, Uncle Larry’s spinners and hoochies, tipped with Pautzke shoepeg corn, at 75 to 85 feet deep on the east side of the main body.
Larry Hemphill, fishing guide, reported slow fishing on a foggy morning with a father and 2 grown sons on his latest Berryessa bass fishing adventure. The bite improved some as the sun appeared.
“Quantity wasn't good but the quality was - including one of the sons in a 20 minute battle with a 13 lb catfish on 6 lb test,” said Hemphill. “They caught several good bass from 2-1/2 to almost 3-1/4 lbs - and some smaller ones.”
“We were fishing the west shore of the main body. Robo Worms were the ticket. MMIII and prism shad were the best colors - about 15 to 25 feet - on points,” Hemphill disclosed.
The water temperature was 73-76 degrees and the water clarity was 2-4 feet.Back To Reports