The Reel Life: Productive Days on Lake Berryessa and the Shore | Sports


Lakes and rivers

I have to say, Nathan Kelsch of Big Nate’s Guide Service knows how to find the fish on Lake Berryessa.

He had two clients on the lake one day this week and they caught 21 fish and lost 10 more by 10am. They landed 10 Eagle Lake rainbows, nine king salmon, bass and a pike minnow, formerly known as a squaw fish.

Oceans and bays

One of my high school friends, Bobby Cabrera, was nice enough to invite me to Dear Martha this week. Reports were good with limits or close limits at Montara Beach near Crescent Bay the previous two days. Ocean conditions were ideal with no wind or swell. Water conditions looked good except for some jellyfish and gourds floating around in the water.

At the end of the day the boat ended up with nine salmon and two halibut for 25 pounds for 14 anglers. Not the best day, but I landed one of the quality halibut. I almost had a salmon that weighed about 20 pounds, but the line broke before the crew could net the fish.

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Pacific Angler Ross Corbett took his boat to Fort Bragg to try albacore fishing. On back-to-back days, his crew landed more than 40 fish. They also had bonus dorados. Even the bluefin was hooked, but they couldn’t land the fish. The warm water run is only 10 miles from the coast.

Reel Obsession Sportfishing out of Fort Bragg has the biggest albacore price of the week, 45 pounds.

Results of the 2022 waterfowl population survey

The US Fish and Wildlife Service released its 2022 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS, the Canadian Wildlife Service and other partners.

Total populations in the traditional study area are estimated at 34.2 million breeding ducks, which is 12% less than the 2019 estimate of 38.9 million and 4% below the long-term average (since 1955).

Senior researcher of DU Dr. “Although the beneficial effects of late winter and spring precipitation were evident with high pond counts on the eastern prairie, the total duck estimate in the traditional study area was the lowest in nearly 20 years,” said Steve Adair. . “Duck declines reflect the effects of low production caused by several years of prairie drought, including 2021, the most severe and widespread drought in nearly four decades. But the survey revealed some bright spots for duck populations, providing optimism for good yields this summer and favorable pond conditions to carry over into the fall and winter.

Whether it’s good news or bad, Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam said Ducks Unlimited believes in following the science.

“We are grateful to our federal, state and provincial partners for continuing to conduct surveys to collect the data we all rely on,” he said. “This year’s survey revealed a lower breeding duck population than many expected, partly as a result of the drought we’ve experienced over the past few years. While we never want to see these declines, we know that prairie drought can increase wetland productivity and set the stage for waterfowl success when water returns. We will not stop working toward our vision of a sky full of waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever.”

America’s first waterfowl refuge is dry

The Klamath Basin is dry! America’s first national wildlife refuge, first established by Theodore Roosevelt to protect waterfowl, is a barren prairie. Millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and other important wildlife species will have nowhere to rest, refuel and prepare for migration there or in the neighboring Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This could have permanent, lasting impacts on migratory birds and native wildlife along the Pacific Flyway.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service released this news on August 26: “Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges will be closed to all public upland game and waterfowl hunting during the fall/winter 2022-23 season. Beginning September 17, 2022 and continuing through March 10, 2023, this closure affects upland gamefowl seasons, general waterfowl seasons, special group waterfowl hunts (youth, veterans, women) and late season duck and goose hunts will do. “The decision to close the hunting season is based on ongoing and severe drought conditions and a lack of available habitat, including food, water and shelter, to support upland game and migratory waterfowl.”

While this is absolutely humiliating for outdoor athletes everywhere, there is a solution on the table that gives hope to a future that was once a reality.


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