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Napa Outdoor Digest - July 13th, 2023

On today's blog:

  • Fishing Report

  • Fly Fishing Update for Putah Creek

  • Weekly Sale Specials

  • New Seminars

Napa Fishing Report

Napa River

Napa River striper fishing has been decent over the last week. Anglers are finding schools of fish throughout the river main and in the sloughs. Many are undersized schoolies, but we are seeing 20+ inch fish caught at a rate of about four shakers to one keeper.

The water is still fairly stained, so use loud rattletraps and white swimbaits. Over the last few weeks, the largest stripers and sturgeon were caught using live bait - Ghost Shrimp, Grass Shrimp, and Bullheads.

For bank fishing, use cut anchovies. Or, catch your own live bait using red worms and a bobber setup near banks and in small inlets.

This week we fished Sea Ranch from the bank and got a lot of bites from schoolies. I walked up to the Cuttings Warf dock and saw George pick up a nice 17-incher on cut sardine.

They are out there. You won’t catch if you don’t have lines in the water.

Lake Berryessa

Kokanee fishing is still sporadic and landlocked king salmon action has slowed down a bit. Troll speedy shiners behind a dodger at a depth of 30-70 feet. Another option is to troll anchovies behind a bright-colored dodger using a Pro-Troll Roto Chip electronic bait holder. The Narrows is the best place to start, but you may have to cover some water to find them. The trout bite is fair.

The algae bloom that is occurring right now dispersed the bait and the fish is scattered. You’ll have to put in some work to find them. As the bloom disperses, fishing should improve significantly over the coming weeks.

Check out the video report by JIGIT, fishing for kings in Lake Berryessa. If you hit a slow day and can't get hookups trolling, run anchovies with and without flashers and try zig-zag pattern vs. trolling in a straight line.

Northern California Fishing Report

Here is Alang Fong Outdoors latest fishing report. Always excellent info from Alan.

Stop by the shop for the latest gear, intel, and bait.

Napa Fly Fishing Report

Putah Creek Fishing Report

7-13-23 Flows 561 CFS

The creek is fishing Fair to Slow

No reports this week. Road is open with single lane stop signals below pullout #3 where the road was washed out. BWO—Hogan’s S&Ms, FB Pheasant tails, Quilldigon, May it be, micro may, juju baetis….#18-20 Midges—--WD-40, zebra midge, jujubee midge….#20-22 Adams #16 or Elk Hair Caddis #14-16. Streamers along the edges may be worth a shot Sculpzilla, Near Nuff Sculpin. San Juan and Squirmy worms.

Free Fly Casting Clinic for Beginners

Fly Fishing 101 Seminar

Simplify the learning curve. Demo rod, reel, line types and their applications, rigging techniques, simple knot tying, Demonstrate gear options, and streamside accessories. Intro to flies and imitations that catch fish. Get set up for a successful day of fishing. Practice casting, teach rod actions and casting mechanics.

Learn to fish for Stripers and Sturgeon in Napa River.

Do you know anyone looking to learn how to bank fish Napa River for stripers and sturgeon? Check out our newest hands-on fishing class, hosted Thursdays and Fridays at the river bank.

This class is designed for anyone who is interested in learning how to bank fish for sturgeon and striper on the Napa River. No experience is necessary. Kids are welcome!

Topics Covered

-How to target sturgeon and striper on the Napa River

-The different types of gear used for bank fishing for sturgeon and striper on the Napa River -The basics of bank fishing techniques for sturgeon and striper on the Napa River

-The ethics and regulations of bank fishing for sturgeon and striper on the Napa River

Hands-on Practice This class is hosted on location, at Napa River bank. A 30-minute initial instruction will follow by actual fishing under the instructor's supervision.

Weekly Sale Specials

Check out our weekly specials both in the Outdoor and Gun Shop departments!

Click below to watch a short video:

  • P-LINE C21 MONO CLEAR 15 LB 300 YDS #C21F-15 Reg $6.49 Sale $3.97

  • Rage R35500 trypan Reg $49.99 Sale $19.97

  • Velvet Antler Technologies Blood Remover 12 FL OZ Reg $19.99 Sale $9.97

  • Flying Fisherman Teaser Sun Glasses Reg $24.95 Sale $16.97

  • Raptor trick 100 2-inch cutting diameter Reg $46.99 Sale $23.97

  • HORNADY 45 CAL BULLETS 325GR FTX Reg $49.9 Sale $36.97

  • STOEGER M3000 12GA 19" Reg $699.00 Sale $599.97

  • CHRISTENSEN ARMS MESA TI .308 WIN 22 IN GRY Reg $1,899.99 Sale $1,599.97

  • HAWKE LRF 1000 HIGH 0-LED 6x21 RANGE FINDER Reg $249.99 Sale $189.97

Live Bait Update

We are working with our suppliers to get live bait into the shop. We'll update our social media as soon as we have it.


30% OFF Archery Sale

Everything must go! While supplies last. The sale includes the remaining bows in stock and all of the accessories, including arrows, rests, releases, etc.



New Fishing Classes

New Firearms Training Classes

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