Fishing Reports

The adult winners of day two of the SMUD Rancho Seco Trout Derby pose with their trophies.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Rancho Seco Reservoir, a scenic 160-acre year round recreational facility ...
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SMUD Rancho Seco Spring Trout Derby Yields Lots of Big Rainbows

Matt VanSickle took the top spot in the adult division during the April 8 NTAC tournament at Collins Lake. He the winning rainbow on an orange Kastmaster tossed off the bank.
It’s been a familiar story this spring: a small window of fair warm weather punctuated ...

Fourth Annual Collins Lake Spring NTAC Trout Tourney Features Solid Fishing Despite Wind And Rain!

Jason Pandolfi shows off this 5.56 lb. rainbow trout that won him third place in the Lake Amador NTAC event.
Beautiful Lake Amador, located in the Mother Lode foothills on Jackson Creek near Ione, lived ...

Lake Amador Delivers 6 Rainbows Over 5 Pounds During NTAC

Ken Lagudas of Salinas won first place in the men’s barred surfperch division of the Sand Crab Classic with this 3.14 lb. fish caught while fishing a bloodworm at the mouth of the Salinas River on March 11.
Three hundred people from throughout the Monterey Bay area and beyond participated in the 13th ...

Surf Anglers Catch Biggest Barred Perch & Biggest ‘Exotic’ Fish In Sand Crab Classic History

John used a Rapala minnow plug trolled quickly to fool this big Almanor brown on March 27. The fish was successfully release after the photo.
Guess what? It’s raining again and the wind is coming in stiff gusts. I can ...

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Spotlight on Conservation

The enormous erosion damage to the Oroville Dam’s primary spillway is shown here.
As California Governor Jerry Brown prepared to meet with Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke in Sacramento on April 13 to discuss water and other issues, the Brown administration denied the Sacramento Bee access to State of California public records regarding the Oroville Dam crisis. According to a news release from Restore the Delta (RTD), Delta farmers, fishermen, and residents are asking: “What is the actual financial situation at the State Water Project, and why is this information being hidden from California taxpayers?” On the denial of public records, the Bee reports: “Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is using federal security regulations written to thwart terrorism to deny public access ...
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The Fish and Game Commission at a teleconference meeting in Sacramento on April 13 voted to close recreational salmon fishing on the Trinity and Klamath rivers this fall, as well as approving the ocean salmon fishing regulations adopted on April 11 by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). Below is the news release about the salmon seasons from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: Low Salmon Projections Lead to Fisheries Restrictions, Some Closures in 2017 Historically low numbers of fall-run and winter-run Chinook salmon have prompted the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) to drastically limit the state’s salmon fishery for the remainder ...
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Photo of a flat calm day off the Sonoma County Coast by Dan Bacher.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) at its meeting in Sacramento today adopted ocean salmon season recommendations that offer some recreational and commercial opportunities for most of the West Coast. Due to low ocean abundance forecasts, the 200-mile-long Klamath Management Zone (KMZ) from Humbug Mountain, Oregon, to Horse Mountain, California, will be completely closed to the take of Chinook salmon this season. The recommendations will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for approval by May 1, 2017. This year’s run of Klamath River fall Chinook salmon is projected to be the smallest in history- 11,000 fish, about 10% of average for the last 3 decades. "Before ...
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Photo meme courtesy of Restore the Delta (RTD).
As a resident of the San Jose area for over 9 years in the 1970s and 1980s, I frequently fished in the lakes of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, including Anderson, Coyote, Uvas, Calero and Lexington reservoirs and the Campbell Percolation Ponds. Since moving back to Sacramento, I have fished at and written stories on these lakes many times. I find it appalling that the same water district is now the ONLY member agency that voted to provide the Department of Water Resources with additional funding for the Planning Phase of Delta Tunnels. Why the heck is a northern California ...
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