HEALDSBURG — With school just around the corner, look for Lake Sonoma to turn peaceful (at least at the public boat launch) and anglers to start making their way back out, reported Scott Green, WON Field Reporter.
Bass anglers and trout trollers alike have resorted to weekdays for some "quiet water" to fish.
Anglers who make the weekday trip for trout have also reported catching a few landlocked steelhead to 18 inches while working that main body slot from the dam up to the no-ski buoys up the east shoreline. The best depth has been the in 35 to 45 feet of water with white trolling flies, No. 2 Needlefish in cop-car color or nightcrawlers dragged behind a small chrome dodger. Most boat anglers are averaging 3 to 5 hookups an outing.
Green said that bass anglers are still keying on early mornings or night fishing for any consistent action. Topwater offerings around primary and secondary main body points at daybreak are triggering a few good largemouth to 4 pounds. Once the sun pops up, most anglers are dropping down the water column with worms, jigs or Senkos for added bites.
“If night fishing is your thing, black buzz-baits and chatterbaits fished around the flats are kicking out some dandy bass,” said Green. “Josh Pettigrew of Novato boated close to 15 bass with a big fish of 7.44 pounds, fishing Cherry Creek. Josh said most of his fish came on the chatterbait with his best five coming close to 20 pounds, but the big fish did eat the buzzbait.”
Both launch ramps are currently open to boats, while Yorty Creek has a car-topper or kayak launch ramp as well.
Josh Peterson at The Outdoor Pro Shop in Cotati also said fishing has remained pretty good for bass on crankbaits in the Warm Springs area of Lake Sonoma, but not much action is being reported with few anglers testing the waters of Lake Mendocino.