Fishing roundup for Sonoma anglers
Catching crabs in a good way
As of press time, commercial crabbers are still tied up because of a price dispute with crab buyer/wholesalers. That means that the only way to have fresh Dungeness crab right now is to catch them yourself. There is a way. Capt. Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing offers a combo rockcod and crab trip for $100 per angler that is resulting in full limits of crab and rockcod on virtually every trip. The crabs are big and easy to get. Call Rick at 875-3344.
And, by the way, Rick offers gift certificates for those of you looking for a unique stocking stuffer idea. The certificates are good for a day's fishing with him.
Striper fishing from shore is a good way to enjoy the holidays. While your spouse fights the crowds the day after Thanksgiving, you might make yourself a turkey sandwich and head over to the Napa River or Petaluma River and catch some striped bass, which are biting with regularity at those locations according to Joel Sinkay at Leonard's Bait Shop at Port Sonoma. Joel has plenty of bullheads and live grass shrimp.
And, Joel too has gift certificates. Gift your loved one a bag of live bullheads for the holidays. Call him at 762-7818.
The sturgeon bite will begin to improve as rain continues, and that too presents an opportunity for fishing close to home. Keith Fraser books party boats from his Loch Lomond Bait Shop (415) 456-0321, and yes, he offers gift certificates.
Steve Kyle passed on this trout and steelhead report from Sonoman Les Clark:
"Returned Thursday from Sac River at Redding fishing with guide JimAndras. Just like last year, we caught many large red-side rainbows, only two of which were under 16 inches. For me, 27 fish in two days and partner Ron had close to that. He actually hook a large salmon on the pheasant tail dropper, a size 16. Jim said we can't touch it (DFG regulations) in the top fishing zone so we broke it off.
"On the second day one group put in farther down river somewhere between Cottonwood and Jellys Ferry and got into steelhead; six hooked and 15 landed, plus 16 large trout."
Eddie Curotto has hunted twice at Meridian since the pheasant season opened and reports he has limited both times.