Trollers Hug The Bottom For Kokes And Kings
Kokanee and king salmon fishing is very good for trollers hugging the bottom at Lake Berryessa.
Dan Vasquez of Antioch and Rich Crispi of TW Guide Service had a great day when they caught as well as kept 4 quality 16 to 17 inch kokanee and 6 kings to 4 pounds at Berryessa. The also caught and released 4 bass, 4 second year kokanee and four other kings.
“We didn't really have a hot spot - we covered a lot of water from the Big Island to the dam to get these fish,” Crispi tipped. “You really have to work structure right now to get both species, since the kings and the kokes are getting ready to spawn.”
“We got the kokes on 3/0 watermelon dodgers and RMT squids in double grow pink and RGT's in Pink as well as pink glow apexes at 75 to 90 feet deep going 1.4 mph,” he said. “We rolled shad for the kings.”
On the next trip, Arthur and Sherri Kase of Las Vegas found a great kokanee bite while trolling with Crispi. They boated two limits, landing 2 kings to 3.8 pounds and 8 kokanee to 17 inches, while using Uncle Larry’s spinners and shad in a variety of spots.”
“Bass fishing is still very good,” said Don Paganelli of Paganelli’s Bass Fishing Experience. “The morning top water bite was great working coves in the Narrows with Don Ivino Splash-it poppers on my last trip. Then we worked the points and off shore structure with drop shot rigs and caught some nice smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass. We even caught 3 on spoons working a bait school in 45 feet of water.”
Guide Larry Hemphill and a client put 10 bass, topped by a 2-1/4 lb. largemouth, in the boat on his latest trip. “We found the bass around 20 to 30 feet deep in the Narros - mostly on points. Most were caught split-shotting and drop-shotting Robo Worms. Oxblood w/red flake was the best color,” Hemphill disclosed.
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