Fishing Reports

This monster 10 lb. vermilion rockfish was the second biggest fish caught during the July 14 trip aboard the Happy Hooker, earning an Abu Garcia round baitcaster for the angler that caught it.
I felt a little funny. A twinge of dizziness perhaps, but I didn’t think much ...
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Happy Hooker Cal Kellogg School Of Fishing Event Produces 55 Lingcod & More!

Captain Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuide.Com shows off one of the 15 Whiskeytown kokanee salmon that came aboard his big Willie Boat on July 7.
“Every time we make a determination to set aside a seashore for the use of ...

Kokanee Fishing In President Kennedy’s Footprints

Gene Rush holds up the pair of handsome rainbow trout he caught while slow trolling worms at Lake Almanor on July 8.
Final minutes of the trip… The bite was slow and the fishing was methodical, yet ...

On The Hunt For Trophy Trout At Lake Almanor With Bryan Roccucci

Dan Bacher, Fish Sniffer Editor, holds a limit of quality kokanee caught during a trip with James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service on July 18.
The fat, silvery fish slammed the lure, knocking the line off the downrigger clip, and ...

Boca Reservoir Kokanee Salmon Are Fat, Fierce and Acrobatic

Rachel Smith rounded up this quality rainbow trout while fishing New Melones Reservoir with her dad Kevin on June 26.
Kevin Smith headed down to New Melones Reservoir hoping to find big kokanee and he ...

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Spotlight on Conservation

Barbara Daly, marina owner
After covering fish, water, and environmental justice issues in California and the West for over 30 years as an investigative journalist, I’ve concluded that the California Water Fix, the new name for the Delta Tunnels, is the most environmentally devastating public works project I've ever encountered. I’ve published hundreds of articles about the Delta Tunnels, Governor Jerry Brown's plan to divert Sacramento River water 30 miles under the California Delta to facilitate its export to corporate agribusiness and Southern California water agencies, in a wide array of publications. In my reporting, I’ve covered many aspects of the controversial plan. These ...
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Governor Jerry Brown has enlisted Bruce Babbitt, the former Secretary of Interior under the Clinton administration and former Governor of Arizona, to serve as a “special advisor” to the Brown administration on California WaterFix and other Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta matters. The hiring of Babbitt was first revealed in an opinion piece by Sacramento Bee Editor Dan Morain published on July 14 entitled, “Brown calls on Bruce Babbitt, as time runs short for water fix.” The California Natural Resources Agency did not publicly announce Mr. Babbitt's hire, which is very curious for the appointment of such a prominent former federal official ...
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One of the least discussed issues in California environmental politics – and one of the most crucial to understanding Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels plan - is the clear connection between the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and the California WaterFix, formerly called the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The privately-funded MLPA Initiative and the California WaterFix to build the peripheral tunnels at first may appear to be entirely different processes. The MLPA Initiative, a process begun in 2004 under the Schwarzenegger administration, purported to create a network of "marine protected areas" along the California coast. The network was supposedly ...
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Hearings before the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) regarding Governor Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels will begin on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Joe Serna Cal EPA Building in Sacramento,1001 I Street, Sacramento. The hearings regarding the controversial project, renamed the California WaterFix last year, will start with policy statements on Tuesday. The hearing is expected to last for weeks. In 2015, the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation requested permits for new water diversion intakes on the Sacramento River and water quality certification under the Clean Water Act, essential permits ...
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