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June 20, 2016    Headlines

 Delta Summer Grind Begins

Delta Report
By Dave Hurley
The Sacramento River Delta has moved into full summer mode with the arrival of triple-digit temperatures. Smallmouth bass are providing the best action in the rocky structure in the northern Delta while a few legal striped bass are landed on bait. Sturgeon fishing is limited to a few anglers since most Delta anglers are finding other venues for action.

Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle in Freeport reported Sunday 6-19, “There are a few straggling shad in the Delta, but most of the shad are up in the American River. Stripers are still in the Delta, but most of them are undersized. Legal fish can be taken on sardines, shad, or anchovies topped off with garlic spray. Smallmouth fishing is solid in the sloughs and along the rocky banks in the Sacramento River and Old Sacramento River, and deep-diving crankbaits in crawdad patterns, Senkos, or plastics on the drop-shot around 10 feet in depth are working as well as Spro lipless crankbait in shad patterns. Catfishing is good in the Deep Water Channel, the Port of Sacramento, or in any small slough with chicken livers or nightcrawlers. There are large bluegill landed on jumbo red worms off of the banks at the Delta Loop.”

Further downstream, Do Doung of Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported large stripers in excess of 20 pounds have been taken in Broad Slough with live splittail or with Sacramento pike, but these are few and far between. The winds were very fierce during the week, but the arrival of triple-digits will slow down the winds. Few fishermen have been out either due to the wind or the heat.” Dockside Bait is closing out their inventory due to the closure of the shop within the month. Rods and reels are now 20% off.

In Suisun Bay, the sturgeon fishing is extremely slow with very few fishermen out trying. The diamondbacks are there, but most shops are not even ordering ghost shrimp due to lack of demand.
Largemouth bass are the focus in the San Joaquin Delta, and the Future Pro Tour was the latest event on the Delta with Dan’s Delta Outdoors holding a Father’s Day event out of Big Break Marina.
Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento reported good action for largemouth bass with spinnerbaits or chatterbaits in the wind. He  said, “We landed largemouth bass to 9.75 pounds on a 3/8th-ounce chartreuse/white spinnerbait. My nephew, Michael, ‘Bub’ Fong has been doing really well on the San Joaquin by punching the weed mats with a Missile’s D Bomb under a 1.5- to 2-ounce tungsten punch weight. With this week’s triple digit temperatures, the bass will be hunkered down under the weeds.” Bub will be giving a seminar on punching the weeds on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m at the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento.

Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors reported Marc Young and Dave Newton took first prize at their Father’s Day tournament with a five-fish limit at 25.24 pounds with a 7.75-pound big fish.
Brandon Gallegos at H and R Bait in Stockton reported striped bass fishing has slowed down in the Stockton area, but the largemouth bass off of the Tracy Oasis is very good with nightcrawlers rigged like a Senko. He said, “Many fishermen are rigging the live worm Texas-style and then jigging it up and down along the weedlines. Squarebill crankbaits or lipless crankbaits are also working as the bass are feeding heavily on crawdads. There have been some large bluegill taken on wax worms or jumbo red worms in the sloughs with banks anglers targeting Whiskey Slough, Bacon Island Road, and along Tracy Blvd. I went on the San Joaquin River this week for striped bass, but all we managed was catfish from 2 to 6 pounds on large fresh shad. We have only been getting a few pounds on occasion this week, and the shadders are taking all night to pick up the 2 to 4 pounds of fresh shad.”

It’s all about smallmouth bass in the north or largemouth bass in the San Joaquin with the striped bass moving through the river system quickly.

On Thursday 6-16 Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported the slow tides and the winds created adjustments in technique this week with the necessity to slow down on the presentation. With the winds, the ounce Persuader spinnerbait in chartreuse/white is working along with the ima Squarebill crankbait in shad or bluegill patterns. The ima Rock N’Vibe in red/black or blue back with a chartreuse body is working as the crawdads are getting darker in color. The Heli P propbait or the ima Little Stick are a good choice when it is windy, but you have to slow down. Numbers of bass can be taken by flipping the Berkley Flat Dog or the Chigger Craw. He said, “You have to work it slow and stay in the strike zone. We ran into a group of small stripers earlier in the week on the San Joaquin, but when we made a few casts for them later in the week, they were all of the 8-inch variety.”

Lawsuit over Delta flows: Feds fail in oversight role, environmentalists say
Alex Breitler

Environmental groups sued federal regulators on Friday for allowing river flows in the fragile Delta to decline below levels that would normally be required even in the driest of years.
Repeatedly since 2014, state officials have elected to loosen flow and water quality standards in order to hold back more water in upstream reservoirs for later use by cities, farmers or wildlife.
This, despite the fact that the normal rules that determine how much water must flow through the Delta already contain provisions for drought years.
Friday’s lawsuit, filed at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, blames the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to oversee the state’s actions. The most recent tweaking of the rules came just this week, when staff with the State Water Resources Control Board agreed to reduce flows on the San Joaquin River at Vernalis in order to store more water upstream in seriously depleted New Melones Lake.
“It seems this has become the habit now, to waive these standards. We think that’s a bad habit,” said Kate Poole, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which sued along with The Bay Institute and Defenders of Wildlife.
The state has referred to the flow changes as “temporary” and “urgent,” given the severity of the drought. Normally the changes would require more environmental review, but Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought declaration in 2014 gave officials the ability to speed up the process.
Temporary though they are, the changes amount to rewriting the standards themselves, which have been in place since 1995 and are supposed to keep the Delta fresh for cities, farms and fish, the environmentalists argue in their lawsuit.
They target the EPA because the Clean Water Act requires federal approval to rewrite the flow standards.
The past two years have been “disastrous” for fish, the lawsuit says, from the diminutive Delta smelt to the salmon that migrate through the estuary to and from their native streams.
An EPA spokeswoman said the agency would not comment on pending litigation.
— Contact reporter Alex Breitler at (209) 546-8295 or abreitler@recordnet.com. Follow him at recordnet.com/breitlerblog and on Twitter @alexbreitler.

As California Water Infrastructure Crumbles,
Water Districts Consider Wasting $1.2 Billion on the Delta Tunnels
Advocates Say “Fix LA and Santa Clara First!”

Stockton, CA - Opponents of the Delta Tunnels today questioned the wisdom of state water districts investing another $1.2 billion in the plan while local water infrastructure in Santa Clara Valley and Los Angeles continues to leak and burst.
As reported by the 
San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday, “Silicon Valley's largest water provider will have to spend at least $20 million to drain, test and repair a critical water pipeline that failed last summer and may have more hidden problems.” The ruptured 8-foot-high, 31-mile-long concrete pipe brings up to 40 percent of the drinking water to Santa Clara County’s 1.8 million residents from the San Luis Reservoir in Merced County.
Los Angeles, leaking water mains and pipes lose eight billion gallons of water each year. The repairs to the Los Angeles water system will cost rate payers at least $1.3 billion and take at least a decade to fix.
State Needs Another $1.2 Billion to Keep the Tunnels Alive
Nancy Vogel, spokeswoman for the state Natural Resources Agency, has told both urban and agricultural water districts she will soon request from them another
$1.2 billion 
to fund engineering and design studies for the proposed Delta Tunnels project.

Fix LA and Santa Clara Valley First!
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta said: "It's absurd that the Santa Clara Valley Water District would even consider moving forward with raising millions of dollars from ratepayers to advance the Delta Tunnels project when they cannot maintain their own existing water infrastructure. The tunnels project, misnamed California Water Fix, and their propaganda arm, Californians for Water Security, sell the Delta Tunnels as needed to save California's water supply when, in truth, the Delta is not the weak link in the water delivery system. Californians lose 10 to 15 percent of our water supply each year due to water main breaks and leaky pipes in urban areas.  
“It is also ironic that pipes laid just 30 years ago by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are already corroded and breaking apart. If we cannot build and maintain an 8-foot pipe in the Santa Clara Valley Water District, what can we expect with two Delta tunnels, 40 feet wide, built in peat soil?

“Let’s instead spend precious ratepayer dollars to fix the decaying LA and Santa Clara Valley Water infrastructure before considering a massive new proposal with an Environmental Impact Report the EPA has already issued a failing grade of ‘inadequate’.”

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