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September 15, 2016    Headlines
Feather Salmon Push In

Feather River:
Raith Heryford of RH Guide Service continues to pick up salmon in the fast water on the Feather near the Outlet with Brad’s Killer Fish with upgraded hooks. Watching Raith's FB posts he has gone from a fish per rod last week to limits and near limits this week. He saw limits for the second day in a row on Thursday 9-15 of beautiful bright fish ranging from 10 to 15 plus pounds. The Feather is currently the best bite on the CV. With LOTS of fish still moving through the coastal waters of the Sonoma coast and out the Golden Gate we will see only better action in the weeks ahead.

Sacramento River/Metropolitan Area:
Alan Fong of the Sacramento Fishermen’s Warehouse reported the salmon bite opened up within the last couple of days from Rio Vista north to Freeport.
Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing was at Garcia Bend earlier in the week, and he didn’t see a fish caught along with no carcasses at either the cleaning station or the surrounding garbage cans.

Sacramento River:
On the upper Sac Guide Dave Jacobs is seeing improving action by the week. He is putting his clients into a two fish to a fish per rod both bouncing bait and back trolling plugs. Dave says the key to to find a slot or hole to your own and work over the ever increasing numbers of fish that are working into the Canyon to Hamilton City section.

James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service was at Verona on Sunday for tough action on Sunday 9-11. They ended up with two salmon at 18 pounds apiece, but he said, “The big school that had been there for a few days has moved on up, and a nice school moved through in the morning, but we lost our fish near the boat. We went downriver to Rio Ramaza for our two salmon on two passes after spending five hours with a blank screen at Verona. We scored with blue Silvertron spinners trolled downstream in 12 to 18 feet of water at 3.3 to 3.6 mph.”

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Sustainable Delta’s’ desire to lower the size limit and raise the bag limit for striped and largemouth bass has been withdrawn by the organization.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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