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January 28, 2018    Headlines

  Crab Counts Drop
Rockfish Season Closes

Bodega Salmon

Dungeness crab remain a strong possibility during the winter months before the rockfish and salmon seasons are anticipated to open in April, and surf perch from the shorelines remain another possibility. Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing said, “We just came in from a crab-only trip on Sunday, January 21st, and our anglers returned with some big beautiful crab. We didn’t try for sand dabs with the big swell, but when the conditions are right, we will be working for sand dabs in addition to crab. I have a research trip for the University of California, Santa Cruz this week to Cordell Banks, and we will take out some squid jigs to see if the Humboldt squid have returned after a few years of absence. I plan on making a couple of drops for the big squid, and there is some encouraging sign around with a commercial black cod angler finding beak marks on the fish, straightened hooks, and fish pulled off the hooks so I am optimistic for the possibility of finding the squid. There are massive amounts of anchovies around, and I have never seen so many anchovies in my 35 years of fishing off of Bodega Bay. The warm water temperatures may be contributing to the huge schools of bait fish, and there are large groups of birds working the bait. In addition to crab/sand dab combination trips, I will motor down to Half Moon Bay in the event the Maverick’s Big Surf Contest is held along with regular boat maintenance.”
Out of Lawson’s Landing in Dillon Beach, Willie Vogler said, “
The big swell has slowed down the surf perch action for the past week, but there have been herring spawns in Tomales Bay near Marshall. The crabbing has been slow inside of the bay.” Lawson’s is taking camping reservations up to 16 weeks in advance. 

Department of Water Resources asks State Water Board to deny motions by Delta Tunnels opponents

By Dan Bacher

On January 19, the California Department of Water Resources responded to the motions by Delta Tunnels opponents that charge DWR and State Water Resources Control Board staff with "unlawful exparte communications” and call for a 90-day stay in the California WaterFix hearing.
DWR requests the State Board Hearing Officers to deny the pending motions to stay or continue the Part 2 hearings that were scheduled to begin on January 18.
The Department of Water Resources submitted its “Consolidated Opposition to Save the California Delta Alliance et al. and County of Sacramento et al” to State Water Board Hearing Officers Doduc and Marcus 
DWR claims that these communications were not illegal and the hearing should go forward as planned. The water board Thursday delayed the hearing until February 2
“None of the alleged communications by Petitioners cited by protestants constitute a substantive issue or controversial matter of practice and procedure within the scope of the proceeding, in violation of Government Code Sections 11430.10 et seq,” wrote James “Tripp” Mizell, the Office of Chief Counsel for DWR, argued today.
“Instead, the alleged communications by Petitioners fall into one or more of the following categories: (1) communications between DWR staff and State Water Resources Control Board (“WaterBoard”) staff prior to the issuance of the October 30, 2015 Notice of Public Hearing andPrehearing Conference; (2) communications with Water Board staff on non-substantive or non-controversial procedural issues within the scope of the proceeding; and (3) communications with Water Board staff on issues related to the California WaterFixEnvironmental Impact Report through its role as a CEQA Responsible Agency,” wrote Mizell.
After reading DWR’s response to the motions, Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta, said, “their response is a non denial, denial. They said the motions should be dismissed because they didn’t do anything wrong, but yet they don’t present any evidence to support their claim.” 
The Delta Tunnels project, also called the California Water Fix, is Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta to divert Sacramento River water to agribusiness interests on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California Water agencies.
If built, the project would likely hasten the extinction of Sacramento River winter and spring-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other species. The WaterFix would also imperil the salmon steelhead populations on the Trinity and Klamath rivers, where the Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa Valley Tribes have fished for thousands of years.
Read DWR’s response here on Maven’s Notebook website: 
DWR Consolidated Opposition to Motions re Ex Parte
For more information, go to:…

The sport crab numbers continue to drop off. Private boaters are seeing 1 to 4 crabs per pot working the Outer bay and up to the river. Many of the regulars have now pulled their gear as the threat of weather or losing your catch to the thieves out weighs the few crabs around. Counts will slowly climb as much of the commercial gear is coming out of the water. Here on Wednesday 1-3 we are seeing 10 knots of wind over a 6 foot swell. Wet and windy weather is expected to arrive tonight.

We are wrapping down the last few days of the 2017 rockfish season. Limits have been the rule when the weather cooperates (it's been a bit too cooperative of late) with solid ling counts being reported by all. The season closes on Sunday December 31st at sunset. Party and sixpacks boats have room for this last chance at white meat. Here on Thursday 12-28 we are seeing 10 knots of breeze over a 6 foot swell.
Over the next few months we will be covering salmon news and what to expect for the coming 2018 season. This writer is optimistic that we will see a good season thanks to GGSA's efforts to get fish trucked during the drought.  Not likely a banner year due to the huge reduction in naturally spawned fish but a good year none the less.

The weather has been great the past few days and the rockfish action solid. On Saturday 12-23 Jeff was at the helm of the Samantha Irene. He ran to Fort Ross where they picked up limits of rockfish and limits of lings for both clients and crew. In the crab gear they pulled though most of their pots and managed to boat limits of crabs for all six clients. Jeff said they had light NE winds over a three foot swell. He has room all this coming week.
Rick on the New Sea Angler has been reporting great catches all week. He has room next week but will be off on Christmas Eve and day.

Pictured top left: Liesl Wolf from St Helena shows to boys (and men) how it's done".

Alaska Vacation
For readers looking for an Alaska adventure we still have dates open in  August at our Kenai peninsula vacation cabin in 2018
Our fully equipped, coastal home sits on three wilderness acres on the "middle Kenai peninsula". 
Being centrally located we are within 30 minutes of five rivers including the Kenai, Kasilof and Anchor and just 20 minutes north of the saltwater tractor launches in Ninilchik and Deep Creek.
Most of our guests do a combination of  a day, two or three of guided river, fly-out or saltwater trips between self guided trips. With our centrally base location your options are unlimited.
For all our guest's we include a three hour tutorial (at our Sebastopol home) covering tackle, tactics, best locations. We can also hook you up with some of the best guide, charter and fly-out contacts in the area.

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“Millions of Californians on hook for water plan”
Read at our website.

Today, The Associated Press published a story confirming rumors of “expanded funding demands” for the Delta Tunnels proposal. New documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that dozens of local agencies representing millions of Californians may be required to pay for the tunnels, even though they have not been asked to participate in the project, nor would they receive the “supply reliability” benefits promised to CA WaterFix participants. This follows years of assurances from the Brown Administration that only local water agencies actively participating in the tunnels would be the paying for them.
A telling quote from Santa Clara Valley Water District board director Richard Santos reveals that State Water Project contractors have been pressured into participating in the tunnels project.

Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith write, 
“Asked if California intended to cut off state water deliveries to those districts that refuse to help pay for the tunnels, Lien-Mager said only ‘opting out would not affect their existing contracts, but their actual water supplies from the SWP could become less reliable in the future.’
That message has begun trickling out as water agencies around the state decide whether to raise rates to pay for the tunnels.
‘That’s what we’re being informed — our contract ends if we don’t participate,’ said Richard Santos, a board member of the Santa Clara Valley water district, which supplies water to Silicon Valley.
If it plays out that way, Santos said, he will fight. ‘If they say they’ll cut off our allocations if we don’t participate, then let the courts take it on,’ he said.”
To read the entire story, click here.

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Nearly all the salmon caught along the coast this year are there thanks to the Golden Gate Salmon Association. If not for their efforts to push both state and federal hatchery managers to truck fish over the past three years of drought we would have likely NOT had a season this year or next. I encourage readers to support this great organization and their efforts to return our salmon fishery to it's past glory. You can visit their website and see all that they are doing to make that a reality.

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 Brand New House in Irish Beach with 2 bedrooms and a huge loft. Sleeps 6. Blue Water Ocean View to the Point Arena Light House and great local fishing. The house is located on a private court with access to the Members only Irish Beach.


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The Bodega Bay Sportfishing  Center is currently booking trips on the New Sea Angler. They also book the six pack Sandy Ann, Profishn't and during the summer the Predator. Reservations can be made at 707 875-3344.

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5-day plot - Wind Speed at 46013

5-day plot - Wave Height at 46013

Marine Weather
With the Point Arena, San Francisco and Bodega Bay buoys all out of service it's been tough to judge conditions. There are some land based weather stations, wave rider and even webcams that readers can use to assess current conditions.  The Point Reyes wind observations or wave conditions at the San Francisco wave rider buoy are good tools for Golden Gate anglers.  For Bodega Bay anglers you can use both the Point Reyes wind observations and the Bodega Bay Marine lab web cam at Horseshoe Cove and conditions at the Point Arena light house. For Monterey based anglers looking for conditions inside Monterey bay can use the Monterey Bay Aquarium buoy.




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