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Napa Fishing and Outdoor Report - October 6th, 2022

Fishing Report, Hunting/Outdoor Update, Deals of the Week, and Gun Shop News

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Ryan Cole with his Giant Texas Whitetail. Come down to the shop and get the full story from Ryan , most Thursdays and Fridays when he is not hunting. Congrats!!!

Fishing Report

Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa continues with the hot bite on Kings and Rainbow trout. Cooler temps overnight and mornings have really started to cool off the water temps, helping this bite keep trucking along. If you are looking for the opportunity to catch some nice kings head up to the lake. Trolling on the south end of the lake in 40'-80' with a variety of spoon and spinners seems to be the ticket. Use bigger profile spoons for the kings. Lures like Speedy Shiners, Kastmaster, and Rapalas are working well. The Fall Bass bite is really starting to improve! Right now you can cover water shallow looking for grass beds or go offshore and spoon around bait balls. The shallow water bite with spinnerbaits, LV500, underspins, and chatterbaits can produce some good action. The lake is loaded with bait balls right now. Anglers that are using their electronics are finding bait throughout the lake, and spooning are really getting them. Come down to the shop and chat with Austin for all the King Salmon techniques.

Napa River

The Napa River striper bite looks to have slowed down a little bit. However, the bite is still decent to good. I heard that the bank fisherman experienced a slowdown over the weekend, with less fish being caught and fewer keepers. Cut Anchovies and Sardines as usual are the top cut bait of choice. The boat anglers trolling and casting also saw a slowdown, but when you find the fish, you can catch them pretty good. I talked with one of our customers this week, and he reported that he found a school of stripers at a mouth of one of the sloughs, (undisclosed secret spot) that provided nonstop action for almost an hour. So, search around and don't stay too long if you're not getting bites. Spro Aruku Shad, Lucky Craft LV500, River2Sea Swimbaits, and Keitechs continue to be the baits of choice out there. We are getting reports of a few Salmon out there as well, as this is the time of year, we get a small run up our river. Throwing spinners upriver, or any of the levees breaks, and sloughs can produce kings. Large #5 Blue Fox spinners, and Mepps Flying C's are the best bet. Anglers using a 3-4oz jig can also have success jigging the deeper holes in the main river. Just remember that our river falls under the ocean regulation, so make sure your lures have barbless single hooks if you are targeting Salmon. Please send your pictures to, or just reply to this email. Alex and Austin fished the river last week, this is how they did.

This week's video


The hunting season is in full swing right now. We have customers hunting in Northern California, and many heading out to their out-of-state destinations. Deer, Elk, and Bear hunting has been very good to some of our customers this year. One of our customers Rick Rosa had an amazing hunt for Tule Elk up at Lake Pillsbury. Rick first off won the lottery when he drew this coveted tag. There are only 2 bull tags for this area, and with good luck and max points Rick hit the jackpot when he drew this tag. Rick put in the work with multiple scouting trips, looking for a mature bull. With help from his entire family Rick experienced his dream hunt and harvested a heavy horned 7x7 old warrior. We are all so pumped for Rick for not only drawing a once in a lifetime hunt but putting in the work and harvesting a trophy of a lifetime on his terms. What a great hunt, congrats!!! Also wanted to give a shout out to Mike hunter, Nick Dalessi and Mike Young for having a great high mountain mule deer hunt in Wyoming's Region G. Although all three are coming home with saddle sores, they are coming home with beautiful bucks too. These three guys are not only great customers, but friends of the shop and we couldn't be happier for them. Although we are super jealous, congrats!!! Duck Season is right around the corner, opening day is October 22nd. Looks like the start of the season is going to be full of challenges, all caused from the lack of water. Most of the refugees in the Sacramento Valley will have closures and limited hunting for the first part of the season. With no water, many of our customers that have blinds in the duck clubs will also face the same problems. We need rain big time. Until then much of the hunting will be done on dry ground for geese or hunting in all waters attached to the Bay and Delta. This includes all of the Suisun Marsh/Grizzley Island areas, and the Napa-Sonoma Marsh lands. We are very lucky to have these areas so close by. Here at the shop we are fully stocked up on Duck hunting supplies. We are getting in Waterfowl Steel Shot loads when we can. This week we received a few cases of Winchester 3" #4 , and we hope to be receiving some #2 shot soon. If you need ammo don't wait, buy it now as the supply chain looks weak again. We also received some duck decoys in this week as well. Mallard, Teal, Widgeon, and Pintail are all in stock. We also have all of our remaining goose decoys on sale. We have snow and speck floaters, and some full body snow goose decoys still available.

Mike Young

Mike Hunter

Nick Dalessi

Great Deals

This week at the shop we will be offering a 10% discount on all fishing waders and wading boots, and a 20% discount on SIMMS Tributary wading boots. Mention this report to get your discount. In the Archery Department, we will be offering a 10% discount on all of our recurve bows. Great time to save a little on an upcoming Christmas gift.

Recurve bows 10% off

Simms Tributary Boots 20% off

Waders and boots 10% off

Waterfowl Hunting Gea

Simms Flyweight Stockingfoot waders originally $549.99 now on blowout sale for $329.99

Simms Headwater BOA wading boots originally $199.95 now $119.97

This week at Gun Shop

New Basic Handgun Training

We are excited to announce that we are now offering a "Basic Firearms Safety and Handling" class at Sweeney's Sports. Click the link below to get details from our blog.

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

Sig Sauer RM400 Tread

Taurus 856 Defender .38 Special


Hevi-Shot Hammer

12ga 3” #2 & #4




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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