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Bassers keeping quiet on Lake Berryessa action

WON Staff Writer
Published: Oct 05, 2017
WINTERS –– Big tournaments are coming up at Lake Berryessa this October, so bass anglers are keeping their reports quiet, or the bite really is that tough, reported WON Field Reporter Scott Green.

BERRYESSA ’BOWS — WON Field Reporter Andre Fontenot shows off the limit of rainbow trout he caught on Sunday, Aug. 20, while fishing between the Ranch House and Big Island at 30 to 48 feet at Lake Berryessa, all on Speedy Shiners.


The transition from summer to fall is tough right now, with anglers scratching their head. Dropping water temps should have all three species of bass with largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass pushing bait in the back of creeks, bays and small cuts to feed.

Green said the topwater bite has slowed way down, but is always good to keep one handy on the deck for a big bite. The few reports of success have come from anglers who have found the right combo of feeding fish on a bait school. LV500's, spoons, jerk baits and shallow cranks are some good baits to keep handy while covering water.

Bill Daves of Petaluma enticed a big 6.8-pound largemouth on a buzzbait in 5 feet of water this week. Daves said he stayed shallow among the trees on the northeast side of the lake for 6 fish all day, but that big one was worth it.

David Boettger of Windsor followed with a 5.2-pound largemouth taken from Putah Creek on a drop-shot rig.

The east shoreline is getting the most pressure as anglers wait for the fall bite to pop. Others are bouncing point-to-point, fishing many depths in the water column with drop-shot, jigs, Senkos and tubes to fill limits.

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