August 27, 2016    Headlines

Central Bay Halibut & Salmon

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley

In the Napa River, Chad at Sweeney’s Sports in Napa reported a few stripers are taken in the Napa River on live or cut bait, and the troll and Rat-L-Trap bite is starting to come on.
On Thursday 8-25 and handful of salmon, possibly more were taken at Cal City. One regular reader from Sonoma reported that his brother took two this week including one of 30 pounds.
The striper action is still slow and most potluck party boats are running out the Gate for rockfish and Lings and salmon when time allows.
There are still good numbers of halibut in the Bay. Fish are being taken at Paradise, Angel Island, Berkeley flats and TI. Most are just legal size of 22-26" but there are some big flatties in the mix.


The big tides over the past week were a limiting factor for both striped bass and halibut, and most party boats are heading outside the Gate for rockfish and lings. The California Dawn finished up Shark Week with limits of 7-gill sharks on Friday 8-19, releasing another 8 of which 4 were over 100 pounds along with 3 leopards and 4 soupfin. That’s a lot of blood on the decks and meat hopefully processed in the freezers.
There are a few salmon being hooked every day in Cal City. The bite is by no means hot but the regulars are putting in a fish or two on many of their trips. Peak fishing is usually found at the top of the flood and the first part of the outgoing and smaller tides series is always best.
there are halibut to be found around Paradise, the North Bar, Crissy Field and out the Gate on the north and south bars. The flattie action will improve with the smaller tides.

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Sustainable Delta’s’ desire to lower the size limit and raise the bag limit for striped and largemouth bass has been withdrawn by the organization.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 ( proposed regulation changes. The Commission also received several thousand letter and petitions in opposition. 

John Buettler

Upcoming Events:
USAFishing proudly supports the many fishery and wildlife organizations that benefit anglers and hunters throughout Northern California. Does your organization have an upcoming event? Contact us at and we will gladly post the information on our reports page.

Golden Gate Salmon Association Events Calendar

Party Boat Information and Reservations Around the Bay

The Happy Hooker will be running potluck trips from the Berkeley Marina +1.510.223.5388

California Dawn will be running halibut and striper trips from the Berkeley Marina +1.510.417.5557

Emeryville Sportfishing Center is booking potluck trips on their fleet of 8 boats +1.510.654.604

Caught Fish? Looking for timely informative updates? Check out a FREE trial to the Northern California Hotsheet, California's fastest growing fishing newsletter. The Hotsheet is emailed three to four evenings per week direct to your desktop. No hunting the web for information or waiting on an outdated magazine to arrive in the mail. These in-depth reports keep you on top of what is happening TODAY so you can catch more fish tomorrow! Just $3.50 per month when you subscribe for one year. You can receive a free week's trial copy by e-mailing a request to





www usafishing Copyright © 2005 All rights reserved