Plenty of quality largemouth and smallmouth are being caught by a variety of techniques, said Scott Green, WON Field Reporter. Early morning risers can take advantage of that great topwater bite with walking baits, poppers and Buzzbaits in and around primary and secondary points. This is the best method to catch smallmouth to 2 pounds and largemouth to 6 pounds.
“Once the sun comes up, its best to drop down in the water column with jigs, Senkos or plastic worms in that 15- to 25-feet of water,” Green said. “Tommy Hammond and Vern Andrade of San Francisco reported catching over 25 fish to 4 pounds, with mostly watermelon Senkos and jigs in Dry Creek from the mouth of Yorty Creek up to the 5 mph bouys. They said they were fishing 5-inch Senkos weightless with 12-pound P-Line fluorocarbon for their strikes.”
Duke Francis of Napa caught and released a 6.2-pound largemouth near the marina on a green pumpkin Senko at Lake Sonoma.
Catfishing remains steady for overnight campers soaking stink baits in the 20- to 30-foot range of water in the river channels. Most are channel catfish ranging between 6 and 12 pounds that provide quite a fight. Haden Downs of Sausalito caught a 12-pound channel catfish near Buck Pasture campground on cut mackerel at Lake Sonoma.
Mike Erion manager of the Outdoor Pro Shop in Cotati reported that a few trout trollers are getting their Shad imitations down in that 35- to 40-foot range for their 2 to 5 hookups a trip. Most of these landlocked steelhead are averaging right around 16-18" and put up a great fight on light tackle.
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