Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 Lake Sonoma Fishing Map, Report plus Sonoma Hunting Clubs and Ranches

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Where to find Fish and How to fish Lake Sonoma


Bullet Facts Lake Sonoma:

  • Location: ln Sonoma County between Geyserville   and Cloverdale off Highway 101.
  • Species: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass,  redear sunfish, steelhead trout, bluegill, green  sunfish, Sacramento perch, channel catfish. 
  • Boating: There are three boat launches in operation.  The first is a public ramp that requires some  strenuous hiking up to the parking lot (parking fee aslo pays for launch) when you  retrieve your rig after fishing. A private ramp is  available at Lake Sonoma Marina (full service with good selection of boats to rent) for $8 which  includes parking.
  • A third public ramp  at Yorty Creek but only car top boats or vessels not trailered are allowed.
  •   Camping: Public camping (110 sites) is available   around the lake on a first-come, first-served  ‘L , basis. Camps accessible only by boat or hike-in   (113 sites) are located around the lake.  Lake Sonoma Marina,  707-433-2200 Lake Sonoma Recreation Area, 

Lake Sonoma, located in the Coast Range of Sonoma County,  was built in 1979   has some excellent fishing so anglers  are bypassing the  big lakes and  heading the  much smaller, but  productive Lake  Sonoma.
Sonoma has  excellent numbers  of largemouth,   some  of the best redear  sunfish populations in the state!    These  fish scale to 11/2 pounds and stringers are easy once you locate  the schooling fish, catching them are using worms and  grubs. Small jigs, such as a red and white or yellow and  white Mini-Jig will entice these panfish when cast and  worked in the brush. 

Occasional steelhead trout! Although the Department of  Fish and Game doesn't plant them anymore, anglers still  catch a fair number of steelhead trout. They're holdovers from  plants in the early and mid-80s, including some big fish to 6  pounds that are probably native steelhead of Dry Creek and  the Russian River system. -

One of the neat features at Sonoma - the fact that  there is such outstanding habitat. When the dam was built in  1979 Dry Creek flooded acres of standing oak trees and  madrone. Most of those trees are still standing today, and they  make great spawning habitat for sunfish, bluegill and bass 

Find the brush, and you’ll find  sunfish,where  the limbs are sticking out.   Some of the best redear sunfish action can be found in  Upper Dry Creek, Cherry Creek and Yorty Creek, but Brush  Creek is worth a try too. Warm Springs Arm is another good    producer for anglers dunking redworrns, mealworrns or casting and retrieving Mini-Jigs. 

Bass action can be spectacular at times, but don’t expect a  lot of monsters at Lake Sonoma  Most of the bass are largemouth, and a bunch of Florida- strain  blacks were planted in 1982. Some of those  fish are now 7 and 8 pounds, are great fighters, and a 20-fish day  means lots of action and a few good fillets! 

The whole lake offers good  bass fishing but in the summer you’ve got to stay  away from  the waterski areas.

Cherry Creek is a good bass fishing, while Smith Creek is  fair, and people catch a lot of fish out of the Warm Springs  Arm.  “Even more fish on Dry Creek.

Top bass lures are twin-tail grubs in brown and salt and  pepper,. Simply work  the plastic worms and grubs through the brush and you’ll  catch fish, even if most of them are still growing up.  The bass target  redear, bluegill and green sunfish, there is a lot of  forage fish in the lake.

Along with smallmouth  bass, channel catfish and bluegill, but redear sunfish are the  best fishery on the lake.   

STEELHEAD  are available in Lake  Sonoma, but the trout program has been discontinued and  only a handful remain. Trollers can still catch them along the  east side of the dam and up the canyon with flashers and  nightcrawlers.     Trout, which are rapidly  vanishing in the lake, but  Anglers can still catch those trout this summer if they fish  the proper depth.

In 35  to 45 feet of water, pull Ford Fenders  and a nightcrawler.  The red and silver blades are best, let out 120, feet of line and troll real slow.Top trout areas are the dam,  the main body of the lake in Dry Creek, the canyon area, the east bank  coming off the dam and the high cliffs areas are best for  Anglers will have to use a downrigger, Deep Six diver,  Pink Lady or leadcore line to get to trout-holding country, and  once there, troll with the flasher-crawler setup for hookups.

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