A quick heads-up on river fishing dates. Full-time river guide Kevin Brock (800-995-5543) will be targeting king salmon on the Sacramento River.
He started Thursday and will continue Sunday. On Oct. 3-6, he will be back on the Klamath River, then from Oct. 7-31 he will be back fishing the Feather and Sacramento rivers for kings.
So far, 2011 has been the best river salmon fishing season in my 35 years of California angling. Don’t miss it.
November will put him on the Delta trolling for stripers. Then in December, he will start his winter floats on the mighty Smith River for big wild steelhead.
We’re booked for Jan. 5-6. I’m setting my sights on breaking the river record weight of 27 pounds in 2012. Yep, it can be done — one caught last winter weighed close to 26 pounds.
Chico State’s college bass club team of Nicholas Carrico and Matthew Wetmore won the National Guard FLW college bass club tournament on Clear Lake Saturday. They beat all the other Western Division entrants with a 5-fish bag weighing 20 pounds, 10 ounces. The winning purse was $10,000 — $2,500 to the school and $7,500 for the bass fishing club.
Placing second and third were Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Monterey Bay; their total payouts were $3,000 and $2,000.
Next up for the top five finalists will be the regional event at Lake Saguaro, Mesa, Ariz., on Nov. 17-19.
What a nice way to continue your interest in fishing while getting your college education.
Clear Lake II
Leslie Wilks and I fished for bass with pro guide Bob Myskey (349-4460) Tuesday. Under partly cloudy skies with air temperature at 79 degrees and water at 71, Bob put us on 27 largemouth bass that included 11 keeper size fish.
Leslie, from St. Helena, was top rod on her first ever bass trip. She caught the most bass and biggest at 4 pounds. She stayed on natural colored Senkos all day. I rotated among a drop shot, Spook, Skitter Pop and a locally-made swimbait.
The best news of the day — we caught and released 16 small bass, from all over the lake. This bodes well for the years ahead. Bob said that he has never seen such a good count of these 6- to 9-inch fish at Clear Lake.
Pleasant fall weather and plenty of stripers call us all to the river bank. While they are small, good numbers of hard-fighting striped bass are falling for live bait like bullheads and mudsuckers. Get a bucket of them at Sweeney’s Sports (255-5544) on Imola Avenue and take the kids out for a day.
Who knows? That interest in fishing might get them started toward a college bass club scholarship.
Volunteer opportunities at Napa River RCD
Here are three programs well-suited to important and rewarding volunteer activity on the Napa River:
• Rainfall — daily records using a rainfall gauge
• Water quality — one hour a week, use of wet chemistry kits and field meters
• Streamflow — during storm events, using wire weights and stream gauges
The calmer fall winds make this Captain Barry Canevaro’s favorite season on the Delta. On Sunday, aboard his “Fish ‘n’ Fool IV,” clients scored 13 stripers trolling the west bank of the Sac from Decker Island down to Broad Slough.
Best action on fish up to 10 pounds came an hour or two into the incoming tide. On Monday, fishing below Pittsburg in 18 feet of water, Barry said they “had a real good day.”
Outgoing tide was best for keeper stripers to 7 pounds.
The “Fish ’n’ Fool IV” is a custom-rigged “six-pack” — fishing just six anglers.
It’s the perfect family or “best buds” outing. Think of it as your own boat for a day, but let Barry do all the work.
Call him at (916) 777-6498 to book a trip.
Remember the sturgeon bite will also crank up again, soon.