Trollers Battle Landlocked Steelhead
Boaters are experiencing “pretty good” landlocked steelhead action at Lake Sonoma, said Rich Crispi of TW Guide Service.
“Most of the fish are from 16 to 17 inches long with some larger 20 to 22 inch fish mixed in,” said Crispi. “Some days are yielding the best action on naked nightcrawlers, while other days are producing the top fishing on Arctic Fox cinnamon or white flies.”
While anglers are seeing some action near the surface at first light, they will find the most consistent fishing at 30 to 60 feet. The top area is near the dam and marina.
Smallmouth bass continue to lead the angling parade on the Russian River. “The water temperatures are perfect for bass, from 68 to 72 degrees,” reported Scott Heemstra at King’s Sport and Tackle in Guerneville.
“One friend caught and released five smallmouth up to 2 pounds while fly fishing with olive wooly buggers on the river above Guerneville,” noted Heemstra. “Another fishing buddy has been catching and releasing an average of two dozen bass per afternoon while throwing Rebel Crawfish and wacky-rigged plastic worms in the Monte Rio area. In addition to the smallmouths, a few largemouth bass are also showing.”
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