Fishing Reports

Yes, big king salmon do swim the Sacramento River. This happy angler scored during an August trip with Captain Kirk Portocarrero. Unfortunately, when the Fish Sniffer crew hit the river with Kirk the bite shut down and no salmon were harmed!
If you’re a long time Fish Sniffer reader, you know that when it comes to ...
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Late Summer Slump: The Fishing Gods Hate Me!

Set right at the edge of the Desolation Valley Wilderness Area, Loon Lake is a great place to fish, hike, boat and camp.
As I reeled in the Panther Martin spinner towards me through the chilly, crystal clear ...

Loon Lake Offers Superb Rainbow Fishing At Desolation Valley Wilderness Edge  

Joshua from Sacramento holds up this hard-fighting rainbow that he hooked at Lake Valley Reservoir on September 3.
Do you want to go to a low elevation lake that features catfish or go ...

Lake Valley Reservoir Features A Two-For-One Special Of Trout And Catfish

Matt Mayes had his hands full when a big bad Humboldt Bay halibut slammed his live sardine.
Chasing new species is a part of fishing that I enjoy. Learning about a fish’s ...

Epic North State Halibut Trip

Chris Mayes, Matthew Mays and Rob had an outstanding kayak fishing adventure on Humboldt Bay on August 1.
The tip of my rod quivered with the frantic, nervous swimming motions of my live ...

Humboldt Bay Kayak Salmon Hunt

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Spotlight on Conservation

Governor Jerry Brown greenwashes his image at a climate conference in Toronto as he promotes the Delta Tunnels, the most environmentally destructive public works projects in California history, along with pushing the expansion of fracking and overseeing water policies that are driving Delta smelt and salmon closer and closer to extinction, Photo Credit: Salvatore Sacco, Canadian Press Images .
This November 4 will be the second anniversary of the passage of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water bond, a measure that fishing groups, California Indian Tribes, grassroots conservation groups and environmental justice advocates opposed because they considered it to be a water grab for corporate agribusiness and Big Money interests. Proponents of Proposition 1 contributed a total of $21,820,691 and spent a total of $19,538,153 on the successful campaign. The contributors are a who’s who of Big Money interests in California, including corporate agribusiness groups, billionaires, timber barons, Big Oil. the tobacco industry and the California Chamber of ...
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(Rancho Cordova) A 4 lb. female sockeye salmon, an apparent fish from a Pacific Northwest river that made a wrong turn on its spawning journey, made an unlikely appearance at Nimbus Fish Hatchery on Thursday, September 8. “Staff doing weir maintenance that day found the fish on the upstream side of the fish weir,” said Gary Novak, manager of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. “The fish was weak and about to die.” “Interestingly enough, we found a male sockeye salmon at the exact same spot on the weir last season,” said Novak.” “Although it's not uncommon for salmon to take the ...
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Photo of Stewart Resnick, funder of the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta.
In a big victory for fishing groups who were mobilizing for a huge turn out of anglers at the California Fish and Game Commission meeting in Folsom on August 25, Stewart Resnick's Coalition for a Sustainable Delta Astroturf group and their water contractor allies withdrew their petition to increase bag limits and reduce size limits for striped bass and black bass in the San Francisco Bay-Delta. According to an official notice on the meeting posted on the Commission's website, "Please note: The petition number 2016-011 (striped and black bass) has been withdrawn by the petitioners. As a result the Commission ...
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The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday, August 24, adopted the controversial Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas in California that delays regional scientific reviews of MPAs, as originally promised, from every five years to every ten years. After a very short discussion and hearing public comment, the Commission by a 4-0 vote approved text related to traditional ecological knowledge and then adopted the proposed final Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas and the Marine Life Protection Program pursuant to the Marine Life Protection Act (Pursuant to Section 2850, et seq., Fish and Game Code)." The Commission had already ...
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