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Dustin Rocksvold

Dustin Rocksvold

My friend Gary and I fished Indian Creek Reservoir on 7/31/15.  We fished from just before 10 AM until 4:30 Gary landed 7 fish, I landed 9.  All of our fish were caught in the deeper end of the lake near the dam.  

The hot flies were a pheasant tail and a hare's ear, both around size 14-16.  Both of us caught a few cutthroat trout in the mix with the rainbows.  The weather was very unpredictable with the wind changing directions over and over.  There was a little rain, though not heavy.  Air temps were in the 80's, a nice break from the 100's we were seeing ont he other side of the hill.

 

On June 25 Congressman David Valadao introduced HR 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act in the House of Representatives. This bill would override key state and federal environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act and would be another step toward extinction of the Delta smelt. There are two issues, in particular, that directly affect fisheries. It calls for the elimination of all non-native predator species in the Stanislaus River, including striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and black bass. It has been a key argument of water districts that use Stanislaus water that predator species are decimating salmon. This argument is a ruse to distract from the impact of reduced water flows on salmon. The bill also would legislatively declare that all state and federal laws, including the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act, would be satisfied by the existence of a warm water fishery in the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam, but upstream of Gravelly Ford. This would eliminate all efforts to reintroduce salmon to the San Joaquin, and certainly would preclude it as a trout fishery. There are many other terrible ideas in this bill, many of which involve the selective use of science, but those should be enough to oppose it. You can see the entire bill at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2898. The bill is being fast-tracked and needs immediate action. It’s likely to pass the House but it can be stopped in the Senate. Please make call Senator Barbara Boxer's office at (202) 224-3553 and Senator Diane Feinstein’s office at (202) 224-3841 to register your opposition. Your phone call is an extremely important message, and she will pay attention to it!

 

In response to continued extreme drought conditions, the Fish and Game Commission has established a quick response process to temporarily close fisheries experiencing degraded environmental conditions that may affect fish populations or their habitat. The criteria are intended to ensure that fisheries are protected under critical conditions stemming from the drought. These criteria will be monitored in statewide inland fisheries, and they will be evaluated on a water by water basis over time as conditions change.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife will maintain a list of closed waters and update that list on Wednesday of each week by 1:00 pm. In the event that water conditions change later in the week, the fishing status for each specific water will not change until the day following the next Wednesday. It will be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number below or go to the department’s website at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations to obtain the current status of any water. The number to call for information is (916) 445-7600.

So call before you go fishing to ensure the water you wish to fish is open. If your trip extends over a Wednesday, call again to be sure its status has not changed.

Thanks to Lowell Ashbaugh, NCC Conservation VP for the IFFF for the heads up on this.

The Amador Flyfishers and the Calaveras Fly Fishers held a joint outing to Heenan Lake on Saturday October 11th.  

There were quite a few members and guests present.  There was a large crowd there when I arrived at about 9:30.  Looking towards the dam when I was heading out I saw 17 people between myself and the dam.

I down the west side of the lake back to the area that I had done well at the trip before.  

I fished Heenan Lake with my friend Gary on Sunday 9-14-14.  We got on the water around 3:00 PM hoping to catch the evening bite.

There were two other anglers fishing near the boat ramp.  One of them tied into a fish right as we got onto the water.  I thought that was a good sign and was hopeful that since we pretty much ahd the lake to ourselves we would have a good evening of fishing.

Lance Gray and Company have developed some really cool handbooks for some of Northern California's best waters.  

Their American River Shad Handbook is packed with handy information regarding access points, flies, techniques, resources and guides.  Along with the great information they have also included some spectacular photography.  Check out their handbooks today.

 

Gary once again dragged me away from my retaining wall project (kicking and screaming) to spend another day traipsing around the high Sierras in search of wild trout.  This time I convinced Cindy to bring Katy the wonder dog along for the adventure.  We parked at the lot just east of the Kirkwood Inn and made our way over the hill and through the woods to meadow below.  The flows were running at 50 CFS, apparently in the effort to draw down Caples Lake to make room for the spring runoff, assuming we actually get a winter that is.  We had some luck fairly quickly, with Brook Trout that were eager to take our flies.  

My friend Gary and I took a trip up Highway 88 on Friday 8/15 in search of some fishable water.  We had heard that the flow in Blue Creek was around 8 CFS, shich sounded a little skinny to us.  We decided to stop and take a look at Red Lake Creek in the meadow by the red corral.  What we found was water that was very off-color with algae, apparently coming from Red Lake itself.  We tried our usual suspect flies and did not have that much luck.  We did not have a rise until just before 10:00.  

Saturday May 31 found several members of the Amador Flyfishers on the West Carson in Hope Valley teaching the on the water portion of our introduction to fly fishing class.  After lunch the group broke up and headed off to fish separate areas.  Ron Calvert and I headed over to Red Lake Creek to check it ot.  At our last meeting we had heard reports of beaver dams all over the creek and we wanted to check them out.

We found lots of beaver dams, no disappointment there.  The creek had changed quite a bit since the last time I fished it, a lot of that change coming from the beaver dams.  The fish seemed to be spookier than I remember, but after a few lessons learned by spooking a whole pool of fish we figured out how to be more stealthy.  Once that lesson was learned, we started to hook into some of the feisty brook trout that were inhabiting the beaver ponds.  They did not seem to have a preference for mayflies or caddis flies as they attacked both with abandon.  We both managed to hook up with over twenty fish in about 3 hours of fishing.

Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) introduced the Mokelumne Wild and Scenic bill (SB 1199) in April. This is an opportune time for TU to come in and rally support to protect the proposed 37 miles of river between Salt Springs and Pardee.

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors recently unanimously voted in support of the bill, and now efforts are focused on getting the support of EBMUD.

There is an upcoming meeting at EBMUD Tuesday May 13th at 1 pm in Oakland. I know it's in the middle of the day, but if any of you or anyone from your chapters could attend and perhaps speak as a representative of the the "sportsmens" voice, that would be great!