Napa County, Northern California

Lake Berryessa Fishing

Fishing at Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa's is home to a variety of fish, including catfish, Chinook and kokanee salmon, brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, spotted bass, and bluegill. Waterskiers dominate the center of the lake during the summer, but the many long side channels offer plenty of good places for anglers to fish.

Where to Fish on Lake Berryessa

For those fishing from the shore, the inlets are great places to start. Capell Cove and Steel Canyon Inlet are known as productive locations, as well as the areas adjacent to Big and Small Islands. If you're after catfish, a popular spots are the Putah Creek Inlet, Pope Creek Inlet, and north of the northern bridge.

Those trolling the lake have had a lot of success at the southern end near the dam, in Markley Cove, in Wragg Canyon Inlet, and along the Narrows. The Portuguese Point area has been another place where the fishing has been good. Also around Big Island.

Much More Below

Which Baits and Lures Work the Best?

Lake Berryessa Fishing Guide Services

Lake Berryessa Fishing Supplies

Map of Lake Berryessa

DFG Fish Panting

The DFG planted trout at Lake Berryessa on a regular schedule every year. Fish Planting Schedule

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish at Lake Berryessa?


Crank Baits and Rip Baits, Rapala Ultra Light Minnow,
Crank Baits, Frogs, Senkos, Plastic Worms, Zara Spooks

Trout and Salmon

Troll with Needlefish, also try Silver Spoons or Salmon Eggs, Hum Dingers


Small Minnows


Nightcrawlers, Crayfish, Chicken Livers, Minnows, Clams



YouTube Videos of Fishing at Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa: How's the Fishing, landing a 3 pound bass (2:30).
Kokanee Fishing at Lake Berryessa, includes underwater shots (5:53).

Lake Berryessa Guide Services

Keith Clow Guide Service
Clearlake Oaks, CA
(707) 998-1921
6-time Western States Tournament Champion, specializing in Lake Berryessa, Clear Lake, and the Delta. Keith uses a tournament ready 20' Triton Bass Boat.

Rich Thiel: Cal Bass Guide
(925) 684-2064 or (510) 289-3748
Over 29 years of experience fishing professionally in California. Specializes in Lake Berryessa, Clear Lake, and the Delta. Fully equipped 18.5-foot Ranger Bass Boat.

Fishing Connection
(650) 583-3333
Sidney Silberberg specializes in fishing Lake Berryessa.


Larry Hemphill Fishing Guide & Instructor
Yuba City, CA
(530) 674-0276
Website: Larry Hemphill
Larry Hemphill has been fishing Northern California lakes for bass since 1962. 20' Ranger Bass Boat

T-Roy's Guide Service
Dixon, CA (707) 372-7599
Website: T-Roy's Guide Service
T-Roy specializes in fishing Lake Berryessa in a fully covered 2003 North River Commander. More than 25 years of experience fishing Central and Northern California lakes.

Bono's Putah Creek Fly Fishing Guide Service
Dixon, CA
(800) 480-5285 or (707) 480-3809
Website: Putah Creek Fly Fishing
Greg Bonovich has more than 20 years of experience fishing Putah Creek from Lake Berryessa downstream to Winters. Putah Creek is a classic tailwater fishery.

Fishing Resources:

Lake Berryessa Area
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Berryessa Sporting Goods
115 E. Grant St., Winters, CA
(530) 795-1278
Live Bait: Minnows, Mini and Night Crawlers, Red Worms; Frozen Bait, Tournament Bass Gear, Fly Fishing Gear

Guns, Fishing and Other Stuff
197 Butcher Rd., Vacaville, CA
(707) 451-1199
Website: Guns, Fishing and Other Stuff
Rows and rows of fishing tackle, related gear. Live Bait: minnows, worms, pile worms, eels, ghost shrimp, etc.

Sweeney's Sports
1537 Imola Ave. West, Napa, CA
(707) 255-5544
Website: Sweeney's Sports
Everything you need for fishing.

Western Sport Shop
2790 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, Ca
(707) 542-4432
Website: Western Sport Shop
Carries a wide selection of rods, reels, lures, and tackle; fresh and frozen bait.

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Big 5 Sporting Goods
1305 Trancas St., Napa CA
(707) 258-2048