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  • 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.

  • Yamamoto Rigging: Wacky Ball Cali rig and tips with Bub Tosh

    Yamamoto Rigging: Wacky Ball Cali rig and tips with Bub Tosh

    Bub Tosh rigging tips for the new Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits California Roll. A new spade tail worm, with a uniquely-shaped tail.

  • Coast Guard Rescues Woman from Cliff Near Crescent City, California

    Coast Guard Rescues Woman from Cliff Near Crescent City, California

    MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — Coast Guard crews rescued a woman stranded on a cliff in the vicinity of Crescent City, Calif., at approximately 11: 26 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Angler’s of the Year dominate extremely tough field to take Coors Light Championship title

    Angler’s of the Year dominate extremely tough field to take Coors Light Championship title

    Proving that the Angler of the Year titles they earned from participating in last year’s Future Pro Tour competition was not just a “fluke”, Matt Frazier and Anthony Souza, came into last weekend’s Coors Light Delta Open Teams Championship event with guns-a-blazing and a “take no prisoners” attitude, as they dominated an extremely tough field of competitors with a total 2-day weight of 50.91 to win the 2nd annual invitational championship event presented by Cabral RAM of Manteca.

  • The 36 lb Bag: A Delta Tradition Continues On

    The 36 lb Bag: A Delta Tradition Continues On

    For 2015, the 36 lb feat was accomplished on April 12, by Ken Mah and Jason Austin competing in this year's U.S. Angler's Choice circuit. Mah and Austin boated their best five for

  • Westernbass Magazine, Spring 2015

    Westernbass Magazine, Spring 2015

    Hi All, With the spawning season upon us, it is an exciting time in the bass fishing world. We wait for big limits, double-digit fish and the spring issue of WesternBass.com, which is now here for your enjoyment. We have many events ahead to look forward to including the long-awaited, much-anticipated western swing of the Bassmaster Elite Series, the 2nd stop of the FLW Rayovac Western Division on the California Delta, California, the 3rd annual WON Bass California Open on the famed big bass fishery of Clear Lake and one of the biggest draws on our tidal waters - the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge. Stay tuned to WesternBass as we bring updates from these and other events. Our site is made possible by many great sponsors, please consider them when making your fishing related purchases. See you on the water, Wayne