Dusty Baker, current manager of the Houston Astros and former skipper of the Giants, took advantage of his one-day forced suspension by the league last Friday to return to his favorite fishing spot in North Bay, starting with Keith Fraser at Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael where he bought live bait. Next, Dusty drove to Red Rock where he caught seven striped bass.
Keith said the veteran baseball coach wasn’t the only one who managed to fish. Anglers caught striped bass at the usual hot spots in the bay over the weekend, including Red Rock, the Brothers, and the old whaling station (which is near the Brothers).
Keith was also excited that one of his regular customers landed a 78-pound white bar right next to Seal Rock outside the gate this week. The monster fish was only a few pounds off the state record.
Fishermen also catch a lot of shaker halibut in the interior of the bay, but larger halibut, weighing up to 30 pounds, are caught just beyond the gate, where salmon fishing is also very good in this area. moment.
Bodega Bay Sportsfishing captain Rick Powers reports “Quality, not quantity” the action of the salmon this week. “We don’t catch as many salmon as we did a few weeks ago, but the ones we do get are huge. The biggest weighed almost 40 pounds and many are between 20 and 30 years old, ”said Rick.
It also finds limits of rockfish and lingcod on combined trips. You can reserve a spot on Rick’s boat by calling 875-3344.
The California Trout nonprofit just sent me their updated 2021 Watershed Review, a brilliantly written, photographed, and published 24-page booklet summarizing their work over the past year. This San Francisco-based conservation group has been successful in bringing back California streams and rivers so polluted (or lacking in water) that native California fish, especially salmon, trout, and rainbow trout, can no longer survive it.
If you love fishing, or even just want to help keep what’s left of our coves and rivers alive, head over to Caltrout.org, sign up and they’ll send you a copy of the report. A regular membership is $ 35.
Here are some examples of the accomplishments cited and illustrated in this Cal Trout report:
Restoration of a tributary of the Eel river for salmon and rainbow trout. Logging and other resource extraction have resulted in erosion, sediment build-up, and reduced spawning habitat for salmon and rainbow trout. The project will restore all of this to Bull Creek, one of the major eel tributaries.
The Klamath Basin Water Project: For years various groups, including farmers, have been practically at war in this northern part of our state. Finding ways to get voluntary landowners to work with them to allow trout and salmon to spawn has finally paid off.
You may not know it, but there are trout in the Napa River. These are the smolts of the greatly diminished, but still extant, adult rainbow trout that managed to make their way upstream beyond the tide. One of Cal Trout’s projects is the rehabilitation of a fish barrier to allow rainbow trout and salmon to return to their traditional spawning grounds further upstream in the Napa Valley. .
In the southern part of San Francisco Bay, Cal Trout is working with the Fisheries and Habitat Collaborative Effort to ensure stream flow in Coyote, Stevens, and Guadalupe streams so that rainbow trout can survive there. all year.
Battle Creek, once one of the Sacramento River’s most prolific rainbow trout and spawning tributaries, had severely compromised the proliferation of dams used for power generation. Cal Trout was actively involved in removing these dams. The next one that needs to be removed is Eagle Canyon and work begins this year.
The booklet summarizes more than 25 projects. Cal Trout gives me hope that we can find solutions to restore and protect our natural resources. One supporter said, “I joined CalTrout because I want California’s rivers to be safe from climate change… wild, free and full of fish.
I couldn’t have said it better.