LOCAL FISHING REPORTS
Updated February 1, 2018
Within an hour’s drive from our fly shop, there are many fisheries offering dozens of species to target with a fly rod. Be sure to speak with our qualified staff members regarding current conditions, seasonal tackle and additional expertise.
A brackish and tidal waterway fed by Mt. St. Helena, which eventually makes its way into the San Pablo/San Francisco Bay. Populations of striped bass have called the river home and provide a constant source of action for fly and conventional anglers year-round. Striped bass were transplanted from the East coast and brought to the San Francisco Bay in the late 1800’s.
Brought in as a source of revenue for commercial fisherman, guidelines were set by the Department of Fish and Game to regulate fish populations. Today, they provide an incredible source of entertainment for old and new anglers. This hard-fighting fish will take any baitfish, if conditions are right. Flies, lures, and bait are methods we use to land these ferocious predators.
Sturgeon are another popular species targeted by Napa fishermen, with a slot size of 40”-60”, even a small keeper will put up a heck of a fight!
Putah Creek is considered the “technical fishery” and the closest trout stream to the Bay Area, which starts in the mountains high above Lake Berryessa before it flows into the Yolo Bypass and finally settles into the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. The section of water targeted by many fly anglers starts at the base of the Monticello Dam and concludes near Lake Solano, 6 miles downstream of the Dam. This section is very accessible along Highway 128, providing pullouts and parking lots with restrooms, as well as day use areas.
Being a tailwater, the flows are regulated heavily by the outflow of the Dam, providing water for agricultural use in the Woodland, Davis and Winters areas. Depending on needs of farmers, flows will fluctuate year-round providing varying depths at different points within the year. With a “zero keep” limit, Putah Creek has become and will continue to be a destination that may anglers will visit when in the North Bay!
The largest lake in Napa County is a source for man boating and recreational activities. Fish species include Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee and landlocked Chinook Salmon. Flies, bait and lures are all viable options to target fish at Lake Berryessa. Within 165 miles of shoreline, finding an open spot on the bank should not be hard to do. With the availability of boat launches on the West and Southern shores, boaters are free to explore this massive reservoir!
LAKE HENNESSEY/CONN DAMN
A reservoir formed by Conn Creek Dame, it provides a good little escape from the hustle and bustle of its larger sister, Lake Berryessa. With Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Bluegill and Trout to target, you will never be bored. Although Berryessa might be 20 times larger, Lake Hennessey gives local anglers a chance at landing a fish 20-minutes from where they may work in Napa.
SAN PABLO/SAN FRANCISCO BAY
With more than 50+ species of fish to target in the San Francisco Bay, the opportunities and adventures are endless. From Sharks and Rays to Perch and Herring, catching saltwater species and in-shore species are possible both on land and from a boat. From Napa, it is a 30-minute boat ride down to the main channel into the Carquinez Straight and then into the San Pablo Bay. White Sturgeon and Striped Bass are thick in numbers. However, just another 20-minute run South will take you to popular fishing spots such as “Red Rock”, “Paradise Pier”, “The Brickyard”, just to name a few. Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish and Flounder are popular species to target.
Updated February 1, 2018
This river has been producing fish! Anglers are getting Stripers with casting and trolling lures, primarily down river (South of Kennedy). Bait fishing has also been good, with Anchovies, of course! However, if you can catch some live bait, such as Mudsuckers, some bigger fish will be of interest. Sturgeon are in! Anglers are on quite a few XXXX in the river. Try using Shrimp, Roe and Eel!
Water temperatures are extremely high for this time of year. This is creating fish to be active and feeding! Trout are still being caught close to the surface using Needlefish, Apex and Rapala. Bass are already starting their pre-spawn habits! They are staging on the outsides of spawning areas and even cruising all the way up to shallow waters. Moving baits, such as Keitech, A-rig, and LV500, are producing. Also, slower baits, Jigs and Worms, are lighting them up! Crappie have been eating off points and woody caves.
CONN DAM/LAKE HENNESSY
Bass have been slow to decent. Fish are in some deeper rock areas where they will eat Jigs, other Texas Rig Creature Baits, A-rig, Dropshot and Keitech. Water clarity is stained, so you may find a shallow bite in the dying grass. Most of these bites will be on reaction baits, such as Chatter bait, Terk bait, Squarebill and LV500. Do not be afraid of picking up a Shakyhead! There are no other reports of trout crappie, etc.