Berryessa Lake and Reports

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 78 to 80

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with Sid
    Mon 2020-07-27 22:38
    The Lake Berryessa News
    This past week NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement honored Alfonso and his family at Steele Park. Alfonso's wish was a day spent fishing at the lake and enjoying time with his family. I was honored to take members of his family out fishing and to spend the day with them (see photos). I went out with Bob and he landed some nice bass (see photo). The fishing was off during the day with no signs of activity at all till late evening when the sun started to set and the surface water started to cool down and then the action started. We did much better then the day time. Hopefully the day bite will pick up.
    'til next time...……………………………………..good fishing!!!
    If you have any questions or stories yo would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: it was an honor on my part to grant a mans last wishes died 2 days later they told me he was happy to his last breath and never stopped talking about his fish,

Friday, July 10th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 76 to 778

    Report: Fishing during the day during a full moon was challenging. I went out with Gary who wanted to fish for crappie. Needless to say it was not an easy task!

    We ended up catching a few nice bass. Next morning I took Frank and his two sons out with almost the same results as the day before. this pattern continued through with Mike, Dusty, Tim, and David. When I went out in the evening with Steve we ended up with two limits of five each the biggest bass was about four pounds. Since the fishing was better in the evening that's when I went out for the next few nights and landed limits each time. Fishing in the evening was not only more productive but cooler as well.

    t'll next time...………………………………………………………………………………….good fishing!!!

    If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.



    Tips: keep trying until you find something that works;what worked for me was to fish while the full moon was out

Monday, June 15th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 73-76

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Got to berryessa at about 6:30 and we launched out of Markley. Stayed in the narrows as it was pretty windy and hopped from point to point. Had about 30 fish on darter heads and crankbaits. Most of our fish were all largemouth which was surprising. Our big fish went about 3.5 and was a spot.

    Tips: Wherever there was wind we could usually pick 1-2 off a point within the first couple casts. We would move pretty quickly if it wasn’t “happening”

Monday, June 8th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 76

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fwd: Fishing with Sid. Ok

    Date: June 10, 2020 at 10:41:21 AM PDT
    To: "bestguide@hotmail.comi" <bestguide@hotmail.comi>, The Lake Berryessa News <>
    Subject: Fishing with Sid

    This past Monday I took out Scott and Mark. My game plan was to start on the east side near the ranch house but that quickly changed as we headed out and encountered white caps. I decided to go to the back of the Monticello ski school to be sheltered from the wind. We were in calm water but no fish action. After a while I headed out to the Narrows the wind was still a factor but I tried the first cove by the ranch house and we landed the first bass of the day. We changed from crank bait to worming at that point but no bites. I continued on to the vineyards and still no bites. After about a half hour I headed towards big island hoping our luck would change and it did. Went back to crank bait and Mark caught a nice bass and this began the catching part of the trip. From that point on both Scott and Mark were busy bringing in some nice bass from 2 to 4 pounds. We ended the day with limits and two happy fishermen.

    'til next time...………………………………………………………….good fishing!!!

    If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail,com or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: hard to fish in white caps and wind so we went where we were sheltered good idea but no fish back of ski school near the narrows. we went up the east side to the vineyards with no signs of life and no fish. we went thru white caps until we reached big island water was quitter and we started to catch fish ,call me will tell you the rest of fishing story

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

  • Water Temp: 74-77

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: I took two very nice people to Berryessa yesterday (Tues) and found the fishing to be pretty good for a bluebird, HOT summer day. Luckily, though the water was flat without a hint of a breeze all day, it did have some color to it which I think helped the bite. One of my guests was Clara Ricabal, world record holder (female) for the 7-2 lb spotted bass she caught with me last year at Bullards.Bar. The other was recent Shasta Lake tournament winner Alex Niapas who single handedly put Shasta on the map with his 13+ lb largemouth and 8 lb spotted bass. Yea - everyday stuff at Shasta!!
    I think the two good friends had a nice day with me as we each caught 5 nice bass with Alex spoiling our record with the only dink - LOL!!!

    Alex and I shared the sort-of big fish honors with a spot and largemouth that were just under 3 lbs. If Clara would have just stop catching smallmouth early in the trip - we would have had a bigger limit! But she saved herself at the end of the trip, in the narrows, by catching a really nice,
    quality smallie - a least 2 1/2 lbs. Considering the brutal weather conditions, I was happy with some good action and our best five pushing 14 lbs.

    Tips: I saw little or no bait on the meter which can be common during the post-spawn. We found one big area of bait and small fish that were scattered all over the screen - typical for post-spawn time. I found my best bite on the smaller Yamamoto Chigger Craw (green pumpkin). They were using Senkos and other jig-like baits. As typical post-spawn bites, we found fish at all depths - very shallow to around 25 feet. Talk about scattered!! Makes the guide work too hard!!!

    I guess part of the fun of post-spawn fishing is finding the recovering active feeders and their location (depth). I guess that's fun??

    Good day yesterday - except taking the boat out when it is 100 degrees!!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

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    Water Temp: 74-80F

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got out first thing monday morning to break in the new Ghost trollingmotor. We found them quick by positioning the boat in 14 ft of water on gradually tapered banks near the main lake. We used chatter baits, underspins, and texas rigs to produce the majority of our fish. Chatter bite died as soon as sun got higher and wind simmered down. We moved offshore in the afternoon and continued to catch them on the T-rig and dropshot.

    Tips: It seemed like if we were not around grass or deeper water we would not get bit. The combination of submerged trees, grass, and chunk rock provided the best results. The afternoon fish came in about the same depth however the fish positioned themselves closer to the deeper water or ends of points.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 68 thru 72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with Sid

    Subject: Fishing with Sid

    After many months of waiting to get back on the lake and fish this Memorial Day Weekend was perfect. The weather was ideal the fishing conditions great and just being outdoors was wonderful. With having to be house bound for so long I was eager to get back to what I love to do. I took out my son’s friend Spo (who is like a son to me) the first day out. We had a good time and he limited out with five nice bass. The next day I took Roxanne and Andrew out. It was their twentieth wedding anniversary and they wanted to go for a day of bass fishing. Besides the bass they landed they caught a good size trout (see photo). I think they will do this trip with me yearly they had a great day. My son Henry landed a six pound bass (see photo). I got to take my buddy Albert and his grandson Daniel out on Sunday afternoon and we stayed out till dark. We fished all over the lake and each one of us caught limits of quality bass from 2 1/2 to 4 pounds. It was a really good weekend for fishing and I hope it’ll continue this way through the summer.
    t’ll next time...............................good fishing!!!

    If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.


    Tips: knowledge of the lake helps in finding the good spots
    using scents on your bait attracts more fish, I use Pro-Cure scents

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

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    Water Temp: 68 to 72

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I took a friend from Church and his 9 year old son to Berryessa today. Neither had fished before. I found the bite very spotty and we really had to work to get bites. The boy did very well considering and landed three fish by himself with two of those fish being our biggest fish of the day at about 16 1/2 inches. It was well after lunch before Dad got his only fish and it was the smallest of the day. I spent a lot of time helping, un-sticking, and coaching but I still ended up with somewhere around 15 fish for the day. Good day and we all came home happy! I was there the last time the day before the lake was closed down and water clarity was near 15 ft visibility. Today it was much less clear but very fishable. All fish on soft plastics,.

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 52-54

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: A friend and I hit Berryessa on Friday for about 6 hours and found the bite to be slow, but ok. Several in the 2 1/4 to near 3 lbs - all three species - with some fat smallies! One of my 2 1/2 lb smallies looked like a trophy - tall as she was wide - gorgeous!!! Love this time of year - pre-spawn! We fish the narrows and the lower lake areas - both sides. No hot spots as they were scattered - one here and one there. Best 5 about 12 lbs. We found some on shallow flats near deep water and a few on points.

    Lake was about as gin clear as it gets with the lack of rain. I don't think this weekends rain will change that much as the ground soaks up most of the first rain after any kind of drought - even just a 2 month drought. I usually don't join the Putah Creek crowd, so don't offer info on that area. Gives me more fishing time.

    Tips: Ya might want to use lighter line if we don't get much rain in the future. The sun will be higher each day and water can get really clear in the spring if no runoff. If there is runoff - find the murk or the mudline!! I did try some crankbaits and usually do well this time of year, but not this trip. Water is warming - slowly.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

  • Water Temp: 56

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got out to fish this nice weather, got on about 7:30am hooked up within 30 with a deep diving crank. Another next cast with a Little Dipper. Fish are definitely up, seems like there targeting beds looking for somewhere to spawn. Rest of fish on dropshot which made those first two bites a tease. I’m sure this cold front storm will throw them off but might be a tough tourney this weekend.

    Tips: Wear your sunblock

Friday, January 31st, 2020

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    Water Temp: 52 to 56 degrees

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: After last weeks "blowout" at Oroville with only one bite, we hit Berryessa today and did some better. I had my first fish on my first cast, a smallie, but it slowed down from there. We stayed pretty much in the narrows today and I ended with six bass with no size. Buddy Doug ended the day with just two. We found bait both shallow and deep but could not get them to bite. All eight of our fish came from less than 20 ft., with the shallowest at about 8 to 10 feet.

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

  • Report: To all club members

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    Thu 2019-11-21 15:15

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    It is with great sadness to let you all know of the death of BILL SCOTT husband of Stephanie Scott. Owner of:
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    3710-Balboa St.
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    Gus’ has been an institution in the fishing community forever.

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Saturday, November 16th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 59

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Bite was not on for today, conditions seemed great the overcast, light breeze. Surface temp is lower than I prefer but was expecting to find more active fish feeding before it gets too cold, trout are very active fish chasing bait on the surface every spot I fished. One smallmouth on a jig and one spot on dropshot. Fished from 6-2 an called it

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 61-64

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I guided two older gentlemen at Berryessa on Thursday. We found the fishing - "dead calm without a hint of a breeze." Normal for Berry lately! Finally some clouds the next day. I don't say much about my clients, respecting privacy. But one of them the most senior I have ever guided -- 90 +
    and could cast like he was mid 20's - no kidding!!! And he set the table, catching a keeper bass on his first cast!! I have now "seen it all" as a 36 yr guide!! We moved around the lake quite a bit and found the very clear water everywhere. Really couldn't find any big schools of bait fish, though we only went up to mid-lake. We wound up with several nice bass of all three species. Biggest was 2 3/4 lbs. We were drop-shotting Robo worms and dart heading Yamamoto grubs. Best 5 only about 10 pounds.

    Tips: Whatever tip I have, yours is probably better. We did find a lot of bass in the wood on the east side and did well in the afternoon. Maybe should have tried topwater there in the early morning!

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 63-67 F

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Got out to the lake this past Sunday hadn't fished up there in months was hoping the fall feed would be on! Water temps were still a little high but definitely some packs of schooling fish chasing bait. Started off the day on an off-shore hump in about 15-25' of water dragging a small underspin and caught a few dinks then decided to get on the big motor and idle around and do some graphing.

    Found a pretty large school of largemouth out in about 45-55' and went to work spooning. Caught about 8-9 largemouth (up to 3lbs) out of there in rapid succession then before I knew it they were gone and I couldn't get on top of them again in the general vicinity.

    By this time it was about noon and it was starting to warm up so I decided to try and start running some bank and fishing shallow with a weightless fluke. Caught a couple small ones here and there not too much action though.

    Went over to the vineyards and that seemed to be the juice. Was fishing pretty shallow 3-6 feet fishing fluke pretty fast and erratic. Caught some more largies up to about 2.75 lbs. Had one big mama come out from under a half submerged bush but she wouldn't eat it. Circled back to the same bush about 15 minutes later with a popper and she blasted it. Some schools of bass running/busting on bait through the Vineyards also were easy to pick off if you could get your bait to them

    Overall a solid day, Was catching fish in 3' down to 50'. They seem to be all over the place still.

    Tips: Most of the bait i was seeing was micro in size, .5"-1" in size.

Friday, September 27th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 75-79

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Amazing day at Berryessa yesterday - and not in a good way! My client, who is an excellent bass fisherman, and I stared out in areas near the dam with no results. We went further up the narrows and found a nice, deep point. We threw topwater and soon I had a vicious hit and after a major tussle, landed a 3 + lb spotted bass. This is going to be THE day!! Not so!!! We drop-shotted a dink, then headed for the main body where my previous trips had worked out well. I stared looking for the bait that had been everywhere in previous trips - filling the screen of my HDS 12. NO bait here, NO bait there, NO bait anywhere!!! Moved around quite a bit - still NO bait. And, no bites. Couldn't believe it. He finally did catch a small bass. Hard to remember a trip that tough after the overall good September. The thrill of the day was getting across the main body after the cold front wind hit about 2 pm. Wow, that lake with all the open water, like Clear Lake, can get nasty in a matter of minutes. Only speared one wave - highlight of the day

    Tips: Obviously, the bait made a fall move and we didn't make the same move - I guess. We got a few spoon bites but missed 'em. As we moved back to the narrows in the afternoon, we did see a little more bait on the meter. Bait could be moving towards the north end of the lake

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 78-82

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I took my first-ever (I think) clients from Iowa, who wanted to fish Lake Berryessa while they were in the area. A wonderful husband/wife couple who has been traveling around the country. She read - he fished!! I always wish the fishing would be tip-top for out-of-state visitors. Actually - it wasn't bad! If Berryessa wouldn't go dead-flat calm in the fall afternoons, the morning bite would continue. After 1 pm the lake was like a pane of glass! But the morning was breezy and the bite was on - sorta. We drop-shotted Robo worms in shad and morning dawn colors until about 11 am and then switched to spooning with Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz spoons mostly in the morning dawn color. Around noon he hooked the big-un of the days at 3 1/4 lbs - a nice spotted bass!! We had a few dinks, but most were 2 1/4 to 3 lbs - all three species! His best five - around 12 or 13 lbs.

    Tips: We started early out of Markley Cove and fished shadow areas in the narrows. We went thru a tough stretch, losing several quality bass. Just think they weren't aggressive early since we saw NO topwater action - only a dink or two. Our spoon bite was interesting as we found the most active bass closer to the bank than I expected. That's where the bait was. Didn't find many schools of bait far offshore as we usually do. Most were in 20 to 35 feet - close to Big Island and the west side. Interesting that we didn't find many huge schools of bait. Last week they were everywhere!! Fall fishing is here at Berryessa - hunt bait - fish. Hunt bait - fish!!

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 84

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I took a friend out for a short evening/night trip. Bite was very slow - probably because of the heat, We did catch a good largemouth about 8 pm that went 5 1/2 lbs. We caught a few in the 2 - 2 1/2 lb range. After dark a 3 lb spotted bass and another largemouth just under 6 lbs. The two night fish hit the usual 7 inch black Berkley Power worm. Our best five were close to 20 lbs. Quality bass fishing but not quantity this trip. Saw lots of fish on the meter from 20 to 40 feet, assuming many were bass. I think the sudden heat spell slowed the bite.

    Tips: Topwater didn't work with the sudden heat. I guess that was the problem. It was strange to catch one of the big largemouth during the first 10 minutes of the trip on a hot evening. We were fishing evening shadows on a deep wall. Overall, I really think the sudden hot days that were late this year might have the bass a little disoriented. Even after a few hours of dark, the fish were not active as they were on my night trip two week ago. Warmer water with dark of the moon probably the reasons. Yet, bigger bass were biting. So - that's bass fishing - something different every trip!! That's why we keep coming back ---right??

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

  • Water Temp: 80-83

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: I fished Berryessa on Sunday at possibly the worst time of the day, 9:30am to 3pm. Busy with my imminent move to the east coast, I couldn't pick a more optimum time. Us weekend warriors have to make do with the time we have.

    It was a hard bite for me, I searched shallow along Putah Creek and Schoolhouse Island area with no luck. I picked up 4 keepers 30+ feet deep with a drop shot. All of them came from one point. One of them at least was a nice 3lb 18inch long spot. He hit hard and fought hard. After 12pm it was like the entire lake shut down. I couldn't find ANY fish up Putah. Berryessa is like that for me sometimes, as in all the fish seem to vanish. My graph was showing empty much of the day.

    In hindsight I should've run around more, graphed more areas, tried to locate schools of fish. But hey, sometimes you just want to lazily put a line in water, fish be damned.

    Another confounding factor was that the pleasure boats and the jet skiers were out in full force today. Driving by Capell it looked packed, and by the time I recovered the boat, Putah Creek Campground was also full. There was one jackass jet skier that rode way too close to my boat. He then peeled off and did the same to another boater fishing. Then he did it again to some shore fisherman. He was staring us all down and made a fist or something. Be safe out there guys, there's a lot of idiots on the water this time of the year. Interestingly enough I only saw 1 or 2 other bass boats. The rest were smarter than me and probably were waiting for the evening.

    Tips: Well for starters don't fish the time I fish. There's a reason why reports recently have been at night. If you must, you'll have to run around to try and find them. Generally speaking bass either go deep or REALLY shallow during the hot deep summer days. I haven't had any luck really shallow, but Greg Blanchard put out a youtube video and he got some shallow. If you fish deep most likely they'll be at least 30 feet deep. Again, this is middle of the day, at night they seem to move up shallower, chasing shad back into the coves or creeks.

    Once again, the googan baits drag n' drop did the trick. I used the morning dawn color. Don't get me wrong I love roboworms but it's good to switch it up every now and then. I've been using Gamakatsu finesse worm hooks to t rig my worms in my dropshot setup, but decided to try the Owner down shot offset worm hooks. Very impressive, sharp, slim profile, and all the fish were hooked well.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

  • Water Temp: 80 plus

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Fishing with sid

    This past week I took Al and his son Jon out for the day. The first two hours of fishing were a little disappointing. We caught many fish but none were keepers. We fished the east side from the ranch house to the vineyards. After an hour of worming the bass were still small so we headed toward big island on the west side hoping to hit some bigger fish. Sure enough we started to hit bigger bass. At the end of the day we ended up with a couple of nice limits (see photos). The following day I went out with Patrick following the same routine as yesterday but the bite was better and the bass were bigger (see photo). The fishing is great at this time and the weather perfect.;data=02%7C01%7C%7C92aa5d49a971417d01dd08d70a4159b0%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636989148096033357&amp;sdata=Ci2ZMjgXY%2Fdgj02tZEH4bTNVTyCPdrEeEn3Bk30QoHs%3D&amp;reserved=0 If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a guided fishing trip please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.

    Tips: looking to go out for a full day of fishing next week will try many ways to catch bass.