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Napa Fishing and Outdoor Report - September 15th, 2022

This Week at Sweeney's

In this newsletter:

  • Chad's Fishing Report

  • Hunting Update

  • BIG Clearance Sale on Summer Items

  • Gun Shop News (follow the link below)

Let's get started!

Napa River

The Napa River continues to be the best bet for our local waters. The Striper bite is wide open throughout the river. Bank anglers are experiencing great action on schoolies with keeper size thrown in the mix. As always anchovies and sardines are the bait of choice. Live bait like mudsuckers, and bullheads or our jumbo minnows are working well for bigger fish. We will try to keep a decent supply of jumbo minnows in stock this fall, come bye and pick some up. Trolling and casting Rattle Traps, LV 500's, and broken backs continues to produce stripers. Cooler temps this week will just keep that bite rolling along, Wow it's been a great couple of months of striper action, get out there and experience the action. Need some help locating and catching some stripers, drop by the shop and talk with Tom or Chad for some pointers.

Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa still has a decent trout and king salmon bite going on! Some limits of trout are being caught with a few big kings mixed in. Trollers are finding fish in 40-90 ft spread out in all the favorite south end spots. Anglers are reporting finding a ton of bait! Find the bait and find the fish! Try trolling larger profile lures like Speedy Shiners, Kastmasters, Needlefish, or Rapalas. Come by and chat with Austin and get up to date info to help you catch fish. Our guys hit Berryessa this week with some success, see their story in this week's report. Bass fishing still remains a tough task. I wish I had a better report here, but anglers that are pounding the water are only catching a few fish if any. The cooler temps will really help the bite.

Join Austin and Alex as they fished Berryessa on Tuesday. The guys are super excited to fish a brand new (to them) North River 20 ft Sea Hawk. She is the newest addition to the Catch Happy family. Her new name is "Catch Happy HQ". Thank you, Brian!


Clearlake, well low water levels and the extreme heat from last week has all but killed the summertime bite up there for now. The low water conditions is making it very interesting to even get on the water. The most recent report still had the launch at 5th street still open, and the public launch down in the Oaks open. However, due to low water levels and water quality concerns, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has canceled all bass tournaments here through October. Probably look to the Delta or Berryessa for all your bass needs.

The hot tuna bite continued out of Fort Bragg. As most of you know Tom had an incredible adventure last week toping it off with a Giant Big Eye tuna and several albacore. As I write this report Tom is back up there trying to duplicate the catch from last week. Hopefully we have another story of success. Come by and get the scoop from Tom, Sunday through Tuesday. We had several customers head up to Fort Bragg this week with a ton of success, but one of our favorites Dave Douma had a GREAT day this week. Him and his crew landed several Albacore, Big Eye, and a Mahi-mahi. Congrats to Dave!!

Dave Douma

The Salmon bite has slowed down off our coast, but there is still fish to be caught. Anglers are still reporting catching limits but working hard for their fish. As the Salmon start to make a major push up the rivers, the ocean bite will slow down. This week we got our first reports of Salmon being caught off Benicia. It's time to start throwing spinners off the Benicia shore lines. We carry a wide variety of heavy spinners perfect for this bite. As the Salmon come up in our river some anglers will have hook ups while fishing for Stripers. Just remember that our river falls under all ocean regulations for Salmon. Single barbless hooks on all your lures if your targeting Salmon. If you get that incidental hook up on your Striper lures just make sure to release that Salmon.

Outdoor Reports

Deer season is in full swing in Northern Ca. Our local A zone is open through September 25th, and the B and C zones open their general season this coming weekend. Our local hunters are experiencing a pretty good season so far. Reports of acorns hitting the ground and signs of an early rut are getting our hunters excited. As the rut starts up, one of the best tactics is to use Blacktail in heat scents to fool that weary buck. We carry a product called Moccasin Joe Blacktail Deer Doe in Heat, give it a try. We have all your deer hunting needs in stock, deer bags, knives, scents, and camo clothing. The last week of the season should be a good one, send me some pics and stories. Success found one of our local young hunters, Abigal Frye of Napa shot her first buck. Patience and a perfect shot paid off for her on a beautiful buck, congrats to her and her family!! I know that will provide them with plenty of steaks and burgers, yum!!!

Abigal Frye

Abigal FryeDuck Season is coming, we are starting to see some gear coming in. This week we received waders from Frogg Toggs, and apparel from Browning and Banded. Look for more duck hunting supplies to come in the next month. As new product comes in, we have to make room, so some of our summertime goods are marked down to move out. This week we are cutting prices on all our footwear from Frogg Toggs, take advantage of 50% off flip flops and water shoes. Also, all water boards and kayaks and accessories are 50% off. Keep checking out our discount area for great savings.

This week at Gun Shop

*List does not reflect all in-stock ammo*

Trijicon MRO

Sig Sauer P229 Elite 9mm



Its here!!!



New Ammo In-Stock

Browning BPR Performance Rimfire

Hollow Point

40gr 1435 FPS


Federal 12ga 2.75” #7.5

Migra 12ga 3” Blended #2/BB

Nosler 7mm Rem Mag 150gr

Lead Free

New Firearms

Sig Sauer P229 9mm

Kimber Stainless II .45 ACP

Kimber Custom II .45 AC

Sig Sauer P220 .45ACP

CZ P-01 9mm

10% Off All Christensen Arms Rifles!!!

Benelli Super Nova 12ga




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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