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  • CDFW Law Enforcement Now Recruiting Current Peace Officers

    CDFW Law Enforcement Now Recruiting Current Peace Officers

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting current peace officers who are interested in a career as a wildlife officer. Applications are open only to those who have:

  • SPO Friday Frog Flashback - How it was won in 2011

    SPO Friday Frog Flashback - How it was won in 2011

    Ron Howe and Dan Wells explained day one of the 2011 Snag Proof Open as they ran away with the lead, holding a 17-bag of bass. "If I had one piece of advice, I would say protected areas, away from the wind were the best for us; also, all but one of ours came from mats, we didn't really focus on open water areas."

  • FLW Circuit Breaker Episode 2 Lewis Smith Lake - Mark Daniels Jr.

    FLW Circuit Breaker Episode 2 Lewis Smith Lake - Mark Daniels Jr.

    The third season of FLW Circuit Breaker continues the saga of chasing green fish as told from the perspective of Mark Daniels Jr. This sprawling second episode centers around the Lewis Smith Lake event while also exploring MDJ's family life in Alabama and his younger years growing up fishing the California Delta. Can MDJ ride the momentum of recent Tour and FLW Series success to bring in another strong finish?

  • Hot Creek Hatchery Tests Positive for Whirling Disease, Trout Stocking to Continue in Area Waters

    Hot Creek Hatchery Tests Positive for Whirling Disease, Trout Stocking to Continue in Area Waters

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently learned Hot Creek Hatchery near Mammoth Lakes has tested positive for the parasite that causes whirling disease. Whirling disease was detected in wild trout populations in Inyo and Mono Counties more than 30 years ago.

  • SPO Frog Flash: Target Areas

    SPO Frog Flash: Target Areas

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    This week's Frog Flash comes straight from the Phat Frog designer himself, Snag Proof's Ish Monroe. Photo: YouTube

  • California Encourages Anglers to Return White Sturgeon "Report Cards"

    California Encourages Anglers to Return White Sturgeon "Report Cards"

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is working to keep the state's white sturgeon population from declining precipitously. Much of that work is estimating the number of fish harvested (kept), the harvest rate and population size.

  • California Fishing License Bill Passes State Senate

    California Fishing License Bill Passes State Senate

    (Sacramento, CA): Today, the California State Senate passed the California Sportfishing Stimulus Act of 2015 unanimously. Senate Bill SB 345, sponsored by the California Sportfishing League (CSL) and authored by Senator Tom Berryhill and Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, aims to address California's unprecedented decline in fishing participation and increase fishing license sales.

  • San Francisco Bay Area Abalone Poachers Fined $20K Each

    San Francisco Bay Area Abalone Poachers Fined $20K Each

    Three San Francisco men received thousands of dollars in fines and other penalties after pleading no contest to illegally poaching 59 abalone in November 2014. The daily bag limit for abalone is three.confiscated abalone Jinfu Wu, 43, Wei Q Wu, 27, and Jin He Li, 35, all of San Francisco, were each fined $20,000 (Wu and Li had $5,000 suspended) and sentenced to 36 months of probation and 240 hours of community service.

  • Snag Proof Lures 14th Annual Open On The California Delta

    Snag Proof Lures 14th Annual Open On The California Delta

    Registration has begun for the 14th Annual Snag Proof Open Bass Tournament on the California Delta. This is a Snag Proof Frogs Only event:  no other lures are allowed. With nearly 300 teams competing in 2014, the Snag Proof team expects continued support for this event by anglers competing for the #1 frog fishing crown held on the Delta.

  • Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints Manager for the Keep Florida Fishing Initiative

    Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints Manager for the Keep Florida Fishing Initiative

    Alexandria, VA –  The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Gary Jennings, a life-long, avid angler and boater, has joined the ASA staff as the Manager of the Keep Florida Fishing initiative. Jennings brings close to 20 years of experience in the fishing and boating industries to this new position. His tenure began on June 1, 2015.

  • Chris Zaldain's Top-3 Baits for the California Delta

    Chris Zaldain's Top-3 Baits for the California Delta

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    “It’s all about the change on the California Delta,” Zaldain said. “It’s constantly changing and every 24-hour period, we have four different tides." Here, Zaldain shares his top three lure choice for the tidal water fishery. “It keeps you on your toes; the fish are constantly repositioning and hiding out.”

  • SPO Frog Flash: Modifications to Match the Forage

    SPO Frog Flash: Modifications to Match the Forage

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    Topwater season is upon us and if the tracks through the Delta cheese are any indication, frogs are definitely on the menu. Mark Daniels Jr. shows how to modify a frog for the 14th annual Snag Proof Open on the California Delta on August 1 and 2, 2015.

  • 72 Hour FROG FLASH for the Snag Proof Open

    72 Hour FROG FLASH for the Snag Proof Open

    72 hour Frog Flash for the Snag Proof Open - all anglers who register for the 14th annual Snag Proof Open by

  • Top Water Striped Bass fishing with Mustad treble hooks

    Top Water Striped Bass fishing with Mustad treble hooks

    Pro guides, Capt. Bobby Barrack and Capt. Nathan Chandler show which Mustad treble hooks to use for big top water plugs when chasing giant striped bass on the California delta. Instruction for all......

  • Top Water Striped Bass fishing with Mustad treble hooks

    Top Water Striped Bass fishing with Mustad treble hooks

    Pro guides, Capt. Bobby Barrack and Capt. Nathan Chandler show which Mustad treble hooks to use for big top water plugs when chasing giant striped bass on the California delta. Instruction for all

  • California’s State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Available for Public Review

    California’s State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Available for Public Review

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released the draft California State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Update (SWAP 2015) and is seeking public input. Public input will help shape the final SWAP 2015, which will be completed by October 2015. The draft SWAP 2015 is available online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/SWAP.  Written comments on SWAP 2015 can be submitted on the website, by emailing SWAP@wildlife.ca.gov or by mail to SWAP 2015 Update, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814. The comment period is open from May 18 through July 2, 2015.

  • Action alert: Bad federal drought legislation is back

    Action alert: Bad federal drought legislation is back

    It's back! We've been keeping track on federal drought legislation that will have horrible impacts on the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas. The latest news article here indicates we need to act fast.

  • California Fish and Game Scientific Journal Completes 100th Anniversary Series

    California Fish and Game Scientific Journal Completes 100th Anniversary Series

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) just published the fourth and final 100–year special anniversary issue of the highly respected scientific journal California Fish and Game.

  • A New Report Demonstrates that Banning Traditional Fishing Tackle in California Will Cause Significant Economic Harm

    A New Report Demonstrates that Banning Traditional Fishing Tackle in California Will Cause Significant Economic Harm

    Alexandria, VA – May 22, 2015 - A report released on Monday by the California Coastal Conservation Association and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) demonstrates that banning traditional fishing tackle will have a negative impact on fishing participation, which generates millions of dollars for fisheries conservation in the state.

  • Off The Bank: A Trip with Bobby Barrack

    Off The Bank: A Trip with Bobby Barrack

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    The world renowned California Delta is, without question, one of the best fisheries in the world. It has excellent striped bass, sturgeon, and catfish, and when the times are right, it can be a fun salmon fishery. I was first introduced to the Delta by Bobby Barrack several years ago and I have been intrigued by this waterway ever since. Since my introduction to the Delta, I have fished it several times and never enough times.