Fishing Reports

Hundreds of steelhead are showing at the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery this season. Photo by ...
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Good Numbers of Salmon, Steelhead Return Again to Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery

By Stacy Barawed My cousin Michael and I had reserved spots aboard the Gatecrasher well ...

I Caught My First Sturgeon!

Michael Allen shows off a couple of scrappy spotted bass typical of those that dominate ...

Rollins Lake Offers Great Spotted Bass, Bluegill and Crappie Fishing

Josh Parris of San Andreas caught and released this 3.47-pound crappie, a new lake record, ...

Bass Angler Catches New Lake Record Crappie at New Melones

By Stacy Barawed I’d been wanting to book a trip with Captain Jonathon Smith and ...

Rounding Up Crabs & Rockfish Aboard The Happy Hooker!

By Kevin Hofer When the leaves begin to change, the days get shorter, nights get ...

Exploring For Sierra Trout!

By Cal Kellogg If you are a serious angler, getting skunked from time to time ...

A 5 Pound Slump Buster At Collins Lake!

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How To Articles

By Cal Kellogg Striped bass have started pushing back up the system from San Francisco ...
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Get Your Troll On For Delta Stripers!

By Cal Kellogg Sacramento River salmon trollers are as excited as grade schoolers counting down ...

Trolling Notes For Sacramento River Kings

By Cal Kellogg I was going through my tackle assortment the other day, getting everything ...

Thinking Trout & Salmon? Think About Pulling Plastic…

I have known my friend Mike Rheuby for many years having fished against him in ...

Shallow Water Rockfishing with Black Bass Gear

by Hippo Lau Having been in the fishing industry for over forty five years, I ...

A-Rigs for Salmon?

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Spotlight on Conservation

On Friday, January 10, the Bureau of Reclamation issued an order to reduce water releases on the American River below Nimbus Dam from 2,500 cfs to 2,000 cfs at a time when fall Chinook salmon eggs are incubating in the redds (nests), a critical period in the life cycle of the species. Peggy L. Manza, Reclamation spokesperson, cited "storage conservation" (in Folsom Lake) as the reason for reducing flows. Over the past 18 years, salmon runs on the American River, the crown jewel of the Sacramento are, have declined dramatically from a record run of over 150,000 fish in 2003 to ...
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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is moving full-speed ahead with its campaign to build the controversial single tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, as demonstrated in the latest Delta conveyance update from the agency on January 10. Conservationists, Tribal leaders, recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, environmental justice advocates, boaters, Delta business owners and elected leaders oppose the single tunnel because it would drive already imperiled Delta smelt, long fin smelt, winter-run and spring-run Chinook salmon and other species into the abyss of extinction. It would divert massive quantities of water from the Sacramento River in the northern end of the Delta rather ...
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The Delta smelt, once the most abundant species on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, continues its long slide towards extinction. For the second year in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in its annual fall midwater trawl survey in 2019 found zero Delta smelt during the months of September, October, November and December. Found only in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary, the smelt is an indicator species that shows the health of the ecosystem. Decades of water exports and environmental degradation under the state and federal governments have brought the smelt to the edge of extinction. In spite ...
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Dr. David Ostrach, Science Advisor for Allied Fishing Groups & Northern California Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, speaks before the California Fish and Game Commission in Sacramento on December 10. Photo by Dan Bacher. After hearing from three scientific experts and over 40 Delta and Northern California anglers and guides, the California Fish and Game Commission in a packed meeting in Sacramento on December 11 decided to postpone adoption of a Delta Fisheries Management Policy and potential amendments to the Commission’s Striped Bass Policy to a future meeting. The next Commission meeting where this issue will be discussed is on February ...
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