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  • Oroville Dam spillway reconstruction expected to end before rainy season

    Oroville Dam spillway reconstruction expected to end before rainy season

    The Department of Water Resources said it's on track to a have a fully functional primary spillway by its self-imposed Nov. 1 – just before the rainy season begins. The rebuilt spillway will be capable of handling water releases of 100,000 cubic feet per second. Additionally, crews working on the emergency spillway are focused on the reconstruction of a cut-off wall. That is scheduled to be finished by January.

  • DWR Assessment of the Green Spot on the Face of the Oroville Dam

    DWR Assessment of the Green Spot on the Face of the Oroville Dam

    DWR released 28 page assessment ofthe vegetation area on the face of the Oroville Dam. This report documents the history and impact of vegetation occasionally visible on the face of Oroville Dam.

  • Kevin Vam Dam introducing the new Mustad Treble Replacement kit

    Kevin Vam Dam introducing the new Mustad Treble Replacement kit

    Kevin Vam Dam at ICAST 2017 introducing the new Mustad Treble Replacement kit

  • Oroville Dam's 'green spot' raises new worries that the nation's tallest dam could have a breach

    Oroville Dam's 'green spot' raises new worries that the nation's tallest dam could have a breach

    California officials are concerned that a large 'green spot' on the Oroville Dam may mean that it is leaking roughly five months after it overflowed due to the spillway failing.

  • Snake River Chinook Below Hells Canyon Dam Closes July 30

    Snake River Chinook Below Hells Canyon Dam Closes July 30

    The spring Chinook fishery on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam will close at sundown (8:18 p.m.) on Sunday, July 30.

  • AP Exclusive: Oroville Dam managers made missteps in handling crisis

    AP Exclusive: Oroville Dam managers made missteps in handling crisis

    According to this AP investigative piece, California Department of Water Resources (DWR) was not on top of protecting people during the Oroville Dam crisis and was lax in notifying local officials about the emergency.

  • Gov. Brown to Meet with Trump Official: Oroville Dam Records Blocked

    Gov. Brown to Meet with Trump Official: Oroville Dam Records Blocked

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The Delta Stewardship Council has changed their meeting date on the Delta Tunnels and the Delta Plan amendment fromApril 27th, 2017 to April 28th, 2017. Please adjust your plans according!

  • KVD and Edwin Evers Preview the Bassmaster Classic

    KVD and Edwin Evers Preview the Bassmaster Classic

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    Kevin VanDam and Edwin Evers are a threat to win every event they enter. With five Bassmaster Classic titles and 34 B.A.S.S. wins between them, they are among the most successful anglers fishing this year’s event. They know what it takes to win a Classic, how to handle the added pressure and will again be a threat this year. They both previewed the Lake Conroe Classic and explain what techniques could lead to a win.

  • Juvenile Salmon Rescue from Hatchery Below Oroville

    Juvenile Salmon Rescue from Hatchery Below Oroville

    CDFW is trying to make the best out of a tough situation by evacuating juvenile salmon from the Feather River Hatchery (just downstream from the Oroville Dam).

  • CDFW Rescues Salmon at Feather River Fish Hatchery

    CDFW Rescues Salmon at Feather River Fish Hatchery

    CDFW is trying to make the best out of a tough situation by evacuating juvenile salmon from the Feather River Hatchery (just downstream from the Oroville Dam).

  • Inflatable Dam in California For Fish Passage on Russian River

    Inflatable Dam in California For Fish Passage on Russian River

    Some dams are monumental engineering feats made of steel-reinforced concrete towering hundreds of feet above a streambed. Others are much smaller, constructed with large wood planks, dirt and rock or even rubber.

  • Two Dams Set for Removal

    Two Dams Set for Removal

    Friends of the Presumpscot River (FOPR) and Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced today the filing of a long-awaited settlement agreement that will lead to the construction of fish passage and removal of two dams at Saccarappa Falls in Downtown Westbrook.

  • Grand Opening of San Joaquin River Parkway Trail in Fresno County

    Grand Opening of San Joaquin River Parkway Trail in Fresno County

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and partners are pleased to announce the opening of a new link of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trail, part of the Friant Interactive Nature Site (FINS), and new outdoor educational facilities at the San Joaquin Fish Hatchery. The trail stretches nearly a mile from the community of Friant to Lost Lake Recreation Area in Fresno County.

  • Dam Removal Brings New Life to Michigan River

    Dam Removal Brings New Life to Michigan River

    For nearly a century, the Pigeon River in the northeast Lower Peninsula has been a beautiful, blue-ribbon trout stream scarred with a flaw sometimes fatal to fish – a dam situated about 15 miles downstream from the river's source.

  • Westernbass Magazine, Spring 2016

    Westernbass Magazine, Spring 2016

    I am certainly ready for a new season of bassin’ and hope you are too. I’ve been excited to kick off the year with coverage of the International Sports Shows in Sacramento and Scottsdale as well as the Fred Hall show. Stay tuned for upcoming tank seminars on WesternBassTV, if you missed the shows. This year, WesternBass was excited to bring site users video clips from our western anglers at the Bassmaster Classic. I will be watching and cheering them on throughout the year. I would like to congratulate Lowrance pro Edwin Evers for his outstanding win at Grand Lake for the Classic championship – 29 pounds! Wow! I would to like remind anglers that WesternBass offers many features on the site to make tournament planning easy. Under the Interactive tab, we have the Tournament Calendar and Special Events with Digital Guides for all of the Wild West Bass Trail events. Under the Delta tab, you will find moon phases, weather, water temps and tide charts to help plan a fun and productive day on the tidal water. Lastly, I want to thank all of you for your support of the site and the magazine. It is because of you and our sponsors that WesternBass is the place where fishermen talk. Wayne

  • Conowingo Dam Report Shows Time is Now for Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

    Conowingo Dam Report Shows Time is Now for Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

    A newly finalized report on the Conowingo Dam underscores the urgency of finding innovative multi-state solutions to reduce the water pollution that threatens the Chesapeake Bay. The Lower Susquehanna River Watershed Assessment Study ─ conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in coordination with the state of Maryland ─ confirms that the Conowingo Dam reservoir and two dam reservoirs further upstream have essentially reached their capacity and are no longer capable of trapping sediment and associated nutrients over the long term.

  • Use the Right Treble Hook for the Right Lure

    Use the Right Treble Hook for the Right Lure

    BassMaster Classic Champion and Angler of the Year, Kevin VanDam shows how to improve hook-ups by selecting the right style of replacement treble hooks. Kevin explains the difference in the three Mustad KVD Elite Series Triple Grip® trebles and gives his insight into which model is right for different lures.

  • Relocation of Endangered Mussels Will Allow for Dam Removal on Michigan's Grand River

    Relocation of Endangered Mussels Will Allow for Dam Removal on Michigan's Grand River

    Close-up of snuffbox musselThe Department of Natural Resources today announced that the next step to remove the Lyons Dam on the Grand River in Ionia County will proceed as officials start searching for threatened and endangered mussels and moving them out of harm's way.