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Napa Fishing and Outdoor Report - July 7th, 2022

This Week at Sweeney's

In this newsletter:

  • Napa Fishing Report

  • July 23rd Customer Appreciation Event details


  • Gun Shop update - Sig P238 Now in stock

Let's get started!

Napa Fishing Report

The stripers are in the river in pretty good numbers right now! We continue to get mixed reports on catching them. It seems that the anglers chasing with trolling and casting techniques are having the best luck. Fishing the levee breaks, and sloughs with Rattle Traps, and Swim baits are producing some good action for Stripers. Bank anglers using cut Anchovies and Sardines are still catching fish, but for schoolie size fish, and the occasional keeper.

Hot Ocean Salmon Bite

The second half of the Ocean Salmon season is nothing short of spectacular. Anglers going out of the Golden Gate and Bodega Bay areas are catching limits with some giant salmon mixed in. This week the conditions have been awesome out there, with some anglers saying the ocean has been like a lake. Look for fishing to be really good, but the wind may come back up this next week. Regardless, this is some of the best salmon action we have seen in a while, with plenty of 20Lb plus being caught it's time to get out there. We are well stocked up on tray anchovies and herring! Need 2lb and 2.5lb trolling balls we have plenty, and you will pay less than buying them on the charter boat. We are also well stocked up on Rotary Salmon Killers, Apex Lures, and FBR's. Come in and ask Tom for recent hotspots and news.

Lake Berryessa

The bass bite continues to be pretty good for anglers finding the bait balls out there. Finesse techniques with Drop shotting Robo Worms, and nail-weighted Senkos, are both catching fish. The Trout and Kokane salmon bite is getting tougher going into the summer. Trollers need to be in 60-100+ feet to find fish. The Putah Creek channel, Big Island, and various spots in the Narrows to the Dam are still kicking out fish for those trying. We continue to be stocked up on all your trolling needs, spinners, hoochies, spoons, and a good variety of flashers. Ask Austin for techniques for summertime success.

Clear Lake

The summertime bass bite is starting to be in full swing. Shallow areas up North are still holding fish in the weed beds, but fish are starting to pull offshore and move into cooler water. Anglers are catching fish on a variety of baits, try top water with frogs, buzz baits, chatter baits, and shallow cranks around weeds also working. The mid-lake and south areas are starting to kick out a bunch of fish. fish on rock walls, and points in 10-25 ft with finesse techniques to catch numbers of fish. The jig bite should start to produce on the deeper rock piles and walls. We are getting a few reports of a decent nighttime catfish bite on the south end of the lake. Try live jumbo minnows, cut shad, or mackerel.

Striper fishing on Napa River before work

Today we are taking a quick Striper fishing trip on Napa River before heading into the shop. Our goal was to get a few hookups using only the equipment and lures from our Striper Fishing Kit. And we had just under 2 hours to do it. We launched at Cuttings Wharf around 6:30am and made our way out to the sloughs toward Vallejo where we started trolling for stripers using various rattle traps and swimbaits, which are all part of our Striper Fishing Kit. Check it out:

The whole Sweeney’s Sports team is super excited to host our Customer Appreciation event on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 11am-4pm. Please join us as we celebrate you, our customers. Thank you for supporting our store since 1970! Our July 23rd event theme is: Save money. Learn something new. Have fun.

Save Money

  • 10% Storewide Sale - All Day (Excludes Fish & Wildlife/DOJ licensing and services)

  • Huge Outdoor Clearance Sale - Up to 60% Off

  • 20% Off Turn-Key Fishing Kits: Striper, Kokanee, River Salmon, Trout.

Learn Something New

  • Fly Fishing Clinic from 11am to 11:45am

  • River Salmon Fishing Clinic 12:00pm to 12:45pm

  • Kokanee Fishing Clinic from 1:00pm to 1:45pm

  • Handgun and Shotgun Cleaning Basics Clinic 2:00pm to 2:45pm

The classes are FREE, but we have limited capacity, please pre-register. Click here to pre-register

Have Fun

  • Earn one raffle ticket per $100 spent for a chance to win Free: Yeti 75 Cooler ($450), or Springfield XD-9 ($550)

  • Enjoy Free Hot Dog + Soft Drink 11am-2pm

  • Casting Competition for Kids for a chance to win $20, $50, and $75 Gift Card

  • Meet Catch Happy fishing guides team and check out their boats

  • Try on new Simms Gear at Simms Pop-up Shop

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, July 23rd.


We are looking for an outdoor enthusiast who is willing to work weekend hours with the possibility of weekday hours as well. Must have good people skills, and be willing to learn. We are looking for someone that has some fishing, and or hunting knowledge. Knowledge of our local fisheries would be beneficial as well. This person will be asked to provide help with the day-to-day activities at the shop, including running the cash register, greeting customers, order processing, and general cleanup. - Make money doing what you love - Get a huge discount on everything we sell - Have fun and learn with the best team in the business - Join a growing business with the potential for career opportunities - An option to star in our videos/social media, if interested - Paid Time Off/401K Available Interested? Apply here.

Ready for the River Salmon Season?

The river King Salmon season is starting July 16th. It's time to get on the books with one of our top guides. Trips get booked up fast, so don't wait, learn more and book your trip at

This week at Gun Shop

Now in stock: Sig P238 - $799 (Limited Quantity)




Rifle Powder

Triple 7

Muzzleloader Propellant


Muzzleloader Propellant



Rifle Powder



Magnum Handgun Powder

Reloading Bullets





Barnes 165 gr TTSX BT



Barnes 120 gr TTSX BT



Barnes 150 gr TTSX BT



Barnes 150 gr TTSX BT



Barnes 168 gr TTSX BT



Barnes 140 gr TTSX BT



Barnes 130 gr TTSX BT



Hornady 150 gr cx


.17 cal

Hornady 20 gr v-max


.45 cal

Hornady 325 gr FTX






.22 WMR

CCI Shotshell ⅛ oz 12 shot

.22 LR

CCI Quiet Segmented Hollow Point 40 gr


Federal Syntech FMJ 115 gr

Browning FMJ 115 gr

Sar USA FMJ 124 gr

Sierra 124 gr Jacketed Hollow Point


Hornady Critical Defense115 gr Hollow Point

Hornady Critical Duty 124 gr +P Hollow Point

Hornady Critical Defense Lite 100 gr Hollow Point

.40 S&W

Magtech 180gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 180 gr FMJ

Winchester 165 gr FMJ

CCI Blazer 165 gr

.45 ACP

Sellier & Bellot 230 gr FMJ


Winchester 55 gr FMJ


Hornady Outfitter 165 gr CX


Barnes 168 gr TTSX BT


6.5 Creedmore

Hornady Outfitter 120 gr CX


Hornady Precision Hunter 143 gr ELD-X


Hornady Outfitter 130 gr CX



Hornady Superperformance 165 gr CX


Hornady Outfitter 180 gr CX


Winchester Copper Impact 150 gr



Winchester Deer Season XP 2 ¾ in 1 oz Sabot Slug



Zuber 2 ¾ in 7 ½ Shot

.300 WSM

Winchester 150 gr Copper Extreme Point


.270 WBY

Weatherby 130 gr Barnes TTSX


.300 WBY

Weatherby 180 gr Barnes TTSX



Weatherby 140 gr Barnes TTSX


6.5-.300 WBY

Weatherby 127 gr Barnes LRX


.257 WBY

Weatherby 100 gr Barnes TTSX



Sellier & Bellot 124 gr FMJ


Sellier & Bellot 180 gr FMJ

.300 BLK

Sig Sauer 125 gr FMJ

Federal 150 gr FMJ

.300 WIN MAG

Federal 180 gr Nosler Partition

Waterfowl/Upland Loads In Stock

Hevi-Shot: Hevi Bismuth 12 Gauge 2.75” 4 Shot

Hevi-Shot: Hevi Metal 12 Gauge 3” 4 Shot

Federal: Upland Steel 12 Guage 2.75” 7.5 Shot

Winchester .270 Win Non-Lead Sale $39.99!!!

New Firearms


BENELLI M4 12GA 18.5" Black

Sig Sauer P220 .45ACP

10% Off All Christensen Arms Rifles!!!

Sig Sauer Romeo MSR

Range Special

Save $100 and get everything you need to hit the range:

  • Springfield XD9 9mm Pistol

  • Leupold Performance Eyewear - Many Styles Available

  • Howard Leight Electronic Ear Protection

  • Speer Gold Dot 9mm Hollow Point

  • Federal Synthetic Range 9mm FMJ

  • KleenBore Handgun Cleaning Kit

Price: $799.99

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