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Guide to teach while finding fishing spots

BRENT RANDOL

Lakes and rivers

Big Nate’s Guide Service continues to have success at Lake Berryessa for trout and salmon. Nate Kelsch offers a unique idea, what he calls a “consultation trip,” where he guides your boat and teaches techniques, locations and the most effective use of downriggers and electronics. Boundaries have been the rule.

King salmon are still more abundant than Eagle Lake rainbows and Kokanee are nowhere to be found. With warming temperatures, the fish are at the top in the morning and moving as deep as 80 feet in the middle of the day. Speedy Shiners are the most popular lure, fished without a dodger or knives.

Oceans and bays

The California Dawn reported a wide open bite in San Francisco Bay. They ended up with a maximum of striped bass and an average of one and a half fish per rod on the halibut. California Dawn 1 and 2 combined to score 108 striped bass (54 limits with crewfish) and 77 halibut to 26 pounds floating live bait on the Berkeley Flats.

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The Lovely Martha also found solid action. On a recent trip, they caught double limits early and finished with nine limits of halibut (18) and nine limits of striped bass before noon.

The Tomales Bay halibut bite was fair to good when the tides were low. The water temperature is around 50 degrees close to the mouth, but water warms up to 60 degrees near Inverness. Most fishermen are trolling, but some drift if they can catch live smelt or anchovies.

J&P Aas opens

J & P Bait, located at Pier 47 in San Francisco, opened for live bait season on May 26. The store is open seven days a week, Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Friday to Sunday from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Prices are $40 for a half scoop of bait and $60 for a full scoop. They currently have both sardines and anchovies in stock.

CWA fundraising dinner in St. Helena, August 3

The California Waterfowl Association has announced the revitalization of its St. Helena chapter and will hold a fundraising banquet there at the Native Sons Hall on August 3 at 5 p.m. The banquet will include a live and silent auction and a raffle. All proceeds go to waterfowl in California. There is a steak dinner with a hosted bar on tap. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Stefano Particelli at (707) 287-3443. This is a family friendly event.

Salmon regulations

With the closure of California’s ocean salmon fishery in 2024, California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials are reminding fishermen of important rules regarding the transportation of salmon taken from Oregon to California.

In ocean waters, salmon caught in Oregon fisheries are not allowed to be landed in California. However, it is legal for Californians to trailer their vessels and fish from Oregon ports under applicable Oregon fishing licenses, regulations and reporting requirements. Salmon harvested in Oregon may be brought overland to California if accompanied by a California Declaration for Entry Form. The declaration must be completed on or before the time of entry. A copy of the completed return will be submitted to CDFW within 24 hours of the time of entry.

On May 16, the National Marine Fisheries Service – on the advice of the Pacific Fishery Management Council and West Coast fisheries agencies, including CDFW – took action during the season to implement a landing limit at the Oregon-California border for the recreational salmon fishing in Oregon waters. just north of California. The new requirement states that all salmon caught under Oregon’s sport fishing regulations in the area between Humbug Mountain and the Oregon-California border, also known as the Oregon Klamath Management Zone, for the 2024 fishing season north of the Oregon-California border California must be landed.

Overfishing in the US at an all-time low

The number of fish on the government’s overfishing list sank to a new low last year, a sign of healthy U.S. fisheries, federal officials said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an updated analysis of U.S. fisheries late last week through its annual “Status of the Stocks” report, which assesses the populations of the fish species that fishermen catch and that customers purchase. The report states that 94% of fish stocks are not subject to overfishing, which is slightly better than a year ago.

The US has successfully removed several important fish stocks from the overfishing list, NOAA said in a statement. This includes the stock of Atlantic mackerel in the Gulf of Maine and Cape Hatteras and the stock of cubera snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

The NOAA report comes as international governments and non-governmental organizations have sought to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing around the global ocean. In Europe, the European Commission has made efforts to prioritize deterring unsustainable fishing practices.

Removing species from the overfishing list shows the U.S. is making progress, said Rick Spinrad, NOAA administrator.

“By ending overfishing and rebuilding fish stocks, we are strengthening the value of America’s fisheries to the economy, our communities and marine ecosystems,” said Spinrad.

The US has also made progress in recent years in removing fish species from the overfishing list. The overfishing list reflects species with unsustainably high harvest rates.

NOAA also maintains a list of overfished stocks. These are species whose total population size is too small. According to the agency, that number also fell slightly last year. More than 80% of fish stocks are not overfished, the agency said in its report.

NOAA said it was able to remove bluefish on the Atlantic coast and a coho salmon stock on the Washington coast from the overfished list. The agency said it has also added a few species, including Mid-Atlantic summer flounder, to the lists.

Commercial fishermen harvested more than 8 billion pounds of fish worth nearly $6 billion in 2022, the agency said.

Brent Randol can be reached at [email protected] or (707) 481-3319.

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