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State Legislature Tries To Remove “Gamefish” Status From Striped Bass
In yet another ignorant display in the never ending parade of our government working against us as citizens of California….assemblywoman Jean Fuller, (R) Bakersfield, introduced the bill AB 1253 to take gamefish status away from California’s striped bass. AB 1253 will remove all protections that striped bass currently enjoy thus allowing unlimited harvest in all waters, fresh or salt, throughout the entire state. Even commercial harvest of striped bass will be legal if this bill becomes law.
Assemblywoman Fuller representing the interests of large water districts and big business farming in the Central Valley chooses to to ignore established and agreed upon facts regarding the alleged predation of California’s Delta smelt, salmon and steelhead by striped bass and uses this flimsy argument in an attempt to put an end to striper fishing on the west coast.
If you care about this fishery and are tired of our government trashing our rights and acting out on behalf of special interest groups now is the time for you to stand up be counted. If you own a business or represent a California business and can speak on it’s behalf we urge you to take up this fight by signing a prepared letter that will be sent to the state government. Of course the jack asses in our state government tend to ignore private citizens but they will listen to business interest that is why the business community must be heard from on this issue.
Please visit: http://saveourstripers.org/
Fishing the aqueduct
history of the fishery (pdf)
For those of you just getting
started in the thrill of striper fishing-a few facts from the
Department of Fish and Game.
Stripers were introduced
to California from the East Coast in 1879. They are migratory.
Most adults after spawning in the San Joaquin Delta & upper
Sacrament River move into the brackish & salt water for
summer & fall. Many feed from the
San Francisco Bay to Tomales Bay. Food in the San Francisco
Bay is mainly anchovies, shiner perch and herring. In the Delta
area threadfin shad & smaller fish are the main food. In
late fall & winter
some fish move upstream to the fresh water in the Delta & lower
Stripers spawn in water
61-69 degrees from April thru mid-June. About one third of the
spawning takes place in the San Joaquin River between the Antioch
Bridge & the mouth of Middle
River. The other two thirds spawn in the Sacramento River between
Sacramento & Colusa. These rivers are critical to the
two public piers in Antioch adjacent to the San Joaquin river.
March-April peak season.
There are two popular striper fishing
locations at the river: the Palo Verde Diversion Dam, and Lake Havasu.
fish dash upstream to the dam after the spawn when the water
Temps warm, typically Late March and April. They stay still late June
Shore anglers fish from a Division of Fish and
Game access site at the dam base. White bucktail jigs reportedly
Palo Verde Dam stripers average 6
-10 pounds each with a few 15 or 20 pounders landed each year.
DFG people suggest anglers cast straight out or upstream and allow
the offering to “bounce with the current. The
current here is swift. As an alternate technique, fishing slack-water
pools and eddies with chicken-liver or anchovy attached to a No.
2 hook mounted above a one-ounce sinker.
Typical morning and evening
windows offer the best fishing hours of day, he said.
in the Colorado river designate Lake Havasu as the best place.
The first is directly beneath major power lines that stretch across
the reservoir near Parker Dam, and where the water is a deep 60-70
feet. Stripers are found at the bottom or on the surface,
no in-between. Drift your boat off any point extending into
the lake using chunks of anchovy for bait.
The Lake Havasu Fisheries
Improvement Program, a multi-party partnership that includes the Bureau
of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish, California Fish and Game,
Anglers United, and others, has established four, 24-hour, free-access,
public fishing locations along the river shoreline. With parking lots,
fish cleaning stations, and fishing docks that extend out into the
lake, the fully developed installations are lighted for 24-hour fishing,
have on-site restroom facilities, and are surrounded with an artificial
habitat designed to both attract and cultivate the lake's black bass,
pan fish and catfish populations, all of which attract predacious striped
bass. Located on the lake's
Arizona side, the special sites are; Havasu Springs and
Take Off Point, both located adjacent to Parker Dam; Mesquite Bay,
at the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, and Site Six, both in Lake
There is no Colorado River striped bass size limit, and the
daily bag and possession limit is 10 fish. California residents must
possess a valid California Sport Fishing License affixed with a $3,
Colorado River Special Use stamp.
Record Striped Bass 67.8 lbs
Department of fish and Game
Striped Bass information Page
Dept of boating and waterways
Cal Coastal Marine forecast
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Sacramento River Striper fishing reports
Stripers begin showing in
the Sacramento metro in early March throughout the summer and again
another good run takes place in the fall Schoolies up to 10 lbs
are always present between the spring and fall runs when the likehood
of much larger bass are more likely
Feather River The river empties into the Sacromento
River and in the spring time large stripers can be found
here. These fish are marine fish from the Bay and can top 50 lbs.
Striped Bass are found here also in March and stay till the fall. Stripers
live in the river year-round, although the best fishing is in the
spring, summer, and early fall. The bigger bass are caught in the
big deep holes below Watt Avenue, which is the takeout for most of
the fly-rod fishing in the river. However, small to medium-size bass
swim throughout the entire upper river, especially after midsummer
when water temperatures rise. Like bass everywhere, they prefer to
feed early and late in the day.
Vista River Striped Bass festival
distribution of striped Bass put together by Dr. Peter Moyle
and his graduate student Paul Randall of the Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Biology at UC Davis for the
Nature Conservancy as part of their Hexagon Project.
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