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.
Directions for Wohler
Directions for Steelhead
- 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.
- 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