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September 18, 2017    Headlines

Summer Scratch

Delta Report
By Dave Hurley

Salmon continue to trickle into the Sacramento-Delta as the fish are running rapidly upriver towards the cooler waters in the Feather and American Rivers. Stripers are also on the move, and the schools are there one day and gone the following day.

Sylvia Viera of Viera’s Riverside Resort near Isleton reported Sunday 9-17, “We have a few more fishermen showing up, and our parking lot was full on Sunday morning by 6:30 a.m. Normally, Sunday is a slow day, but we were busy this morning. Most of the action has been taking place from the mouth of the river to Walnut Grove, and Long Island has been particularly hot. The fish are all bright, and they are averaging from 15 to 25 pounds with the big fish so far this season at 31 pounds.
The Bureau of Reclamation will begin weekday closures at its Delta Cross Channel gates on September 18th, and the weekday closures, expected to last at least into mid-October, are intended to help reduce fall-run Chinook salmon straying from the Sacramento River. The gates will close Mondays around 10 a.m. and will open Fridays around 10 a.m.; the process takes about one hour.

Out of Freeport, Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle said, “There is a steady flow of salmon from 5 to 25 pounds for those throwing Flying C’s off of the banks or jigging with P-Line Laser Minnows or Slammer Minnows below the bridge. Striped bass are showing up in Miner Slough, Liberty Island, and the Sacramento Deep Water Channel with jumbo minnows, pile worms, blood worms, sardines, and frozen shad.  We will have live mudsuckers in the shop by this weekend. Smallmouth reports have been scarce, but the smallie should still be holding in 15 to 25 feet of water along the rocks with large minnows or Robo Worms on a drop-shot rig. Catfish can be found in the Deep Water Channel or Lisbon Slough with chicken livers or clams.”

Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento likes the overall conditions at Liberty Island, but he will wait until the high tide arrives in the morning hours as the topwater and glide bait action is far more effective in high water.

In Suisun Bay, Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait, said, “Salmon fishing has been really slow from our shorelines as these fish must just be bypassing up. There was a 25 pounder caught last weekend, and everyone thought they were here, but it has been slow since then. Stripers are coming off of the shorelines with grass shrimp or bullheads, but it is nothing to brag about. Few anglers are out for sturgeon, but I am sure that they are out there. We have been getting bullheads in the shop since our owner, Curtis Hayes, has the shrimp boat back in action, and we sold out of 15 dozen bullheads within hours this weekend with fishermen coming from all over northern California.
Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley said, “In the Isleton area, the cooler evening temperatures have helped as smallmouth are still biting flukes on a scrounger head or DDO crankbaits along the rocks. Out of Walnut Grove, there have been a few more salmon reports from Courtland to Walnut Grove, and catfish are showing up from the banks with chicken livers or cut baits.”

It is time for the striped bass to move into Montezuma as Nelson Vineyard of Vacaville caught and released a 40-inch, 26-pound striped bass on a live mudsucker in shallow water. He said, “The striper fishing has gotten better and better over the past three weekends, and I recommend that people get out here to enjoy this action while the water is still clear.”

The launch ramps at Brannan Island State Park remain open, but the restroom and parking lot area is under construction which may continue through November. The temporary fence around the parking lots is making for difficult conditions for transporting a large boat around the fence, but it is possible.

In the San Joaquin-Delta, largemouth bass remain the top species, but striped bass are starting to move in as the water continues to cool down in response to the cooler night temperatures.

Captain Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sport Fishing out of Korth’s Pirates Lair Marina at the mouth of the Mokelumne said, “We have been fishing our regular haunts in and around the San Joaquin this week with a mixed bag of results as the water temperatures are still running high and the transition has yet to take place.  We did have limits on two of our three trips and probably would have grinded out limits on our third trip, but our clients who are regulars agreed to roll the dice with the captain and try and just target big summer time resident fish in the northeast Delta. We drifted Golden State baits jumbo minnows along with bluegill, and the stripers seemed to prefer the bluegill. There are a ton of ‘Rats,” shakers in the system, and the Blade Runner/P-Line Laser minnows spoon bite was wide open for all the small ones you wanted. Things will definitely improve with cooler weather forecasted for this upcoming week. The nights are getting longer and the days shorter that will bring our Fall/Winter Striper season into full swing.”
The Don Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund tournament was held out of Russo’s Marina on September 9, and Tanner Austin and Matthew Abella took first place with a 19.10-pound limit including the big fish of the tournament at 10.10 pounds.

Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley said, “Stripers are showing up in Frank’s Tract to the Old River Flats, and topwater lures such as Pencil Poppers are working on the high tide. Optima’s Bubba Shad swimbait is also effective. Largemouth bass are found near current with reaction baits such as chatterbaits and spinnersbaits, and the angler’s thumbs are getting raw as the bass are eating more soft profile baits such as shad instead of digging in the rocks for crawdads. Drop-shotting is also working in the current at depths from 8- to 10- feet.

Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle in Freeport reported good bluegill action off of Eight Mile Road with red worms on a drop-shot rig with no bobber as the panfish are holding on the bottom.

Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service said, “All species including stripers along with largemouth and smallmouth bass are transitioning into their fall feeding patterns. We have been using larger flies to catch the larger Stripers and discourage the smaller fish.  There are some jumbo Stripers in the system and the larger fly will give you a better chance for success.  It’s time to fish and allow the wind to dictate where you can fish.”

“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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