September 14, 2018    Headline
Upper Sac Salmon Limits

Sacramento River/Metropolitan area:
Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing has been scouting out of Garcia Bend, and he put his father onto a quality salmon.
Uncle Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle said, “It was a dead day around here on Thursday 9-13 with no reliable information brought into the shop. There was a report of a number of salmon landed at Discover Park in the morning, but I don’t know how accurate this information is as no one that I know is salmon fishing right now. The flows on the American River came up from 1100 cfs to 1600 cfs, and this may attract more fish to the area. Right now, I think the mouth of the Feather at Verona is the best best for local fishermen, and it is clear that the salmon are moving up quickly as fresh fish arrived in the Barge Hole earlier this week.”

Feather River:
Johnson’s Bait in Yuba City reported excellent fishing in the Feather River from Live Oak through Gridley towards Oroville with Kwikfish, Flatfish, or drifting roe. A few fishermen are trolling spinners, but trolling or jigging has been on the downturn. The flows on the Feather were bumped up to 6100 cfs, and the flows should hold for another 10 days. The higher flows are attracting salmon coming out of the Sacramento River, and the fish are chrome-bright. One fish limits have been the rule for guides at the Outlet Hole, and there were several fishermen who were cited for trespassing in the No Trespassing area along the wall at the Outlet Hole last week and given $600.00 tickets.
On the Sacramento River, there are a few fish taken at the Barge Hole and also a few at Tisdale. All in all limits have been the rule for most anglers.


GGSA echoes State fish experts’ warning on proposed Sac Valley Reservoir

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The proposed Sites Reservoir Project in the Sacramento Valley would take water from the Sacramento River.

In comments filed with the California Water Commission, GGSA is echoing warnings from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that far more water is needed in the Sacramento than levels the backers of the proposed Sites Reservoir are planning to divert at.  The reservoir, proposed for the western Sacramento Valley, plans to divert river water even at low flows when it’s needed by salmon.

The idea that water can be diverted from the Sacramento River during low flows doesn’t square with levels needed to keep salmon healthy according to state fish and wildlife officials.

Backers of the new giant reservoir say it will help heal the environment.   The southern California’s Metropolitan Water District say their investment in the reservoir would only makes sense if the Delta tunnels project to move it around the Delta is built, which many now consider doubtful.

After GGSA call state water agency finally agrees to pay for tagging hatchery fish


After hard advocacy by GGSA, the California Dept of Water Resources (DWR) agreed to pay to mark and tag Feather River Hatchery fall run baby salmon.  These fish have been adipose fin-clipped and tagged for over 15 years, providing an unbroken series of data on survival and straying.  Until now, DWR has never paid for this even though they are obligated to as part of required mitigation for operation of the Oroville dam.  The cost had been borne by the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife using emergency drought funds which are now dried up.  CDFW was unable to resolve the dispute with DWR until GGSA got involved and successfully made the case with higher ups in state and federal government that paying for tagging and clipping is part of DWR’s mitigation responsibility.

Brown Administration Prepares for Smaller One Tunnel Project; Restore the Delta Responds
Read at our website

This afternoon, environmental reporter Paul Rogers of the San Jose Mercury News published a story declaring that the Brown Administration is revising their plan for CA WaterFix—a $17 billion water conveyance system that would move freshwater flows in the Northern Delta to the south—opting for a smaller single tunnel instead.
The original plan for CA WaterFix featured two 40 foot high, 35 mile long tunnels with a capacity of 9,000 cubic feet per second, while the single tunnel could carry anywhere from 3,000-6,000 cubic feet per second. Paul Rogers reported that the reasons for scaling back to one tunnel include a lack of funding and political support.
Executive Director of environmental watchdog group Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrila said,
The Brown Administration's effort to scale back to a single tunnel project—a project that has not been evaluated, scoped, or discussed with Delta stakeholders—smacks of desperation. What are the impacts? How will it be operated?  And considering past statements made by Metropolitan Water District's Jeff Kightlinger, why would we believe that a second tunnel wouldn't be added later?
If this is the project, then we believe there must be a redo for the permit application at the State Water Resources Control Board because to date, nothing has been presented regarding the operation and construction of a single tunnel.
If a single tunnel is running regularly in the North Delta, there must be a re-examination of the impacts on the salmon and Delta smelt fisheries by state and federal fishery agencies


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