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From the time he was five years old, Cody Meyer of Auburn wanted to be ...

Angler Catches Potential World Record 10.8 Lb Spotted Bass At Bullards Bar

Roland Aspiras caught and released this hard-fighting steelhead on the American River below Nimbus Fish Hatchery in the winter of 2016.
In the biggest release of water since 2006, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on December ...

High Flows Draw Some Steelhead Into American River

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Lake Berryessa Drop Shotters Find Best Bass Action (Napa) “A very nice married couple called ...

Late Fall Lake Action Heats Up

This Fish Sniffer reader booked a trip on the California Dawn and landed a limit of rockfish including this awesome olive.
Berkeley/Emeryville Crab Combo Action Remains Solid When Weather Cooperates (East Bay) When the weather is ...

Crabs, Ling and Rockfish for Saltwater Anglers

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Spotlight on Conservation

Photo of Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River by Dan Bacher.
(Lewiston) The numbers of steelhead coming into the Trinity River Fish Hatchery continue to be below normal - and well below the numbers trapped during the past four years. The hatchery has counted only 886 adult steelhead to date, compared to 3,272 trapped to date in 2015. The hatchery trapped a total of 2,550 steelhead in 2014, 2.302 in 2013 and 5,737 in 2012. The hatchery recently finished spawning Chinook and coho salmon for the season. The coho and salmon numbers are down from previous years. The Trinity River Fish Hatchery trapped a total of 1,512 fall-run Chinooks, including 1,3141 ...
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Delta Smelt, Adult (side view), UC Davis Fish Conservation and Culture Lab, Byron, CA (largely funded by the California Department of Water Resources) May 15, 2008
The Delta smelt has not yet become extinct, but the numbers of fish collected in the fall 2016 midwater trawl survey conducted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remain alarmingly low. This is in spite of improved precipitation last winter and spring, followed by a very wet fall that should have resulted in much higher numbers of smelt surviving. The Delta smelt index, a relative measure of abundance, in the latest survey was 8, the second lowest in history. Seven Delta smelt were collected in November – and none were collected in September, October, or December, according ...
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The American River raging through the trees and brush below Nimbus Dam is an awesome sight to behold.
Increased numbers of winter steelhead are showing on the lower American River, as evidenced by the trapping of 76 adult American River steelhead at Nimbus Fish Hatchery so far this season. More fish are expected to come up with the high flows. The Bureau of Reclamation increased releases to the American River below Nimbus Dam to 15,000 cfs on January 5, to 30,000 cfs on January 7 and then to 40,000 cfs on January 9 to accommodate run-off from the latest big storms. “We trapped 33 adults and one juvenile last week and 35 adults and one juvenile yesterday,” said ...
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Lauritzen Yacht Harbor
Restore the Delta (RTD) appeared at the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento today for the last public hearing on Phase I of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan, fighting for adequate flows from the San Joaquin River to save fisheries and protect Delta people. While the public hearings are over, you can still submit written comments. "Have you submitted a public comment on the critically important Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan yet?" according to a RTD action alert. "The State Water Board has extended the submission of written comments to March 17, 2017 by 12:00 p.m." If not, ...
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