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Napa Fishing and Outdoor Report - October 19th, 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 for details.

Fishing Report

Fish and Wildlife announcement.

Well it's finally official, the CDFW has announced that beginning November 15, 2022, California anglers will be able to purchase a 2023 fishing license that will take effect on January 1, 2023 and last the entire year. All licenses purchased on or after January 1, 2023, will be effective from the date of purchase for a continuous 365 days. For more info, please visit for FAQS on the Sport Fishing Licenses and Report Card page. We all have been waiting for this to happen for a very long time. For those of you that buy Fishing Licenses as Christmas gifts, we are encouraging you to only buy the gift voucher and not the actual license. This way the angler getting the gift can choose the start date of the license.

Cole Kipsey Caught a bunch of Stripers this week on the Fly!

Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa produce a decent King Salmon and Trout bite this week, but the bite got really tough for some. The full moon last week and dropping water levels slowed the bite for now. Trolling in 50-70 feet with Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, Kastmasters, and a variety of spinners behind a dodger can produce fish. Anglers are having to move around to pick up their fish right now. We didn't hear of limits being caught, more like a few fish here and there. Trollers are picking up quite a few bass as well. The bass bite continued to be pretty good for the anglers finding the fish. The Spooning action is the hot choice right now. Find the bait balls and use your favorite spoon through the bait. We carry P-line Lazer Minnow, Kastmasters, and a few Blade Runner Spoons. Drop-shotting Robo Worms around the bait balls will work as well. Also, target shallow fish with LV500's, Chatter Baits, or Spinnerbaits. We have not received any good reports lately of Catfish or Crappie being caught.

Napa River

The Napa River has been one of the best fishing stories around. Week after week our local fishery just keeps pumping out Stripers. This last week has been no different. Great action continues for good numbers of stripers, and there is an increase in better size fish. Trolling and casting Swimbaits, LV500's, broken backs, and Rattletraps has been the top producers. The bank anglers using live bait are catching some nice fish. While cut Anchovies, and Sardines produce numbers with a few keepers thrown in. Fish are really moving around, as we get reports of good numbers of stripers caught up in town and all the way down to the mouth of the river. There is sturgeon in the system as well, with most of the reports coming in from the south end of the river and in the bay. We are not getting a lot of Sturgeon reports but enough to mention here. We have Salmon Roe and frozen or cured shrimp in stock.

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

One of our long-time customers Doug Dahme caught his fish of a lifetime. While fishing 45 miles outside of Bodega Bay Doug hooked up and landed a giant 200+lb tuna. Wow what a fish, congrats Doug!! If you have any leftover tuna steaks, you know where to find me. If you're looking for a Cedar Plug, Daisy Chain, or Tuna Feathers stop by the shop and check out our small selection of tuna basics.

One of our long-time customers Doug Dahme caught his fish of a lifetime. While fishing 45 miles outside of Bodega Bay Doug hooked up and landed a giant 200+lb tuna. Wow what a fish, congrats Doug!! If you have any leftover tuna steaks, you know where to find me. If you're looking for a Cedar Plug, Daisy Chain, or Tuna Feathers stop by the shop and check out our small selection of tuna basics.

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.


The Dalessi family has one heck of a year hunting here in California and out of state. This week they traveled to Montana for an Antelope Hunt. Rylan continued his amazing year by taking his first Antelope buck at 293 yards with his 6.5 PRC. The next day it was Mom's turn, and Suzy made quick work on another beautiful buck from 285 yards with the 6.5 PRC. Excellent shooting! We think they have a great shooting coach, good job Nick.

Rylan with his buck, and Suzi with hers.

With Duck Season just around the corner, we have a good selection of waterfowl supplies in. Last week we received a small order of 12ga #2 and #4 shot in from Winchester. If you need ammo don't wait, as its going to be another year of small orders of steel shot coming into our shop. We have a small variety of other loads as well, come down and check it out in the gun shop. If you're looking for a new duck call, we have a good variety of calls from simple Primos and Haydel calls to high end acrylic calls from Delta, and Echo. We have all your decoy needs from decoy bags to single 4oz decoy weights.

We would like to give a shout out for our local Ducks Unlimited Chapter. They are holding their annual fundraiser dinner event on November 5th. Their dinner is always great time, and a great cause for waterfowl habitat and much more. Get all your info on the flyer below or call 707-337-4761 for more info. This dinner is usually a sale out, so don't wait get your tickets now, and we hope to see you there.

Deals of the Week

If you're looking for great deals on Sleeping Bags, Tents, and sleeping pads check out our clearance section. We have some items close to 65% off. The sleeping bags are $19.97 to $34.97, super low prices. There is also a few pairs of hunting and hiking boots left over at below cost prices to move.

We have a big Sale going on Simms discontinued waders and wading boots. Huge savings on a great product. Come down and check them out.

If you are part of the Sweeneys Catch Happy Loyalty club this week we have a great deal for you. Come down and mention this report and take 25% of any Beckman Net.

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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