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.
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.
Bass Fishing: Crank Baits and Rip Baits, Plastic Worms, Zara Spooks, Rapala Spinnerbaits
Trout and Salmon: Troll with Needlefish, Silver Spoons, Salmon Eggs
Crappie: Small Minnows
Catfish: Nightcrawlers, Crayfish, Chicken Livers, Minnows, Clams
Keith Clow Guide Service
Clearlake Oaks, CA
Website: Keith Clow Guide Service
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.
Sidney Silberberg specializes in fishing Lake Berryessa.
Larry Hemphill Fishing Guide & Instructor
Yuba City, CA
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
(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.
Berryessa Sporting Goods
115 E. Grant St., Winters, CA
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
Website: Guns, Fishing and Other Stuff
Rows and rows of fishing tackle, related gear. Live Bait: minnows, worms, pile worms, eels, ghost shrimp, etc.
1537 Imola Ave. West, Napa, CA
Website: Sweeney's Sports
Everything you need for fishing.
Western Sport Shop
2790 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, Ca
Website: Western Sport Shop
Carries a wide selection of rods, reels, lures, and tackle; fresh and frozen bait.
Big 5 Sporting Goods
1305 Trancas St., Napa CA