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Napa Outdoor Digest - June 29th, 2023

On today's blog:

  • Fishing Report

  • Fly Fishing Update for Putah Creek

  • Live Bait update

  • New Seminars

Napa Fishing Report

Napa River

Napa River striper fishing is picking up. 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. Not bad, and the action is good. Be aware of the wind. It has been blowing quite a bit over the last 7-10 days, but the forecast is looking good for the weekend. There will be a lot of fish caught over the next few days. The bay and tributaries are absolutely packed with stripers, and they are starting to make their way upriver.

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 and frozen grass shrimp. There is something about the grass shrimp that works really well right now. See below for details on our live bait update.

For bank fishing, use cut anchovies. Or, catch your own live bait using worms and a bobber setup. Mud suckers are a striper candy.

Lake Berryessa

Bass anglers are still doing well tracking and fishing around the bait balls. Kokanee fishing is still sporadic, but our landlocked king salmon are doing great. 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 fairly decent as well. The lake is just starting to produce, and it's improving every week.

Check out the video report by JU Nation fishing for kings in Lake Berryessa. If you hit a slow day and can't get hookups trolling, like JU and the team above, head into the coves and use shad-colored lures to entice crappie and bluegill to bite around structures. You'll get action, and dinner!

Here's another good video by JIGIT fishing. They did well fishing for kings that day, and they've got lots of good tips in their video.

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

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.

Putah Creek Fishing Report

6-29-23 Flows 535 CFS

The creek is fishing Slow

Flows fluctuating between 440-540 cfs. Only report this week said creek is fishing slow. Again some anglers love these technical challenges and higher flows ;-)

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.

Live Bait Update

Medium and Large Minnows are in stock. Waiting to hear from your live bait supplier on Grass Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, and Pile Worm availability. We expect Live Grass Shrimp delivery on 1pm tomorrow (6/30/23)


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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