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Napa Outdoor Digest - March 9th, 2023

On today's blog:

  • Fishing Report

  • Fly Shop Rebirth

  • XD - Blowout Sale

  • Bragging Wall

  • Learn to Fish

Napa River Fishing Report

We fished Napa River last night for a few hours. In the first hour, we ran all over, meetering for Sturgeon. Not much luck. We saw a few fish mid-water column and a few on the bottom, but all of them were spread out. Very few fish were around altogether on yesterday's outgoing tide. The water is still too cold for the big bite to open up, so we just anchored in a spot that looked promising, baited our hooks, and let loose.

We had a couple of subtle bites in the first hour. In trying different baits with little to no luck, I decided to tie on a Live Ghost + Pile Worm combo that I picked up here at the shop. Shortly after, I had a healthy 22" Striper on the end of my line! After, we had a few other strong bites before we had to pack up and head back to the dock.

I used a Phenix 805 rod, Avet reel, 40 lb braid, 6 oz pyramid weight on a slider, and a barbless 6/0 sturgeon hook. We fished at a depth of 20 ft.

So this week's winning formula is:

If you are new to fishing and want to learn how to fish for Stripers in Napa River, please consider taking our Beginners Striper Fishing class. It's $40, but you get a $40 Sweeney's gift card at the end of the class. The class is hosted every Thursday, at 2 pm.

Live Bait Update

We currently have Live Ghost Shrimp, Grass Shrimp, and Pile Worms. Expecting another delivery on Friday, March 10th, at 11 am.

Fly Fishing Report

Trinity River Fishing Report

If you don’t mind some weather, the fishing has been awesome on the Trinity lately. Typical steelhead flies such as Rubber Legs, Golden Stones, Squirmy Worms, and Red Copper Johns are working great. They’re bumping the flows on March 15th so now is the time to get out there and chase some steelhead!!

Lower Sacramento River Fishing Report

Fishing has been excellent on the lower sac!! The big big boys and girls are out right now!! Nice hatches of midges, PMD’s and BWO’s are going off around noon. The sucker spawn is still happening and we’re getting them on beads. Smaller flies seem to be what those big trout are looking for right now.

Reported by: Robert George, The Bend Company Fly Fishing, 707-812-4671