Fishing Reports

Greg Ferguson, CDFW Fish & Wildlife Technician, displays a big, beautiful Eel River-strain steelhead at Nimbus Fish Hatchery
Three separate strains of fish – the Eel River strain of American River steelhead, the ...
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CDFW Conducts American River Steelhead Study

Al Millan of Kokanee Power took a trip to Lake Camanche on January 15 and nailed several crappie, including this husky slab.
Amador (Ione) Lake Amador continues to go over the spillway into Jackson Creek, due to ...

Mother Lode Roundup

Fish Sniffer Field Editor Mike McNeilly used a spoon to tempt this big male steelhead while fishing the Eel River.
Here we are in the midst of one of the wettest winters in recent years, ...

Hardware For Steelhead

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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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Spotlight on Conservation

CDFW workers conducting a salmon rescue operation at the Feather River Fish Hatchery below Oroville Dam. CDFW photo.
A day after state officials ordered the evacuation of over 188,000 people from Butte, Yuba and Sutter Counties on February 12, members of the newly-formed Delta Caucus of the California Legislature issued a statement regarding the “hazardous situation” at Oroville Dam after The Mercury News and other news outlets reported that previous complaints about the safety of the dam’s current infrastructure were ignored. They said they have a “duty to ensure California’s existing infrastructure is maintained and upgraded, and not sacrificed in favor of conveyance projects,” referring to Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive water tunnels under the ...
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Public Safety Due to Flood Recovery Still a Concern to Tribe Nixon, NV: After over two months of recovery from extensive flood damage, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has opened some areas of Pyramid Lake to the public for recreational activities including fishing, boating, camping, and day use. The Tribe has designated the beaches from North Nets to Shot Dog as open to the public, effective Saturday, February 18, 2017, according to a news release from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Tribal Chairman, Vinton Hawley, stated “These particular beaches are accessible by the public, however, caution should be taken when ...
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Just hours after the Butte County Sheriff reduced the immediate evacuation order of Oroville region residents to an evacuation warning, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today approved both recent gubernatorial requests for federal assistance – one to support the response to the situation at Oroville Dam and the other to help with the impacts of January storms. “I want to thank FEMA for moving quickly to approve our requests,” said California Governor Jerry Brown in a statement. “This federal aid will get money and resources where it’s needed most.” A press release from the White House said Robert J ...
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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) just issued this updated statement regarding the expected failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam in Butte County. The agency noted that “Oroville Dam itself is sound and is a separate structure from the auxiliary spillway.” The agency also said DWR has doubled the flow down its main spillway 55,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 100,000 cfs to avert more erosion on the auxiliary spillway. In a press conference in Oroville at noon, Eric See, DWR public information officer, said, “the flows from the auxiliary are on the decline and the ...
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