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Napa Fishing and Outdoor Report - October 13th, 2022

  • Fishing Report

  • Hunting/Outdoor Update

  • Deals of the Week

  • Gun Shop News

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New Basic Handgun Training Class! We are excited to announce that we are now offering a "Basic Firearms Safety and Handling" class at Sweeney's Sports. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Fishing Report

Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa continues to have a good Fall bite. The Trout and Salmon bite remains steady with some anglers catching limits of fish. Reports are showing that the fish are on the move, so you may have to search around to find them. The south end of the lake continues to produce, Markley Cove out to the main lake. Start looking North in the Pope and Putah creek river channels as fish start to move. Trolling big spoons like Kastmasters, Speedy Shiners, and Needlefish, as well as a variety of spinners behind a dodger in 30'-75' are catching fish. Bass anglers are still on a good spoon bite! Chasing bait balls and spooning through them is the hot ticket right now. The Fall bass bite should continue to just get better. It's been a tough summer for the bass anglers, but that bite seems to really be turning around. Don't forget to target fish up shallow chasing bait as well. Reaction baits like LV 500's, spinner baits, underspins, and chatter baits around the remaining grass beds or flooded willows can produce a great bite. Markely Cove and Putah Creek launch ramps still remain open with single lane ramps.

Napa River

The Napa River just keeps on producing!! The striper bite is rolling on strong for the bank and boat anglers. The Fall live bait bite with mudsuckers or bullheads is producing very well. Trolling and casting in the levee breaks and sloughs with Rattle Traps, LV500s, Spro Aruku Shads, Broken backs, and swimbaits are producing throughout the river. Spooning with 3oz-4oz jigs in the main river or deep levee breaks can also produce fish.

There is a Sturgeon bite in the south end of the river, numbers are not great but there is some action for those that want to try. There is King Salmon in the system right now. Try throwing heavy spinners like Mepps Flying C's up in town or the multiple levee breaks. Remember to use barbless single hooks on all your lures if you are targeting salmon. The salmon season will officially close on Oct 31st, so we still have a few more weeks. I am looking for pics to share in our report, so if you catch a nice fish send a story and pic to

Conn Dam/Lake Hennessey-The bass bite is about all that is worth talking about here. We are getting a few reports coming in of a fair bass bite up there. Finesse techniques with drop shotting or split shotting Robo Worms or crawdad-colored creature baits on offshore rocks, or rock walls have been producing. Also, try jigs, or deep cranks on the rocks. Look for the bass to start moving shallow looking for bait as the water temps continue to cool off. We have had no reports of crappie or trout in some time. The launch is still open at the time.

I was able to hit the river for a couple of hours this week. I had a super high tide on Tuesday evening and fished the slack tide. I usually avoid the slack tide when I can, but the action was good anyways. We managed to stay close to town and catch 12 stripers. We only saw two keeper-size stripers, but the little ones on light tackle are always fun. We threw River2Sea 4” swimbaits and Lucky Craft LV500s.

Striper Fishing Kits are 20% OFF

If you are a beginner or occasional Striper angler or know someone who is you can't really do better than our Striper fishing kits. We have 3 kit levels and all are on sale at 20% OFF. This will be the best deal of the year to snag a kit for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Click on the image below, review the details, pick your kit and choose "Pickup In Store" at the checkout. All Striper kit purchases include a set of free training videos.

Limited quantities.


This week in the shop we received a shipment of new lights from a company called Kodiak Lighting. A very exciting new product line for us here at the shop. This company is producing very high-lumen output lights at great prices and are rechargeable. Products including Tactical Lights, Headlamps, and small handheld lights have arrived. Looking for a new headlamp for the upcoming duck season, how about a 1300-lumen light to find your way?

Also, great Christmas gift ideas!!!

We also received a truckload of products from Crossman, BB, and Pellet guns. Just in time for the holiday season. Duck Season opens in a couple of weeks on October 22nd. We have a good selection of gear from duck calls to waders. This week we received an order of Winchester 12 ga 3" #2 shot. If you need steel shot, don't wait we only got 20 cases and I am not sure what else is coming in for the first part of the season.

Great Deals

This week we are featuring SIMMS waders. We have closeout specials on all Tributary, Flyweight and Freestone Breathable waders. The Tributary waders were originally $199.95 now they are $129.97, Flyweight were $599.95 now $349.97, and Freestone were $299.95 now only $199.97. This price will be good till there gone. Rock bottom prices on the best wader out there.

Gun Shop News

Weekly Specials.


WAS: $16.99 NOW:$12.99

Zuber 20ga 2-¾” #7.5 Lead

250 Rounds

Was: $139.99 Now:$124.99

Sig Sauer P226 MK-25

Was: $1249.99 Now: $1199.99

10% Off All Range Finders

New Arrivals

Christensen Arms Traverse 28 Nosler

Taurus 856 Defender .38 Special


Hevi-Shot Hammer

12ga 3” #2 & #4

Winchester Blind Side 2

12 Ga 3 In 2 Shot

Winchester Xpert 12Ga 3in 2Shot

Crosman ST-1 Full Auto CO2 BB Gun

Red Rider BB Gun

10% Off All Christensen Arms Rifles!!!




Rifle Powder

Triple 7

Muzzleloader Propellant


Muzzleloader Propellant



Rifle Powder



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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