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April 03, 2016    Headlines
Feather Stripers Picks Up With Hatchery Plants

Middle Sacramento
The striper action is heating up quickly on the middle Sac from Colusa to Verona and on up into the Feather. Raith Heryford with HR Guide's Service has been posting up solid reports every day this past week. He has been putting his clients into limits tossing swimbaits, lures and live minnows. Basically anyway you want to fish them they will bite. The fish are still mostly running in the 20 to 24 " class but they are seeing a few up into the 12 pound range. On Friday 4-1 he was in Colusa and sent in this picture left. Raith has some space open but you will want to get reservations soon.

Feather River
Manny with MSJ Guide Service has been reporting solid scores over on the Feather. Here too most are running 4 to 8 pounds with one striper of 15 pounds caught on Thursday 3-31. Manny says that after a big slide on the Yuba that colored the flows last week is subsiding and viz on the Feather is improving. Fishing is only going to get better in the weeks ahead as we head towards the peak spawn run. There are literally stripers from the middle Sac to San Pablo bay and with cold higher flows in the rivers we will see good action into mid May. 
I also want to take a quick minute to thank both Raith, Manny and Scott Feist for their generous donations of boat trips for the Santa Rosa GGSA dinner this past week. These guides understand that supporting salmon supports all our fisheries that are inter connected to the Sac Valley rivers and the Delta.


Feather River:
The Feather River is the place to be for striped bass fishermen with the high flows and new releases out of Oroville. There were smolt releases at Gridley and Boyd’s Pump on Thursday, bringing a number of guides into the area.
Long time guide Dave Jacobs reported wide open fishing on the middle Feather on Thursday 3-24. Dave said the release of salmon sprig run fish from the hatchery has turned the striper bite on. He and his clients are doing their best to thin out the bass and having a ball hooking and releasing scores of additional fish.
On Thursday 3-24 Raith Heryford of RH Guide Service in Yuba City said, “It is a wide open bite up here right now, and we have been scoring either trolling with P-Line Predator Minnows or Angry Eye Minnows and also with Yozuri Crystal Minnows in bright colors such as green. Pile worms are also working. The water muddied up near Boyd’s Pump on Thursday as the Yuba dropped so far that a large dirt bank caved in, bringing down plenty of mud. The minnow bite was slow, but the best water was down to Star Bend. We released a 14 pounder and a number of the stripers were in the 17 to 20-inch range. The river is stained dark near the mouth of the Yuba, but we trolled for 7 keepers within an hour before downriver. They dumped a ton of smolts in, but the muddy water will make it hard for the stripers to find the smolts, and I expect a number of them to make it downstream. The Sacramento River will be clear at the beginning of next week, and I expect to be fishing stripers and sturgeon in the Colusa area. It should be wide open also at Verona next week, and striper fishing should be unbelievable throughout both rivers.”
J.D. Richey of Richey’s Guide Service was on the Feather River on Thursday, and they caught and released over 30 stripers to 6 pounds spooning. He said, “The water was clear from the mouth of the Yuba River on Thursday, but when I drove over the Yuba later in the day, it was muddy again, and combined with the releases out of Oroville, we may have a few tougher days with the muddy water.”

Sacramento River Closure to Go Into Effect April 1

Cal F & W News Release

(Once again we see another example where Cal Fish and Wildlife uses fishing regulations as their top management tool. Fisheries need to be managed to benefit and support stable populations of fish.  Regulating angling and not all the other stresses on our fisheries such as water diversion and drought does NOTHING to support our many fisheries)

A temporary emergency regulation closing all fishing within 5.5 miles of spawning habitat on the Upper Sacramento River begins on April 1, 2016 and will remain in effect through July 31, 2016. Enhanced protective measures are also proposed in the ocean sport and commercial salmon fisheries regulations for the 2016 season.
The temporary emergency regulation closes all fishing on the 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River upstream to Keswick Dam. The area is currently closed to salmon fishing but was open to trout fishing. The temporary closure will protect critical spawning habitat and eliminate any incidental stress or hooking mortality of winter-run Chinook salmon by anglers.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) scientists believe the additional protection provided in the emergency river closure and potential ocean fishing restrictions will help avoid a third year of substantial winter-run Chinook salmon loss.
Historically, winter-run Chinook spawned in the upper reaches of Sacramento River tributaries, including the McCloud, Pit, and Little Sacramento rivers. Shasta and Keswick dams now block access to the historic spawning areas. Winter-run Chinook, however, were able to take advantage of cool summer water releases downstream of Keswick Dam. In the 1940s and 1950s, the population recovered, but beginning in 1970, the population experienced a dramatic decline, to a low of approximately 200 spawners by the early 1990s. The run was classified as endangered under the state Endangered Species Act in 1989, and as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1994.
The Fish and Game Commission adopted CDFW’s proposal for the 2016 temporary closure at its regularly scheduled February meeting.
Media Contact:
Jason Roberts, CDFW Northern Region, (530) 225-2131
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

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