Lower Sacramento River Report and Closure?
The Lower Sac has continued to kick out some great fishing over the past week. Still, we have yet to see the bigger hatches that the spring usually gives up. There are some spring Caddis still around, PMDs, March Browns and a few Salmonflies, but not in great numbers yet. Probably a symptom of the low water and more silt covering the gravel than usual.. Despite the lack of big bugs hatching the fish are still very healthy and eating well.
Other River News:
Some interesting news coming from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Follow the link above to read the entire article. Apparently, DFW thinks it will help protect our winter run Salmon to close all fishing upstream of the HWY 44 bridge (only taking away about a mile of trout water for us).. This seems like a pretty weak (and strange) effort, seeing as everybody that does fish this stretch targets trout.. Sure there is a very small percentage of by-catch that will occur and apparently that will cause enough harm to these fish? I would think that if CA DFW really wanted to provide some protection to these endangered fish, they’d limit the kill and take of Chinook Salmon below Anderson – where these fish are easily targeted and caught in the Summer and Fall. They might also be interested in making sure the flows aren’t dropped in the middle of November when these endangered, wild fish are in full spawn. The past couple of years have left a large percentage of salmon redds high and dry during the spawning season. A pretty sad sight. One thing this closure will do, is protect a lot of the wild spawning trout. I think any efforts to protect these fish are good, I just think this seems like a pretty bogus effort and there are much more effective ways to protect these endangered salmon.