Weather Experts: Chances of Wet Winter in CA not Looking Good

California-droughtAs California withers in an epic drought, weather experts are saying that, despite a possible El Nino event, this winter doesn’t look promising from a precipitation standpoint.

Doug Parker, director of the University of California Institute for Water Resources, said the state would need approximately 150 percent of normal rainfall to pull out of the state’s current drought conditions. At this point, however, the National Weather Service says the “forecast confidence for California is low.”

In fact, droughts have been known to last 15 years in California. Ugh!!

Well, let’s hope the “guys in the know” miss the mark with this one!

Read the whole story here: Auburn Journal

Pavati Driftboat for Sale

I recently took my favorite drift boat of all time back to Pavati (they’re building me a new one) and now it’s for sale…if you are looking for a used price on basically a brand new boat (click HERE for close up pix of all the features in this exact boat) with 3 doors, all the bells and whistles and barely a scratch, give Steve or Chuck a call at Pavati Marine 1-800-866-5269. This boat is beautiful and, with no steelhead season last winter, I only rowed it for about 6 weeks total in two years. The only issue is it has some flaking (cosmetic only) on the clear coat over the diamond plate area.
Pavati Drift Boat for Sale

Three movable seats, in-floor fish box, 3 doors, flat level floors and much more...

Three movable seats, in-floor fish box, 3 doors, flat level floors and much more…

There are a few dings and scratches but not many...

There are a few dings and scratches but not many…

The bottom has an ultra slick bottom coating and just a couple minor dents

The bottom has an ultra slick bottom coating and just a couple minor dents

And yes, she's had some fish blood in her!

And yes, she’s had some fish blood in her!

CA considers lead sinker ban

Ca-considers-lead-sinker-banSeveral states in the Union have banned lead fishing weights and California could be next on the list. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed off on a three-year study at his Department of Toxic Substances Control to thoroughly examine the environmental impact of lead tackle and consider outlawing it. You can get more info at Outdoorhub

The public comment period ends Oct. 2 and you can have your voice heard HERE

If you want to speak out against the lead ban, the California Sportfishing League has started a petition to stop the ban

Water Chillers & Egg Injection: Desperate Measures to Counter Fish Loss During California Drought

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With rivers running very low and unseasonably warm this fall, Federal and State fishery managers in California are scrambling to ensure salmon, trout and steelhead aren’t devastated  by drought conditions.

Ground was broken this week to install a $1 million water chiller at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery on the American River. The giant refrigeration unit will keep the  water cool enough inside the hatchery so that the fish won’t perish. A similar unit was added to the Livingston Stone Hatchery at the base of Shasta Dam earlier this summer to protect endangered winter-run Chinook fry from water temps in the high 60’s.

Fish heads are also considering a practice called egg injection on the Sacramento, in which Chinook eggs are raised in a hatchery until water temperatures in the river cool enough. At that point, the eggs would be injected into the gravel with a hose and then left to hatch naturally. The method, never used before in California, has shown great results in parts of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

You can read much more HERE

First salmon spotted in upper Elwah River in 102 years

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For the first time in over a century, adult Chinook salmon are returning to the upper Elwah River in Washington State!

Thanks to the nation’s largest dam removal and river restoration project chinook salmon, along with coho, chum, sockeye, and pink salmon along with steelhead trout now have access to the pristine watershed above the two former damn sites.

Very cool!

Read the entire story here