FEBRUARY 15, 2017 LET’S GO FISHING - February 10, 2017
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
LET'S GO FISHING
When weather conditions permit, the only thing going on out on the Delta waterways is the excellent sturgeon fishing on the Sacramento River and further downstream into the Suisun and Grizzly Bay area. You are advised to be aware of the extremely high water flowing through the system and boaters should use caution when plying the Delta and Bay waters to avoid running into trees and other heavy debris on and just under the surface. The water is roily and a soupy brown loaded with nutrients making it ideal for sturgeon fishing. You are advised to anchor your boat out of the tidal flows and fish less turbulent water and dunk either eel strips, ghost shrimp, pile worms and blood worms or a combination of several baits. The only striped bass action recently has been a few 22 inches taken off the Antioch Public Fishing Pier on shad and mud suckers. Just a reminder for those fishing for sturgeon that a new 2017 Sturgeon Report Card must be in your possession prior to your next fishing adventure.
SAN PABLO BAY
The sturgeon action is centered around the “sturgeon triangle” dunking ghost shrimp, mud shrimp and lamprey eel off China Camp State beach, the Pumphouse and Buoy 5 off Point Pinole. As of late the bite has been spotty because of high tides and violent winds. Presently there is major herring spawn taking place in San Francisco Bay and sturgeon fishermen are advised that during this event there is a closure on sturgeon fishing at the following locations. Sturgeon may not be taken in the following described area between January 1 and March 15; That portion of San Francisco Bay included within the following boundaries: Direct line between Point Chauncy (National Marine Fisheries Laboratory) and Point Richmond, the San Francisco-Oakland bay bridge and a direct line between Point Lobos and Point Bonita.
The only charters heading into ocean waters are in Bodega Bay where a few are running out for sand dabs and some Dungeness crab pot pulling where limits of crab and dabs are the rule. You are advised to call ahead to check on weather conditions.
Water is starting to clear with shoreline fishermen finding the best action with the top 5 feet of the surface in close to the shore for quality trout. The best baits include trout dough bait with garlic, Power Eggs or night crawlers are working best. The concessionaires have dropped the fishing fee from $9.00 to $7.00. Camping reservations start Friday, February 10 at 8:00 a.m. The Annual Tagged Trout Derby continues until March 19, 2017.
Lake Camanche remains the top lake for Northern California bass and trout fishermen. This past week another 1200 pounds of Mt. Lassen Hatchery rainbows were split between the North Shore and the South Shore Fishing Ponds.
TAKE TIME TO ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS. UNTIL NEXT TIDE STAY SAFE .
JAY’S BEST BETS
Suisun Bay - sturgeon
San Pablo Bay - sturgeon
Bodega Bay - sand dabs, Dungeness crab
Lake Camanche - trout
Amador Lake - trout
Los Vaqueros Reservoir - trout, striped bass
CDPH WARNS CONSUMERS NOT TO EAT SPORT-HARVESTED BIVALVE SHELLFISH FROM MENDOCINO COUNTY
The California Department of Public health (CDPH) advises consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Mendocino County because dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this region.The PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin. This warning does not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources. State law permits only State certified commercial shellfish harvesters and dealers are subject to mandatory testing to monitor for toxins.
You can get the most frequent information on shellfish advisories and quarantines by calling CDFH’s toll-free Shellfsh Information Line at (800) 553-4133. For additional information please visit the CDPH Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Webpage. Additional information by calling Ali Bay or Corey Egel at (916) 440-7259
ORIGINAL STURGEON DERBY FINAL RESULTS
The Foundation Sportsman’s Club Original Sturgeon Derby was held on Saturday and Sunday, February 4th and 5th, 2017 out of Mc Avoy Harbor in Baypoint, Ca. This annual event was sponsored by Foundation Sportsman’s Club. At this year’s event only 851 participants paid an entry fee of $30 as opposed to over 1000 participants in 2016 Inclement weather conditions were probably a major factor in the lower attendance. The target length drawn was 58” for the 2 day event with 14 cash prizes awards to the lucky anglers coming the closest to the target length. Here for your information is the final results of the 2017 Foundation Sportsman’s Club Original Sturgeon Derby:
Payout Saturday Sunday
1st Place $5318.00 Eduardo Lucatero 57 9/16” Joseph Shade 57 3/4”
2nd Place $2127.00 Michael Johnson 58 7/16” Daniel Weir 58 5/16”
3rd Place $1037.00 Vernon Jones 58 1/2” Ba Nguyen 59”
4th Place $850.00 Oleg Melnichuk 56 5/8” Amy Fiala 56 15/16”
5th Place $531.00 Patricia Farmer 59 1/16” Mark Wiegel 56 5/8”
6th Place $425.00 Larry Turner 56 3/4” Joseph Pato 59 11/16”
7th Place $320.00 Steve Veeningen 56 1/2” Fred Luxford 59 11/16”
CSBA CRAB & PASTA FEED TO BENEFIT KIDS
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - The West Delta chapter of the California Striped Bass Association will be conducting their 8th Annual Crab and Pasta Feed. This event will be held at the Brentwood Veterans Memorial building, 757 First St., Brentwood, Ca. Activities will include a silent auction, live auction, raffles and the 50/50 card game. All proceeds from the event will help support the 2017 FREE KIDS FISHING DERBY. Tickets limited to the first 250. Tickets $50 each.
For more information or tickets, call Roger Lund at (925)754-3938.
HUMBOLDT STEELHEAD FISHING CONTEST RUNS THROUGH MARCH 31
The Humboldt Steelhead Days is a three month long celebration designed to bring awareness to the iconic steelhead thriving in the waters of Humboldt County. This event is held during the peak of the run from January 1 to March 1 when Humboldt Steelhead Days bring anglers from across the nation to compete for a chance to catch the legendary fish of a thousand casts, with a prize pool of more than $10,000! All of the proceeds go toward building community awareness, protection, and river restoration on three major watersheds: the Eel, Trinity and Mad Rivers.
Humboldt steelhead days features 3 months of angling events spawning and river restoration tours, expos and seminars, brewery tours, discount lodging and more. Humboldt Steelhead Days sponsors include the Mad River Alliance, Mad River Brewing Company Pacific Outfitters, Stillwater Sciences, Green Diamond Resource company, north coast regional Land Trust, Salty’s Supply Company, Bait,Tackle, Surf, The Pacific Watershed Associates and California Trout. For more information go to: HumboldtSteelheadDays.com.
FUTURE PRO NEW MELONES BASS TOURNAMENT
February 18, 2017 - Future Pro holds their bass tournament at New Melones Reservoir. Be part of the west coast’s
hottest bass fishing circuit by signing up for this event. For more information call Vince Harris at (916) 768-0938
FLY FISHING SHOW
February 24-26, 2017 - The annual fly fishing show takes place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Ca.
This is the show where you find everything a fly fisherman would want to know. There will be over 150 exhibitors and 21 celebrity anglers including Dan Blanton, Gary Borger and Hal Janssen. You will have the opportunity to test the latest rods and reels along with fly tying, knot tying and fly casting instructions from the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Admission: $15 adults, $2.00 for youth. Information: flyfishingshow.com
SACRAMENTO BOAT SHOW
March 9 - 12, 2017, 2017 - At Sacramento’s Cal Expo. Doors open at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.on Sunday. For more information go to sacramentoboatshow.com
or call (916)371-4239.
SANTA ROSA FISHING TACKLE AND DUCK DECOY SHOW
March 10-11, 2017 - This is the place to go for antiques. Collectibles, new and used fishing tackle and much more.
This annual event takes place at 1351 Maple Ave. in Santa Rosa, ca. For more information call (707) 539-3662
RENO BOAT SHOW AND RECREATION EXPO
March 17, 18,19, 2017 - Every outdoor sports and recreation enthusiast will appreciate the Reno Boat and Recreation
Expo. This show boasts the latest outdoor gear and accessories, adventure and travel, boats, RVs, camp trailers and
much more. The expo will be held at the Reno Convention Center. For more information call: (775) 885-2222
UPCOMING FUTURE PRO BASS TOURNAMENTS
March 25, 2017 - Lake Berryessa. Information: Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938
April 8, 2017 - Don Pedro Reservoir. Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938
April 22, 2017 - Folsom Lake. Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938
PINE FLAT RESERVOIR TEAM DERBY
April 22, 2017 - Pine Flat Reservoir Team Derby sponsored by Kokanee Power offers participants some awesome prizes that will be up for grabs. For more information please call Gary Coe: (916) 985-4943.
May 6, 2017 - Camanche Lake. Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938
May 13, 2017 - Clearlake. Call Vince Harris at (916)768-0938