FEATHER RIVER



 Dave Jacobs 530 646-9110

 

March 19, 2017    Headlines
Feather Salmon

Feather River:
The Feather River is in for big changes starting on Friday 3-17 with 40,000 cfs set to be blasting out of Oroville down the concrete spillway. If the flows come all at one time, the trees and debris will be mucking up the river for some time. In any case, the flows will change everything for the next few weeks.
Bob Boucke, owner of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle, said, “It should be another week before the Feather is fishable, but there has been some good sturgeon action along with stripers in the river. Once the flows settle down, the action for striped bass should be excellent. The Sacramento River has been settling down, and the launch ramps at Steelhead Lodge, and Ward’s Landing are available, but a small boat and 4WD is advised at Ward’s. The Tisdale launch ramp is still a few weeks away from being usable since mud and debris cover the ramp although the water level is down.

Feather River Hatchery Closed Until Further Notice

Due to recent flooding from the Feather River, the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville will remain closed to the public until further notice. The hatchery’s infrastructure and public viewing ares were damaged by high flood waters, silt and debris, making it unsafe for the public to be on the grounds or access the river via hatchery property.
"Our staff is focused on keeping the hatchery salmon and steelhead alive, and facility cleanup efforts won’t be completed for some time,” said Anna Kastner, Feather River Hatchery Manager. “We appreciate the public’s patience and support of our efforts to preserve these critical stocks under unusual and challenging circumstances. We’ll be very happy when all operations are back to normal.”
On Feb. 9 and 10, more than 60 people from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and other agencies successfully transferred more than five million Chinook salmon to an annex hatchery nine miles away. Fisheries staff also constructed an emergency filtration system for the remaining salmon and steelhead at the Oroville facility
To date, losses at the hatchery have been minimal.


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


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