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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Out of control weed turning California Delta into a disaster

Out of control hyacinth turning California Delta into a 
October 22, 2014 9:01pm

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•  Who is supposed to get rid of it?
•  “The hyacinth situation in parts of the California Delta has become”

Water hyacinth plants invade Village West Marina
(CVBT photos)

Unwelcome plant life

Houseboat with "landscaping"

"And one there sang who soft and smooth as snow
Bloomed like a tinted hyacinth at a show...."
 (From "A Triad" by English poet Christina Rossetti, who probably wasn't writing about the Delta's hyacinths)

The photos that are on the right side of the screen as you read this show a bit of the problem: Water hyacinth plants are growing out of control. The problem is throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

They are pushed out of the way by the ocean-going freighters that serve the Port of Stockton, but pleasure boats might as well be sailing on a field of weeds.
“The hyacinth situation in parts of the California Delta has become a disaster. The navigable part of the Calaveras River is completely filled in with the pest as are Buckley Cove, Downtown Stockton harbor, Whiskey Slough, much of the San Joaquin River and many other areas,” says Bill Wells, executive director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau in a letter to John Laird, secretary of the, California Natural Resources Agency.
“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen and I’ve worked here more than 20 years,” said a worker at Stockton’s Village West Marina, one of the state’s largest.
Mr. Wells says the plant is security and safety hazard, is killing fish and wildlife and is serving as a breeding ground for disease-transmitting mosquitoes.
“I urge you at this time to take decisive action to control the infestation,” Mr. Wells implores Mr. Laird.
He says time is running out since the permitted pesticide spraying period ends on Nov. 1.
“You need to free up every available resource to spray as much as possible between now and the first. I recommend hiring outside contractors to help with the task. Once the spraying period is over you need to move forward with an aggressive campaign of mechanical removal of the plant,” Mr. Wells says.
He says the weeds are so thick that boats cannot operate, causing operations at many marinas to come to a standstill as well as preventing people from visiting waterside restaurants and businesses.
“Law enforcement boats cannot travel through the hyacinth and this opens up a possible national security threat as terrorists could attack ships traveling up our rivers,” Mr. Wells adds.
He also says that many private businesses in the Delta have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money to try to control the hyacinth.
He says the true responsibility for controlling the pest lies with the Natural Resources Agency.
“It has been disappointing to me and many of my associates trying to report the problem over the last few years that the Department (now Division) of Boating and Waterways will never answer the phone or return a message. It makes it appear that they do not want to address or solve the problem,” Mr. Wells says in the letter. Mr. Laird has responsibility over the department.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Garamendi At Odds With Obama

Incumbent Rep. John Garamendi of Walnut Grove is a Democrat, but he’s highly critical of the way President Barack Obama is waging war against the Islamic State.
“What is of concern to me is the Constitution of the United States, which says Article 1 Section 8, only Congress can declare war. And the president is conducting a war without the authorization of Congress,” Garamendi said.
When asked if the president has exceeded his authority with regard to the war on ISIS, Garamendi said, “That's a debate point. But the bottom line is he had to come to Congress to get authority to continue on.”
Republican Assemblyman Dan Logue of Marysville is also critical of the president.
“The bottom line is ISIS should have been stopped a year ago. And now we have possibly a full-scale war on our hands. I believe we have to step up the strikes, build up a stronger coalition. The coalition that we have doesn't trust our president because they don't believe he's dedicated to finishing the job,” Logue said.
Both candidates are reluctant to put American troops in harm’s way.
When asked if he was prepared to authorize funding for American boots on the ground, Logue said, “Oh, no, I'm not prepared to do that. I don't think that's going to be required.”
Garamendi responded, “If it's open-ended and it's boots on the ground, I'm not going there.”
When it comes to the American economy, the two candidates are far apart.
KCRA 3 asked Logue if he supported the cause of raising the nation’s minimum wage.
“I really don't support raising the minimum wage because it would cost us 500,000 jobs,” he said.
California has already raised the minimum wage to $9 an hour. That’s about 24 percent higher than the national standard of $7.25 an hour -- something Garamendi wants to change.
“When you raise the minimum wage, you're putting purchasing power in the pockets of people who don't presently have it. They'll have $1,700 more a year to spend, and that's how you grow the economy,” Garamendi said.
The two candidates are also far apart on the issue of immigration reform.
“I'm basically very concerned about the borders as they are right now. The problem with immigration reform is the public doesn't trust Congress,” Logue said.
A comprehensive immigration reform package did pass the U.S. Senate but died in the House of Representatives.
”We really need it,” Garamendi said. “We really need to have comprehensive reform. You can't deal with the border without comprehensive reform,” he told KCRA 3.
Logue countered, “I think it's imperative that we do a couple of things. One is secure the border and prove to the people that we will do that before we move any further on immigration reform.”
KCRA 3 asked Garamendi to define comprehensive immigration reform.
“Well, it means you've got the secure the border. You've got to set up a system so employers know they are hiring legal people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Logue said, "It’s important to make sure that we have a workfare program where immigrants can come across the border, work in America and actually go home without being afraid of not being able to come back.”
“If they have any criminal record, they have to be deported,” Garamendi added. "There needs to be a path to citizenship, not an easy one but a path to citizenship. But there has to be a fine. They broke the law there has to be a fine.”
The Ebola crisis has also become an issue in the race.
”Until we find out exactly what we're dealing with, I would have a moratorium on people from (certain) countries coming to America,” Logue said.
Garamendi responded, “It's very interesting to note that there are people out there who say that regulations are the problem. Yet those are the people that are calling for tighter regulations on travel and the like.”
KCRA 3 asked Logue how he would enforce a moratorium for people coming from West Africa to the United States.
He said he would have Homeland Security involved.
"You're going to have to draft a plan. If we don't act soon it's going to be a disaster in California,” Logue said.
“Clearly we need to do more,” Garamendi said. “The protocols at hospitals across the nation are inadequate, and the nurses are quite correct. They're the ones who are most at risk; they want good protocols, good methods and good equipment in place. We're going to have to deal with this.”
The issue of high-speed rail is also a factor in the District 3 race.
Logue wants to derail what he calls the "train to nowhere."
"I absolutely oppose it," he said. "You're talking about a total of $90 billion for a train that goes absolutely nowhere. I'd rather see those resources go to our educational system; our universities.”
Garamendi agreed that the starting point of the high-speed rail project needs to be in a different location.
"The high-speed rail system should have started in the urban areas, San Diego to Los Angeles and then up to the Antelope Valley," he said.
When asked if he supports the use of federal dollars for high-speed rail’s plan, Garamendi said, “Well it's underway. What are we going to do, back away from it?”
The candidates are united on one point: Both actively oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build twin tunnels through the Delta to help water flow from Northern California to Southern California.
“The tunnels I think will be a disaster. We don't even have water to put in the tunnels. What we need to do is build more reservoirs,” Logue said.
“No dam tunnels,” Garamendi said. “ Period. It is a boondoggle -- $25 billion wasted. You don't get one gallon of new water.”
Campaign finance records from show that Garamendi has raised just under $1 million as of Sept. 3, while Logue has $1.2 million in funding.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pigs living on delta island

Pigs living and dining on delta island

STOCKTON - Adam Farrow lives on the water, owns 15 boats and a Lodi boat repair business. What he saw this past summer in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta took even him by surprise: there are about 10 pigs living on an island northwest of Stockton.
"I was over at Windmill Cove on Taco Tuesday when someone said there's pigs over there. I said, 'really?' We went over and took them some food. They love cheeseburgers," Farrow said.
There are two adults and several offspring. When Farrow or other pig supporters show up with food, the animals happily swim out to boats to chow down on the apples and carrots brought to them.
The most popular theory is the pigs were meant for a summer luau but the event never happened, and the pigs were apparently dropped off on the island.
"They were bringing food, whoever dropped them off. There are a lot of empty bags, but no current food. What they're eating now is hyacinth," Farrow said. "Hopefully, whoever dropped them off, will take responsibility."
Another delta resident, Blair Hake, has helped create a "Friends of the Delta Pigs" Facebook page. He said in just one day, the page has 70 fans.
Hake and Farrow seem determined to keep getting food out to the pigs so it's not a rough winter for them.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Study Say's Marijuana Lovefest Stupid!

Popular sentiment has long maintained that smoking cannabis is a relatively safe activity. Now, a 20-year research study argues the opposite.
Professor Wayne Hall, Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland and an adviser to the World Health Organization says that the results of his research, published in the Oct. 6 issue of Addiction, conducted over the course of two decades definitively proves that smoking marijuana can be extremely detrimental to your health. “The common view that smoking cannabis is nothing to get worked up about needs to be challenged more effectively,” he said.
According to his research, one in six teenagers who smoke cannabis will become dependent on it. It doubles their risk of developing psychotic disorders and can distrupt normal intellectual development if used regularly. Long-term use also increases the risk of getting cancer and other serious diseases.
% of Americans who smoke pot
Critics might argue that no one ever said smoking cannabis isn’t harmful; it’s just far less harmful than other drugs like alcohol that are legal. Any substance is dangerous when consumed too frequently, and marijuana has proven medicinal purposes.
Professor Hall acknowledged that it’s impossible (or nearly impossible) to fatally overdose on cannabis—which distinguishes it from other drugs like cocaine and heroin—but it can, like those harmful drugs, be addictive and even cause withdrawal syndrome in heavy users.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ryer Island Marijuana-Cornfield Busted

Solano Sheriff seizes large marijuana grow

Growers hid plants in corn field
By Jessica Rogness @JessicaRogness on Twitter
POSTED:   09/11/2014 10:54:10 PM PDT

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Some of the 3,700 mature marijuana plants from within the corn field within a corn field on Ryer...
The Solano County Sheriff's Office seized and eradicated 3,700 mature marijuana plants on an island in the delta near Rio Vista early Thursday morning.
The investigation that led to the seizure began six weeks ago, immediately after detectives from the Solano County Sheriff's Office's California Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, (Cal-MMET) received an alert about the large marijuana grow, officials said.
During their investigation, detectives located the marijuana grow and found it concealed within a corn field on Ryer Island, a large island located within Solano County in the delta north of Rio Vista.
Solano County Sheriff's Office personnel from Cal-MMET, Sheriff's Enforcement Team, (S.E.T.) and a K-9 Deputy entered the corn field early Thursday morning and pulled the 3,700 marijuana plants from the field and removed them from the site.
The number of mature plants collected were estimated to have a street value of $7.4 million, according to the Solano County Sheriff's Office.
No suspects were located at the site of the grow when deputies arrived and no arrests have been made.
An investigation into the grow continues and anyone with information is asked to call the Solano County Sheriff's Office.

The Solano County Sheriff's Office encourages all citizens to stay alert and report suspicious activity to their local law enforcement jurisdiction. Citizens can contact the Solano County Sheriff's Office dispatch center at 421-7090 or may choose to remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 644- STOP (7867). Citizens calling Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, according to the sheriff's office.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Water-Starved Farmers vs Fish

California’s Water-Starved Farmers 

Sidelined By Fish 


Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A holding pen for fingerling Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River
Environmental protections for endangered salmon in California’s rivers and streams are drawing complaints from drought-stricken farmers who say water that could be pumped to them is allowed to empty into the ocean.
Authorities have sharply curtailed allocations in the largest U.S. agricultural producing state, with 2012 sales valued at $42.6 billion, forcing growers to leave farmland unplanted or pay escalated prices for water from other sources.
“The Endangered Species Act does not have any consideration for human impact, and that’s a little disturbing,” said Joe Del Bosque, 65, president of Del Bosque Farms in Firebaugh, who grows melons and tomatoes. “It’s already harming us now. It could be worse next year.”
One of the worst droughts in California’s history is intensifying a longstanding conflict between farmers, environmentalists and fishermen over the Chinook salmon that spawn in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems. A crash in the salmon population forced a ban on commercial fishing off California and Oregon in 2008 and 2009. Smelt are also protected, though they are considered threatened, a step short of endangered.
To protect the fish, officials temporarily turn off pumping stations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that supplies water to millions of acres of farmland and 23 million state residents. Farmers say shutting down the pumps costs them millions in lost revenue by allowing the water to flow into thePacific Ocean at San Francisco Bay.

‘Environment Supersedes’

“For us, our water supply is directly linked with whatever fish actions are necessary in the Delta,” said Sarah Woolf, 43, a partner at Clark Brothers Farming near Five Points, California. “There has to be a value placed on delivering water to urban centers, whether it be for industry, for human consumption and for agriculture. Today they are at the bottom of the list and the environment supersedes everything.”
The drought, not environmental regulations, is responsible for the vast majority of water reductions, said Doug Obegi, a lawyer for the water program in the San Francisco office of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.
“There have been very minimal restrictions on pumping due to Endangered Species Act protections,” Obegi said. “By and large, there’s just not enough water to go around in the system.”
Agriculture consumes about 80 percent of all delivered water in the most-populous U.S. state. California’s 80,500 farms and ranches supply everything from milk, beef and flowers to half of the fruits, vegetables and nuts consumed in the U.S.

Zero Allocation

After three years of record-low rain and snow, farmers got none of their contractual water allocations, according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation data. Wildlife and senior water-rights holders -- those with claims dating to before 1914 -- got 75 percent north of the delta, and 65 percent south of the delta, according to the data.
“We’re talking about severe drought conditions,” said Louis Moore, a bureau spokesman. “Everyone else took a cut. Until the drought is lifted, we have a diminishing water supply that’s only going to get tighter.”
In Congress, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, has offered a bill aimed at maximizing water supplies to farmers without violating environmental laws. Senate and House aides are negotiating a compromise version of the bill that passed the Senate in May.
The measure would ask federal officials to open the Delta Cross Channel Gates for as long as possible while salmon aren’t migrating to pump additional water without harming the fish. The gates control the diversion channel near Walnut Grove that moves water from the Sacramento River toward the delta.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fishing Week Shout-Out 9/10/2014

San Francisco Bay
Emeryville Sport Fishing had seven boats out Saturday, six chasing salmon and one rockfishing .On their salmon trolling trips, the Huck Finn, Sundance and Wet Spot were trolling and reported a combined 44 salmon to 25 pounds for 38 anglers while the New Salmon Queen and New Seeker were mooching for a combined 18 salmon to 23 pounds for 44 anglers. Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady put in 10 salmon to 20 pounds for 20 anglers on Saturday. Captain Chris Smith of the Captain Hook went south of the Golden Gate on Sunday to pick rocks for limits of rockfish and a ling cod before pulling off for the opportunity to locate a few salmon. They ended up with three salmon to 18 pounds with Dan “The Barnacle” Wulff of Manteca getting an 18-pounder. Smith is running an open load combination trip Thursday.
Warm water conditions throughout the Delta are contributing to the rapid movement of salmon through the river system. The counts outside the Golden Gate and in the upper Sacramento River above Hamilton City remain high, and although the salmon have to traverse the Delta to get into the upper river, the counts in Suisun Bay and below the Freeport Bridge remain less than expected. Striped bass fishing has been best above Rio Vista in the Liberty and Prospect Island region with large swimbaits in the shallows. Downstream a few miles, Viera’s Resort west of Isleton reported a slight improvement in the past week with more bright salmon brought in for photographs. For striped bass, blood worms and pile worms are scarce due to weather issues on the East Coast while bullheads remain a hot commodity due to a minimal supply. The central Delta remained slow for striped bass, and Mark Delnero of Fin Addict Sport Fishing out of Pittsburg said, “The wind was up on Sunday, and we had to hide in Spoonbill Slough to land three legal stripers to 23 inches on shad, as the main Sacramento was whitecapping.” In the Stockton area, Brandon Gallegos of H and R Bait reported fresh shad remains a viable commodity with deliveries of 30-35 pounds arriving Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Striper fishing has been best in the Tracy area off of Grimes Road with a 33-incher landed on fresh shad this week. Gallegos put in a limit at 27 and 24 inches on shad in the main San Joaquin River near Buckley Cove. Bait-sized bluegill have been harder to locate, but the larger panfish are showing up. Eight Mile Road west of Stockton remained a top location for bluegill from the shoreline.

Lake Don Pedro
The kokanee and king salmon plants by the Department of Fish and Wildlife have been released, and Don Pedro will receive only 9,991 kokanee salmon while being loaded with 90,035 king salmon. Kokanee action was inconsistent throughout the season, and this trend continued as the remaining kokanee are preparing to spawn. Trout are providing the best action with spoons, as the fish are keying on the threadfin shad schools. King salmon are holding in deep water but are reluctant to bite rolled shad or lures at the present time. With the lowered pool of water, the salmon action should be strong during the fall months. The Fleming Meadows ramp is limited to one lane, but there is plenty of deep water in which to launch a boat. For bass, live bait of minnows or night crawlers under a bobber continued to be the most productive technique. There are some quality fish taken on top-water lures such as Pop R’s or the River2Sea Whopper Plopper in white or shad patterns working in the early mornings or evenings. During the daytime, the action slows, but drop-shotting with shad-imitation plastics at depths of 30-50 feet should produce a few fish. There is a new 5-mph speed limit from the ramp at Blue Oaks Recreation Area to the Buoy Line at the mouth of Fleming Bay. The launch ramp at Fleming Bay is limited to one lane at the present time. The lake is currently at 700.50 feet in elevation and 40 percent of capacity. Call: Monte Smith, (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan, (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella, (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn, (209) 874-3011.
Lake McClure
The lake continues to release water at a high rate, but the Barrett’s Cove South Launch Ramp will remain open for at least two weeks and perhaps the next 20 days or so. The marinas have closed and moved out to the deeper portions of the lake. Despite the low water conditions, Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported bass to 12 pounds have been landed on spinnerbaits with another two eight-pounders caught and released. The Barrett’s Cove North Launch Ramp is open, and construction is taking place to allow for a turnaround closer to the lake so vehicles will not have to back down the entire length of the steep ramp. This ramp has not been exposed for decades. Kayakers and canoe paddlers are accessing the lake from the shoreline to take advantage of the solid bass fishing on live minnows or crawdads. The live bait is also working for large catfish from the banks. In response to the drought, A-1 Bait is selling all plastic worms at 30 percent off. Trout, king salmon and kokanee reports have been elusive. McClure will be receiving 49,197 king salmon and 20,012 kokanee fingerlings from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The lake dropped 5.5 feet to 646.66 feet in elevation and 14 percent of capacity. A-1 and the Bait Barn are stocked with all sizes of minnows. A 51/2-mile stretch of the Merced River in Snelling is now closed to fishing due to low water conditions. Call: A-1 Bait, (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh, (209) 404-0053.
Lake McSwain
Diana Mello of A-1 Bait said king salmon to three pounds have been reported in McSwain by trollers working the deeper portions of the lake at 30 feet in depth. The heavy water releases from Lake McClure account for the kings moving through the dam into downstream McSwain. Rainbow trout provide the best action, and the Lake McSwain Marina reported trollers have the upper hand at the present time with chrome/blue Kastmasters or gold Wedding Rings from the marina up the river arm toward the dam. The lake levels remain steady at the normal elevation due to regular releases of cold water from McClure. The lake was planted at the end of August, and another trout plant is expected this week. Bank fishing has been slow over the past week. The first Fall Fest will occur at the lake Saturday with wakeboarding and hot boat exhibitions throughout the day. The annual Merced Irrigation District Trout Derby will occur Oct. 4-5. Call: McSwain Marina, (209) 378-2534.
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass fishing remained solid with good numbers of small spotted bass taken on 4-inch plastic worms on the drop shot or dart head in the shallows. The bass are chasing shad, and anglers are at the ready with a rip bait on an extra rod in the event of running into a boil. The better grade of fish is taken on rip baits or top-water lures with numbers taken off the bottom at depths to 30 feet on plastics on the drop shot or dart head or dragging a jig. Catfish to five pounds are biting anchovies or sardines in 40 feet of water above Finegold. No striped bass reports. The lake dropped 3.5 feet to 501.12 feet in elevation and 42 percent of capacity with a release of 1,459 acre-feet of water. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, heavy flows from the reservoir have limited interest with few anglers targeting the Broken Bridge. There are new regulations on the lower San Joaquin, and from Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 Bridge, only two hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead are allowed with a total of four hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead in possession. Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse, (559) 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun, (559) 292-3474.
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
New Melones hosted the FLW College Fishing Western Conference event Sunday, and the Fresno State Bass Fishing Team took the top three places with Jeremy Pitts of Visalia and Michael Cantu of Fresno taking top honors at 22 pounds, 3 ounces, including a huge largemouth in excess of 12 pounds. They were drop-shotting a 41/2-inch Roboworm Prism Shad or dragging a California Reservoir Lure’s jig in sculpin with the big fish coming on the jig. Pitts said, “We were fishing deeper than most teams, targeting long tapering points in 25 to 35 feet of water.” John Lietchy of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported, “The shad are schooling up in the deep water, and the bass are hunting them down in wolf packs. Trout fishermen are trolling in deep water and hooking spotted bass on shad-patterned spoons.” Vertically-jigged spoons are effective as well as shad-patterned plastics such as the Wright Bait WB101. Lietchy touted the California Reservoir Lure’s jigs as their selection of colors is specifically designed for Mother Lode lakes. Trout fishing remained slow, but the action is improving progressively as the water cools. There have been few trollers on the lake. A few rainbows are found at depths from 40 to 60 feet along the deeper portions of the lake with shad-patterned spoons such as Needlefish, ExCels, Vance’s Slim Fins or Speedy Shiners. The kokanee season has rapidly wound down, and few fishermen are targeting the landlocked salmon. A few dark kokanee are taken at 70-90-foot depths with large lures scented with various Pro Cure gels behind large flashers. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will release 50,640 fingerling kokanee into the lake for the coming year. The fish are losing their scales and turning into the spawning color pattern. Catfishing remains a solid option with frozen shad, mackerel, anchovies or sardines on a sliding sinker rig along muddy, sloping banks. Crappie fishing continued to be slow, and the best action remained under lights at night with live minnows or minijigs. The Tuttletown Launch Ramp is closed while the Glory Hole Point launch ramp is open on the volunteer ramp, but it is a long walk back to the parking lot. There will be some transition periods between launches when the ramp will be limited to one or two lanes. The lake is as low as it has been in recent memory with the water level receding 21/2 feet in the past week to 866.16 feet in elevation and 23 percent of capacity with a release of 491 acre-feet. Call: Glory Hole Sports, (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith, (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan, (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing, (209) 599-2023.
San Luis Reservoir/O’Neill Forebay
Shore fishing remained fair in the main lake with pile worms or blood worms around Dinosaur Point for the occasional legal fish to 25 inches. Fishermen will have to go through a number of sublegal fish before putting together a limit. Roger George of Roger’s Guide Service said the bite in the big lake seemed to really slow with the full moon. “Between a dead calm and the high winds that kick up quickly, it’s been hard to find and stay on the scattered fish,” he said. “The low level Basalt ramp is especially dangerous now in the north wind, since the rollers are coming up right behind your boat as you pull out.” In the Forebay, swimbaits, RatLTraps, ripbaits and white flukes on a Scrounger head are working for large numbers of undersized stripers. Boaters are moving out past the weed growth to work the lures. In the main lake, boaters are also drifting extra-large minnows at 40-60-foot depths near the Trash Racks for larger striped bass. The lake remained at 19 percent of capacity despite the importation of 2,355 acre-feet of Delta water. Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle, (408) 463-0711; Roger George of, (559) 905-2954.

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