Russian River
Insider's Guide to the Russian River Fishing Region

Photo by Kings Sport & Tackle, Guerneville

Fishing Overview -

The Russian River is a diverse fishing destination. There are multiple environments along the river from the coast all the way inland. Then there is Lake Sonoma with its many fingers reaching off the main body and creating ideal fishing spots. On top of that there is all the fishing spots along the coast and a marina at Bodega Bay where you can rent charter boats.

Suggested Spots -

Russian River - I recommend two spots. One is Wohler Bridge between Forestville and Healdsburg. The other is Steelhead Beach outside Forestville off of River Road. Both spots provide river access at multiple points and are mostly quiet and un-traveled.

Driving Directions for Wohler

Driving Directions for Steelhead

Lake Sonoma - Visit the Dry Creek arms of the lake for some great Channel Catfish fishing. Catfish over 20 pounds are being pulled out of the lake. Lake Sonoma is also home to Trout, Black Bass, Black Crappie, Redear and Bluegill. While you are there, don't miss the opportunity to view the whole lake and region from the Overlook.

Sonoma Coast - If you don't get seasick, fishing taking a charter boat out on the ocean for some fishing is a lot of fun. The big name fish include Shad, Chinook, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead. There are a variety of other fish to be caught as well and fishing options for every age (around 6 and up). The boat crew will skin, gut and bag your fish to take home.

By: James Tao Klauenburch Writer


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