The Fish Sniffer - Trout Fishing Is Hot and Cold
Trout Fishing Is Hot and Cold

Written By: Danny Lloyd, February 6, 2014
Species: Trout Bass
Location: Berryessa Reservoir,

Bank fishermen are finding hot and cold rainbow trout action while bait fishing at Markley Cove and other areas of Lake Berryessa.

"The action is great one day and slow the next," reports Ashley of Sweeney's Sports in Napa, Ca. "However when it's on - it is on."

Anglers reported nailing trout ranging from 2 to 3 pounds in the back of coves. Some people are using minnows and night crawlers under bobbers, while other fisherman are free-lining the minnows and letting them do the work.

Trollers continue to catch rainbows from the surface to 25 feet deep. Fish Sniffer reader Craig Andri visited Berryessa on January 19 with his fishing partner Jeremy Hart of Loomis. They were able to catch 8 nice rainbows to 17 inches with a few near 2-2 1/2 pounds.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing will improve as the water temperature warms up and fish move into the pre-spawn mode. "Bass are hitting the best on plastics fished on a drop shot rig from 20-60 feet of water as well as slowly fishing spoons in the same areas," reported Andri.

The water level has remained at 414.00 feet or 24.60 feet below the Glory Hole Spillway.

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