Fishing Report November 18, 2011
Bill's Fishing Update
As the I-T went to press this week, the commercial crab fishermen were still on strike, so the best way for Sonomans to get fresh local Dungeness crab is head for the coast and catch them yourself. Capt. Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing offers "Combo" crab and rock fish trips for $100, and his clients are bringing home full limits of both virtually every trip. "The crabs are jumbo," says Rick, "And there are lots of them." His clients are also bringing home full limits of rock fish and quite a few ling cod. Call Rick at 875-3344 to book a trip today.
Striped bass continue to make fishing close to Sonoma a worthwhile adventure. Valerie at Leonard's Bait Shop at Port Sonoma reports excellent striper action off the shore in the Petaluma River and Napa River. And she is getting good reports from guys fishing off China Camp.
Kevin Wolf at Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael confirms her report, adding that several sturgeon were also caught off China Camp this week, and someone also landed a 17-pound halibut. The most popular bait for stripers are live bullheads, but a lot of angles are also using grass shrimp in the hope of hooking a sturgeon.
Clear Lake bass fishing had been slow up until last Friday, but guide Larry Hemphill had great evening action last Friday, catching some monster bass.
Sid Silberberg who does a lot of guiding on Lake Berryessa says the trout fishing on that lake has been fantastic.