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Napa Fishing and Outdoor Report - August 25th, 2022

This Week at Sweeney's

In this newsletter:

  • Weekly Fishing Report - Bite is on!

  • This week in Hunting - Luis & Juan

  • Gun Shop News

Let's get started!

Jay Hinton

This week in Fishing

Napa River

Once again, the Napa River continues to be the hot bite. Starting to sound like a broken record here, but the Striper bite is red hot in our river. Both the boat anglers and shore anglers are catching them really good. Cut Anchovies or Sardines are working best for schoolies, with an occasional keeper. Casting or trolling various swimbaits, rattletraps, and wild things are working for stripers up to 7-8 lbs. Stripers are spread out pretty good right now, so fishing up in town all the way down to South Slough is producing fish. The sloughs and levee breaks are most consistent for anglers casting lures. The South end of the River is still producing a mixed bag of fish as well. We continue to get a few reports of Sturgeon being caught. We appreciate all the reports.

Lake Berryessa

The bite is like a roller coaster ride right now! Week to week the bite is up and down, and this week it's back up. With the warm water temps and changing water levels, the fishing action for trout, kokanee, and kings fluctuates weekly. This week anglers that are getting out early are being treated to a pretty decent bite for a mixed bag of all species of trout. Trolling all the traditional hot spots on the south end of the lake in 70'-100'+ depths has been productive. We continue to carry all your favorite lures and dodgers from Paulina Peak, Rocky Mountain, Double D, J & J tackle, and many more. Come down and talk with our Guide Austin Abernathy for hot tips and techniques. The Bass bite continues to be very tough! Head out to the Delta or Clearlake for a much better bass bite.

Ocean Salmon Action

The Salmon bite continues to be good off our coast. Although, anglers are having to search for their fish and put in the time there are still limits of Salmon being caught. It continues to be one of the best Salmon seasons in recent memory. The party boats going out of the Golden Gate and up to Bodega are all having good reports coming in. There is still time to get in on this hot action. We have a good supply of trolling balls, and your favorite salmon lures. We also got our hands on a limited supply of tray Anchovies, hopefully, we can keep them coming in, but for now, we are limiting customers to 3 trays per visit. Come down and chat with our Salty Dawg Tom for recent reports and techniques. Another one of our very loyal customers Jay Hinton of Napa had some recent success fishing for salmon aboard the New Rayann party boat. Not only did he catch his limit, but the entire boat caught limits of fish. Congrats on a great trip out, we want some Salmon steaks too!

River Salmon Action

Alex and Austin are yet again chasing river Salmon, exploring the Feather River this time. After moving from spot to spot and covering a lot of water we finally spotted them rolling in one of the holes. Feather River can get really shallow in some spots so it's good to have a jet boat or go with someone who does.

Starting the morning we hit different holes, back bouncing plugs. Worked our first hole really well. Then we moved to our second spot where it didn’t take long and Austin was hooked up on a big bright king salmon. After that we fished plugs until the sun hit the water, then we switched over to a side drifting roe. It's a good technique when the sun comes up because fish will go to the bottom and you can cover a lot of water drifting roe. We ended the day with one salmon bunch of pike minnows, all in all, a good day. Thanks for watching we'll see you next week. "We be Catching!".

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The gear we used: (Also available at the shop). Book your own guided river salmon trip here:

This week in Hunting

Our local deer season is in full swing right now. The Local A zone rifle season is going on, and for most of the other zones in northern California, the archery season is also open. We continue to get some really good reports of bucks being seen. It seems as though the acorn crop is already hitting the ground, which may be a sign that we will see an early rut this year. This past week two of our favorite customers Luis Matias and Juan Deharo had a day to remember! Not only did Luis bag his first buck, but they both connected on bucks. Congrats to the two hunters, they get out there and worked for their success, and we could not be happier or prouder of these guys!!! If you're looking for all your hunting supplies, stop by the shop and let us help you gear up for your next hunt, and bring us your stories and pics we love to see them. With Dove Season starting September 1st, we just got in a shipment of 12 ga Steel upland game loads in time for the season opener. Don't wait, come down and buy what you need before they are all gone. We also, have Mojo Doves, Decoys, and chairs for the big hunt.

Luis Matias and Juan Deharo

This week at Gun Shop




MAGTECH 5.56x45mm 50 ROUNDS


New Ammo In-Stock

Federal 12ga 2.75” #7.5

Migra 12ga 3” Blended #2/BB

Nosler 7mm Rem Mag 150gr

Lead Free

New Firearms


Kimber Stainless II .45 ACP

Kimber Custom II .45 ACP

Sig Sauer P220 .45ACP CZ P-01 9mm

HK P2000 9mm

10% Off All Christensen Arms Rifles!!!

Benelli M4 and Super Nova



US869 Rifle Powder

Triple 7 Muzzleloader Propellant

Pyrodex Muzzleloader Propellant


TAC Rifle Powder


5744 Magnum Handgun Powder

Reloading Bullets

Caliber / Brand/ Type Nontoxic

.308 Barnes 165 gr TTSX BT yes

6.5mm Barnes 120 gr TTSX BT yes

7mm Barnes 150 gr TTSX BT yes

.308 Barnes 150 gr TTSX BT yes

.308 Barnes 168 gr TTSX BT yes

7mm Barnes 140 gr TTSX BT yes

.270 Barnes 130 gr TTSX BT yes

7mm Hornady 150 gr cx yes

.17 cal Hornady 20 gr v-max no

.45 cal Hornady 325 gr FTX no

Nosler Armageddon 17 Rem 20gr HP

Winchester 350 Legend 145gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 7.62x39 124gr FMJ

Belom 7.62x39 123gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 30 Carbine 110gr FMJ

Hornady 218 Bee 45gr HP

Federal 7-30 Waters 120gr

Winchester 25-06 Rem 115gr

Winchester 284 Win 150gr

Winchester 7mm Mauser 145gr

Aguila 7.62x51 150gr FMJ BT

Winchester 7.62x51 149gr FMJ

Weatherby .270 WBY MAG 130gr

Hornady 6.8mm SPC 120 gr

TulAmmo 7.62x54 R 148gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 7.62x54 R 180gr FMJ

Sig Sauer 300 BLK 125 gr FMJ

Federal 300 BLK 150gr

Sellier & Bellot 5.56x45 55gr

Winchester 223 Remington 55gr FMJ

PPU 8mm Mauser 198gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 7.62x51 147gr FMJ

Federal 308 Win 150gr

PPU 7.62x51 145gr FMJ

Aguila 308 Win 150gr FMJ

Remington 223 Remington 55gr FMJ

Magtech 5.56x45 55gr FMJ

Hornady 450 Bushmaster 250gr FTX

CCI 22 WMR Shotshell

Winchester 32 S&W Black Powder Blank

CCI 44 SPL/MAG Shotshell

CORBON 38 Super 115gr JHP

CORBON 38 Super 125gr JHP

Winchester 9x23 Winchester 125gr HP

Sellier & Bellot 7.62x25 Tokarev 85gr

Buffalo Bore 38 Super +P 124gr

Speer 9mm +P 124gr HP

Federal 9mm 124gr HP

Barnes 9mm 115gr HP

Hornady Critical Defense Lite 9mm 100gr HP

Barnes 9mm +P 115gr HP

SinterFire 9mm 100gr HP

Sierra 9mm 124gr HP

Hornady 9mm +P 124gr HP

Blazer 9mm 115gr FMJ

Federal Syntech 115gr

Magtech 9mm 115gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 40 S&W 180gr FMJ

Magtech 40 S&W 180gr FMJ

Blazer 40 S&W 165gr FMJ

Hornady 40 S&W 180gr HP

Barnes 40 S&W 140gr HP

Hornady Critical Defense 40 S&W 165gr HP

Federal 40 S&W 165gr JHP

Barnes 380 80gr HP

Federal 45 ACP 230gr JHP

Hornady Critical Defense 45 ACP 185gr HP

Sig Sauer 45 ACP 230gr JHP

Sellier & Bellot 45 ACP 230gr FMJ

Winchester 45 ACP 230gr FMJ

FNH USA 5.7x28 40gr

Magtech 32 S&WL 98gr FMJ

Speer 357 Sig 125gr TMJ NOT 357 MAG

Sierra 380 90gr JHP

Ammo Incorporated 380 90gr JHP

Magtech 380 95gr FMJ

Aguila 380 95gr FMJ

Federal 380 95gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 380 92gr FMJ

Hornady 480 Ruger 325gr HP

Speer 480 Ruger 275gr HP

CCI 22 WMR 30gr HP

CCI 22 Long 29gr NOT 22 LONG RIFLE

Blazer 22 LR 38gr

Browning 22 LR 40gr

Buffalo Bore 38 Special 125gr JHP

Ammo Incorporated 38 Special 125gr JHP

Winchester 38 Special 130gr FMJ

HSM 38 Special 158gr

Ammo Incorporated 44 Mag 240gr JHP

Hornady 454 Casull 200gr HP

Hornady 17 Mach 2 17gr

Hornady Superformance 223 Rem 55gr CX YES

Hornady Superformance 5.56 NATO 55gr GMX Yes

Winchester 270 WSM 130gr Yes

Hornady Superformance 7mm-08 Rem 139gr CX Yes

Hornady Outfitter 270 Win 130gr CX Yes

Winchester 270 Win 130gr Yes

Hornady Outfitter 308 Win 165gr CX Yes

Winchester 300 WSM 150gr Yes

Sig Sauer 300 BLK 120gr Yes

Weatherby 300 WBY MAG 180gr TTSX Yes

Hornady Outfitter 7mm REM MAG 150gr CX Yes

Barnes Vor-Tx 308 Win 168gr TTSX BT Yes

Hornady Superformance 30-06 Sprg 165gr CX Yes

Hornady Outfitter 30-06 Sprg 180gr CX Yes

Winchester 30-06 Sprg 150gr Yes

Federal 30-06 Sprg 165gr Barnes TSX Yes

Hornady Superformance 6.5 Creed 120gr CX Yes

Remington 12GA 3IN 1⅛OZ 2Shot Yes

Winchester Blind Side 12GA 3IN 1⅜OZ 2Shot Yes

Winchester 6.8 Western 162gr Yes

Winchester 12GA 2¾IN 1OZ Sabot Slug Yes

Aguila 12GA 2¾IN 1⅜OZ 0B

Rio 12GA 2¾IN 1⅛OZ 6Shot Yes

Federal 12GA 2¾IN 1⅛OZ 7½Shot Yes

Hevi-Shot 12GA 3½IN 1¾OZ B Shot Yes

Fiocchi 12GA 8.6mm Buckshot

Winchester 10GA 3½IN 1⅝OZ BBB Shot Yes

Hevi-Shot 12GA 3½IN 1½OZ 3Shot Yes

Hevi-Shot Bismuth 12GA 2¾IN 1¼OZ 4Shot Yes

Winchester 12GA 3IN 1⅛OZ 2Shot Yes

Hevi-Shot 12GA 3IN 1¼OZ 4Shot Yes

Zuber 20GA 2¾IN 15/16OZ 7½Shot

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