Posts Tagged ‘Fishing’

Big October Rainbow

October 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Beautiful fish, Sam!



Yellowstone National Park….. Coyote Fishing for Cut Throat Trout

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

They say this is a coyote. I think it may be a small wolf because of the collar. ……What an awesome video

The Best Videos of Catch Magazine – Season Three

April 25, 2012 1 comment

This is a cool video

Catch Magazine


April 20, 2012 2 comments

Symptoms: Continual complaints as to the need for fresh air, sunshine, running water and relaxation. Blank expression, often deaf and blind to family. Frequent checking of tackle catalogs. Wanders around sporting goods stores. Frequent, secret late-night phone calls to fishing pals. Mumbles to self. Lies to everyone.

Treatment: Disease is rarely fatal.  No medication has been found effective.  Victim should go fishing as often as possible to alleviate severity of symptoms.  NO KNOWN CURE.

Thank you,   Shannon Mascari

The Bears are Awaking in Yellowstone. A Touch of Spring

April 3, 2012 1 comment
Bicycles On Roads
angling fees raised
.. The Public Affairs Office at Yellowstone National Park has been more active, lately, than usual. That’s a sure sign that they’re waking up along with the bears. .. The following news releases and information sources may be germane to your early Spring visitation.
1] Bears are awake, hungry, and dangerous, LINK,
 2] Seasonal bear closures, LINK,
 3] Bicycle travel prior to motorized travel, LINK,
 4] Angling fees raised, LINK,
 5] General Information page, LINK,
 6] Child porn case prosecuted, LINK,
 7] Yellowstone tweets, LINK,
8]  News releases, LINK,
 9] Current road conditions, LINK.
Thank You Flyfishing Yellowstone

Falls fall at Yuba City’s Shanghai Bend

February 14, 2012 1 comment

From shore, it seemed like little more than a steep curb that made the water drop and swirl.

But Shanghai falls had been a prized fishing spot along the Feather River near Shanghai Bend.

The clay berm that once kept stripers, shad, steelhead trout and salmon in a holding pattern beneath the water’s surface is no more.

“It just wore out and gave way,” Sutter County Supervisor Stan Cleveland says of the natural landmark’s quiet death in mid-January.

The erosion had been a slow underwater process, according to Joe Johnson, senior environmental scientist for California Fish and Game.

“We’re kind of familiar with that section of the river, and it’s always been deteriorating,” he says.

The next year will tell just how much of an effect the loss will have on fish counts.

“It did congregate fish,” Johnson says of the traffic jam created by a lack of egress upstream. “I doubt that spot is gonna slow them down now.”

The start of striper season is only a month away, and with so little rain this winter, Bob Boucke, owner of Johnson’s Bait & Tackle on Garden Highway, says he was not optimistic even before the falls collapsed.

He says he stands to lose some of his regular shore fishing business because of the underwater terrain change. Shore fishermen make up roughly a third of his shop’s income.

“It’s gonna make it a lot harder. The fishing’s just going to be different now in that area,” he says. “Now the fish can just shoot right through that spot.”

On just about any day of the year — even during the off-season — solo fishermen traipse down the trails and across the expanse of sand known as Shanghai Bend, bearing fishing poles and tackle boxes.

Most aren’t serious sportsmen, but rather just folks looking to relax.

“It’s a sentimental thing,” says Boucke. “There’s a lot of people just like to sit out there and watch the falls.”

Area kids often have their first fishing experience on the bank nearby.

“I don’t know of any living person that doesn’t remember the falls,” says Marysville Councilman Dale Whitmore, who is also a California Fish and Game biologist.

On weekends during good runs, “it was probably the best spot on the Feather River besides the outlet up in Oroville,” says Boucke.

Cleveland has been part of a multi-agency committee that had been studying the plausibility of shoring up the badly eroded falls.

The Lower Feather River Corridor Management Planning Group includes representatives from the Department of Water Resources, state and federal conservation agencies and local governments.

Among items on the group’s most recent meeting agenda was the Shanghai falls issue.

“They just finished a study four or five weeks ago,” says Cleveland. “They said it would be a couple more years before the water would break through.”

But one week later, there were no longer falls left to discuss.

A ripple of tiny rapids still marks the area near the once-sharp river bend.

Flood years stressed and eventually broke through the Yuba City levee there in 1955, and the subsequent remediation efforts created what, for fishermen, amounted to a wide expanse of beach.

Boucke says the falls, like the levee breach, could be fixed.

“It wouldn’t be a hard thing to do,” he says. “Build a barrier of rocks — the silt would eventually fill it in.”

But he realizes investment in a remedy for a broken fishing hole would no doubt be a tough sell.

Cleveland is even more skeptical.

“It’s a wonderful spot. But if it’s a natural process of the river, should we interfere?” he says.

Johnson says a potential silver lining in the loss of the falls might be represented by a large fish that has, until now, made only infrequent appearances in the area.

“Sturgeon can’t pass barriers like that,” he says of the falls. “This does open up a chance for them to get up a little farther.”

It’s all speculation, however.

Boucke says that right now, he is banking on predictions for a great salmon season this summer.

And he’s keeping his fingers crossed for late winter rains.

“Lack of rain is a disastrous thing,” he says. “And it looks like a desert out there now.”

Thank you JD @ Fly Fishing Frenzy and the Appeal Democrat 

No-Fishing Rule Roils Southern California

January 23, 2012 1 comment
Green: Politics

When California’s then-governor, Gray Davis, signed into law the sweeping Marine Life Protection Act in 1999, state wildlife officials knew they’d have a fight on their hands.

The act was designed to simplify and strengthen a byzantine array of existing marine reserves and fishing regulations to create a coherent “ecosystem-based” policy of marine protection meant to allow fish populations, which have been in severe decline, to recover.

Later, the Arnold Schwarzenegger administration divided the state’s 1,100-mile coast into five regions and encouraged the participation of stakeholder groups that would hash out the location, size and scope of the reserves.  Conservationists, scientists, fishermen, policy-makers and the public weighed in on the new regulations, each pushing hard for varying degrees of protection.

The meetings were often contentious, with commercial and sport fishermen claiming that the reserves would spell doom to their way of life. Some saw an aggressive green agenda at work. “What the environmentalists wanted, they wanted to take it all, “ said Michael Thompson, co-owner of Newport Landing Sport Fishing in Newport Beach, Calif. “They wanted to leave us with nothing.”

After much debate, the first phase of the plan went into effect in September 2007, with the creation of 21 reserves encompassing 20 percent of a 350-mile arc of the central California coast. A second phase began in May 2010, with the creation of 29 reserves encompassing approximately 153 square miles, or about 20 percent, of state waters from San Mateo County to Santa Barbara County.

But perhaps the biggest test of the law began on Jan. 1, when reserves went into effect in Southern California, the state’s most populous region. The California Fish and Game Commission began enforcing the new regulations on some 50 marine reserves from Point Concepcion, near Santa Barbara, to the border with Mexico.

The reserves protect about 350 square miles of state waters, putting over 10 percent of the coastline off limits to any kind of fishing or even shell collecting along the beach or in tidal areas. Environmentalists hail the effort as a major milestone in marine conservation.

“No other state has attempted this nor has any state tried  to set up as exhaustive and detailed a process,” Greg Helms, a program manager for the Ocean Conservancy in Santa Barbara, said. “It’s a national first, and we know that other states other places around the world are watching.”

In late December, I visited one of the hotly contested new marine reserves in Laguna Beach to produce a video about the effort. The area is favored by fishermen and lobstermen, who say they have lost some of their most cherished fishing grounds. Rodger Healy, a lobsterman featured in the video,says the new reserves may deal him a major blow.

“I stand to lose probably 60 to 65 percent of the area I fish,” he said. “Depending on the year, it’s probably 75 percent of my income.”

Michael Thompson of Newport Landing Sport Fishing  said he expected a similar drop in business. “We lost about 30 percent of our area,” he said. Mr. Thompson said he was now redirecting resources to other activities like whale watching, burials at sea and harbor cruises.

The California Department of Fish and Game said that there had been no citations or arrests related to violations of the rules.

Paul Hamdorf, assistant chief of law enforcement for the California Department of Fish and Game, said that “there have been violations, but since we’re just eleven days into it, we don’t want to issue a bunch of citations to people who make mistakes. We’re trying to educate now instead of making people angry.”

Conservationists and many scientists hail marine reserves as the best way to rebuild once-thriving fish populations in California, which in some species have declined by over 90 percent. They point to numerous studies showing the success of marine reserves around the world. In one scientific survey of more than 100 reserves worldwide, scientists found a 446 percent  average increase in biomass of animals and plants..

Locally, biologists monitoring fish populations and kelp within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary say they have documented a 70 percent increase in biomass within the reserve after only five years of protection.

“The difference inside the reserve versus outside the reserve is so dramatic,” David Kushner, a biologist with the National Park Service, said. “If you’re swimming underwater, it is pretty easy to see the difference. You’ll  see larger fish such as sheepshead and kelp bass and ocean white fish and large lobsters.

“Immediately upon swimming outside of the marine reserve, those fish are all of a sudden smaller and there’s fewer of them,” he said.

The ecosystem approach favored by the state of California is unparalleled. But questions abound over whether the economically strapped Department of Fish and Game will be be able to properly enforce the rules regarding the new reserves.

Indeed, some local conservation groups have taken it upon themselves to police the rocky tidal areas, posting volunteers who will gingerly inform recreational fishermen and shell-collecting beachcombers that they may be breaking the law.

“It’s a big change, and it should be a big boost to our marine life,” says Ray Heimstra, associate director of Orange County Coastkeeper. “It will create areas where they can recover and we can hopefully in a number of years see the types of populations we saw far in the past.”