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August 25, 2016    Headlines
Feather Salmon

Great News! Water Contractors Pull Their Petition to Destroy Bass and Striper Fishery
If you were prepared to head up to Folsom on Thursday to be present at the Fish and Game Commission meeting regarding the petition for the so-called ‘Coalition for the Sustainable Delta’s’ desire to lower the size limit and raise the bag limit for striped and largemouth bass has been withdrawn by the organization. Thanks to the efforts of Dick Pool and Water4Fish, John Buettler of the Allied Fishing Groups, Sep Hendrickson of the California Sportsman’s Radio Show, Roger Mammon of the California Striped Bass Association, Kent Brown of Ultimate Bass, and so many others in the bass fishing world– the ‘Coalition’ decided it would be better to retreat than to be publicly humiliated by a defeat of their petition. Thanks to everyone who sent letters and signed the petitions as our collective efforts have been heard. Let’s see what their next move is, and it is as important as ever to stay involved since the fight for water will only get harder as our resources continue to become limited.  Thanks everyone!

Allied Fishing Groups: There is no need to go to the The California Fish and Game Commission meeting set for this Thursday (the 25th)!  The Commission has announced the that the Coalition for Sustainable Delta, California Chamber of Commerce, California Farm Bureau Federation, Kern County Water Agency, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Northern California Water Association, San Joaquin Tributaries Authority, Southern California Water Committee, State Water Contractors, and Western Growers have withdrawn their petition number 2016-011 (striped and black bass regulations).

As you may recall from our previous emails on this subject, David Ostrach and I sent in 4 AFG exhibits to the Commission regarding
1) CFGC Code Responsibilities and Public Trust Law requirements to protect and sustainably manage striped bass and black bass in the Bay-Delta estuary.
2) The Petition’s failure to comply with Code requirements to use peer-reviewed science in decision making.
3) SWP and CVP fish loss estimates.
4) the history of efforts to destroy the striped bass fishery. These exhibits are on our web site thanks to Dave Studeman’s efforts to keep everyone informed. 

We’ve been advised that the Commission staff recommended not supporting the CSD’s (et.al) proposed regulation changes. The Commission also received several thousand letter and petitions in opposition. 

John Buettler

Sacramento River/Metropolitan Area:
There are a few salmon trickling through the Old Sacramento River. On Thursday 8-11 captain Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures out of Bethel Harbor went out on his first salmon charter of the season, and he put 11 year-old Eric Almarinez of Fairfield onto a 17-pound, 10-ounce salmon on a custom single blade chartreuse spinner. This proves once again, anything can happen when you have a line in the water.
Uncle Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle said, “There are a few salmon in the Sacramento River at the mouth of the American for those jigging, and there is also a bite in the American below Howe Avenue near the college for those anchoring up and jigging.” The majority of fish have yet to arrive.

Sacramento River/Feather Rivers:
Johnson’s Bait in Yuba City reported Thursday 8-11 the salmon action is starting to pick up for those throwing spinners and corkies from the bank near the Outlet Hole on the Feather River. The flows are still high, and once the flows back off in the Feather, the salmon should start to hold in the river longer from Boyd’s Pump upriver. Anchoring with sardine-wrapped Brad’s Killer Fish or Kwikfish remain the top technique. Striper fishing is good on the Yuba River and there is an intermittent bite on the Feather. Anchovies have been the top bait.

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