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Spring Outdoor Experiences and Fishing Reports

What's New in the Shop?

Let's start with a happy announcement. We finally got some Live Grass Shrimp. Grab some and elevate your weekend striper and sturgeon fishing experience.

If you are a Large Mouth Bass fisherman you'll be pleased to learn that we are expanding our bass section by adding display square footage and tons of new products. Check it out next time you are in the shop.


Live Bait Inventory Update

  • Grass Shrimp!

  • Live Pile Worm

  • Medium Minnows

  • XL Minnows


First cast:

The weekend is almost here, and it's the perfect time to plan your next outdoor adventure! May is a fantastic month for both fishing and other outdoor activities. Fishing can be the main event, but it doesn't have to be your only goal. Consider backpacking with an ultralight fishing pole at Henry Coe Park. The park boasts fantastic fishing, with largemouth bass, green sunfish, crappie, and bluegill in its lakes and ponds. Additionally, elusive rainbow trout can be found in its stream waters.

Challenging Backcountry Fishing

However, Henry Coe Park's lakes and creeks aren't accessible by car. The terrain is rugged and challenging, demanding a significant investment of time and effort for most backcountry fishing ventures. To reach more remote areas beyond the easily accessible Bass Pond and Frog Lake, you'll encounter significant elevation changes.

The Call to Adventure

Writing about these adventures reignites my own desire to explore Henry Coe this spring. Perhaps you feel the same pull? If you are an experienced backpacker interested in learning to fish and catching your own dinner, let me know! Perhaps I will put together a hosted backpacking trip with a few like-minded folks.


Second cast:

Master the Napa River: Exclusive Striper Trolling Clinic

An Intimate Gathering for Discerning Anglers

If you own a boat or are interested in learning effective boat trolling techniques consider signing up for our Napa River Striper Trolling Clinic experience. Our exclusive Napa River Striper Trolling Clinic offers a limited opportunity to learn from the experts and conquer the waters with fellow enthusiasts.

Sharpen Your Skills Under Expert Guidance

Led by Captain Alex, this experience caters to a select group of five boats and five deckhands. This intimate setting ensures personalized instruction and the chance to refine your trolling techniques alongside experienced anglers.


Third cast:

New Arrival: Lamson Liquid & Remix Reels – Elevate Your Fly Fishing Experience!

Cool 😎 new products in the Fly Shop! We just received the latest Lamson/Waterworks reels: the Liquid and Remix. Check out the excellent value 3-Paks in the Liquid series.

We also have the new Extra Small Oros indicators, perfect for a stealthy presentation with small nymphs.

As a fan of Lamson products, I own a Remix 5+ and absolutely love the smooth feel and drag of this lightweight reel. Come visit us and check out these reels today!

Pete, the Fly Golfer.


Fourth cast:

Catch of the month contest. Win a $30 gift card!

Show us your most impressive fishing moment by tagging @sweeneys_sports in your Instagram post or story. The grand prize? A $30 gift card and a feature on our social networks! 🏅.


📸 Cast your entry by sharing your photo and get ready to be a part of our winner's circle on August 30th. 🗓️ Let's make waves together! 🌊


Fishing Reports

Napa River

The striper bite is opening up. We have customers reporting successful bank fishing and trolling trips.

Our team fishes the Napa River weekly and we always find them torlling. Click here for detailed trolling techniques.

Successful bait fishing starts with live bait. If available grab Grass shrimp, Pile Worms, Mudsuckers, and Bullheads and head to the river. You'll have a better chance to get bites and catch fish.

As for the frozen bait, use cut anchovies, sardines, or scented ghost shrimp.

New to bank fishing? Click here for a detailed video on how to fish for striped bass for beginners.

Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa Fishing Report

Trout fishing continues to be red hot. Trolling around Narrows and the Island using Speedy Shiners produces the best results. No flasher is needed. Direct tie the lure onto the swivel and backset 150-200 ft behind the boat. Use 8-10lb line and leaders for better action and to avoid break-offs. The water is still cold enough and these fish are large and feisty.

The successful anglers report fairly fast trolling speeds of 3 to 3.8 mph. Right now both trout and kings are mostly being caught in the top 25 feet of water. Try using Optimizer Junior lures as well. Some folks are reporting great results using both Speedy Shiners and Optimizer Juniors.

It's important to continue trying a variety of colors until you find what the fish are keying in on that day. Here are the 3 mistakes you should avoid and have a better day on the water than I did recently.


As always,

We truly appreciate every time you walk through our doors. Thank you for choosing to spend your hard-earned dollars with us. It's a privilege to be of service.

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