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Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association (NCGASA)
P.O. Box 111
Sutter, CA 95982
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Recent News / Blog / Posts

  • Visit our News Blog to read more about what we are working on as we list RECENT POSTS and species CATEGORIES for you to be able to search for what you are looking for.
  • Current Issues We Are Facing: CDFW may be changing Sturgeon regulations, CLICK HERE to review public data from CDFW. For latest NEWS/BLOG posts about a possible Sturgeon fishery closure. To reach the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Branch that oversees Sturgeon, email sturgeon@wildlife.ca.gov

Letters to State Agencies

Visit our News Blog to see some of the Call to Action or Coalition letters we have sent on behalf of our membership, CLICK HERE.

The latest letter writing campaigns we have participated in:
Salmon Guides request salmon fishery closure disaster money to be paid
Send more eggs to Coleman National Fish Hatchery to save the Sacramento Index to prevent future year collapses
Sediment removal from Yuba City boat ramp
Eel River Estuary Low Flow Closure letter

Legislation that affect our fisheries and wildlife

CDFW | Restoration Projects & Public Reports

Fish & Game Commission News and Meetings

  • For NEWS about our fisheries, Click Here or sign up to receive the CDFW newsletter, CLICK HERE
  • For 2024 Fish & Game Commission Meetings coming up that you can attend via Zoom. Click Here.
  • Fish & Game Commission Petitions we are following, to read more, click here
  • If you want to have your voice heard at a Fish & Game Commission, email fgc@fgc.ca.gov

Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC): Ocean salmon stocks, abundance, escapement, modeling

  • 2024 | PFMC Meetings Calendar, CLICK HERE
  • 2023 | Review of Ocean Fisheries 2023, CLICK HERE
  • PFMC Council Staff Roster 2023, CLICK HERE
  • 2022 | PFMC Management Plan, August 2022, Click Here to read more
  • 2022 | Click Here to read a paper on perspectives on Managing Fisheries for Community Wellbeing in the face of climate change by Maritime Studies 2022. The authors asked individuals that sit on advisory bodies to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) to rank 36 statements about coastal community wellbeing.

 

Salmon: Reports and Papers

Please visit our News/Blog to find our latest posts about SALMON. Click Here

Central Valley Chinook Salmon

  • 2024 | Sacramento Salmon Juvenile Monitoring: Preliminary estimates of passage by brood-year and run for unmarked juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead trout captured by rotary screw traps at Red Bluff Diversion Dam on the Sacramento River. Download the Report: CLICK HERE
  • 2024 | PFMC Review of 2023 Ocean Salmon Fisheries: Stock assessment and Fishery Evaluation PDF Doc for the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan, Feb. 2024. CLICK HERE
  • 2024 | Request to Amend Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Biological Assessment associated with temporary changes to the Fall Chinook Salmon Production at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery. Temporary changes resulting from implementation of the proposed study are intended to improve success at achieving the hatchery’s annual adult contribution target of 120,000 SRFCS. CLICK HERE
  • 2024 | Fry vs Smolt: Summary of Coleman NFH fall Chinook Salmon release by fish size (egg, fry, or smolt) for brood years 1945-2021. CLICK HERE
  • 2023 | UC Davis: San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science Paper: Comparing Fishery Impacts and Maturation Schedules of Hatchery-Origin vs. Natural-Origin Fish from a Threatened Chinook Salmon Stock: Central Valley Spring-run Chinook (CVSC) are listed as threatened under the California and federal Endangered Species Acts, but how ocean fisheries affect CVSC is not routinely monitored or managed, largely because of data limitations CLICK HERE
  • 2023 | CDFW’s GrantTab – Central Valley Chinook Escapement Database Report CLICK HERE
    The Sacramento – San Joaquin River system in California’s Central Valley is the principal producer of Chinook Salmon, caught in California’s ocean fisheries and contributes appreciably to Chinook Salmon harvest off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. This system also supports one of the largest river sport fisheries for Chinook Salmon on the Pacific Coast in the Sacramento River. Chinook Salmon in the Central Valley are comprised of four runs: late-fall, winter, spring, and fall runs. Run designation is based primarily on the season during which adult Chinook returning from the Pacific Ocean enter fresh water on their upstream spawning migration.  Currently, both the ocean and river fisheries in California are managed to focus exploitation on Central Valley fall-run Chinook Salmon. The fisheries are largely possible as the result of a high level of hatchery production, both for mitigation and population supplementation. There is a small sport fishery for late-fall-run Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento River. Sacramento River winter-run Chinook are listed as endangered under both the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) and U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Central Valley spring-run Chinook Salmon are listed as threatened under both the CESA and the ESA. Given their protected status, fisheries management of Chinook Salmon in California is designed to avoid incidental harvest of Central Valley winter-run and spring-run Chinook Salmon.
  • 2023 | Escapement Estimation Methods and Grilse Determination Sacramento River Fall Chinook from CDFW – Fisheries Branch, Information compiled by Jason Azat. The information contained in this document is current as of May 2023. To read, click here
  • 2022 | Preliminary Summary for Estimated Adult Pre-Spawn Mortality for all 2021 Central Valley Chinook Salmon Runs Due to Excessive Temperatures in the Sacramento Basin. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, May 2022. Click Here to read
  • 2022 | Are There Too Many Salmon in the North Pacific Ocean? Click Here. From the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission newsletter 51, Jan. 2022. Overabundance of salmon, combined with effects of recent marine heat waves, may have been responsible for unexpectedly low returns of all five species of Pacific salmon across the North Pacific in 2020
  • 2022 | Sacramento Fall Run Escapement data chart: Escapement, harvest, and production data and preliminary estimated restoration coals for chinook salmon based on doubling of natural production, CLICK HERE to view.
  • 2022 | Central Valley Hatchery Salmon Production Is Being Wasted: A Tale of Two Hatchery Salmon Smolt Release Groups, Click Here to read
  • 2022 | Trends in Chinook salmon spawner abundance and total run size highlight linkages between life history, geography and decline. To understand trends in Chinook salmon production, and how they are related to life history, this study compiled time series data from the Fraser River to the Sacramento River on total run size (pre-fishery abundance) and escapement (post-fishery spawner abundance) and fit time series models to estimate trends across this bioregion. Credit: by William Atlas published Sept. 2, 2022, revised March 2023 from the Wild Salmon Center, Portland, Ore. Click here to read PDF
  • 2021 | Pilot Evaluation of Barging Hatchery – Origin Juvenile Salmon from the California Central Valley through the Bay-Delta. Click Here to read
  • 2021 | Central Valley Constant Fractional Marking/Tagging and Recovery Programs from CALFISH.ORG
    The Central Valley Constant Fractional Marking/Tagging Program (CFM) was initiated in the spring of 2007 to estimate the relative contribution of hatchery production to fishery harvest and spawner escapement, and to evaluate various release strategies employed in the Central Valley.
  • The CFM Marking/Tagging Program is implemented at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery, Feather River Fish Hatchery, Nimbus Fish Hatchery, Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery, and the Merced River Hatchery. These hatcheries produce and release juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead to mitigate for lost habitat and declining anadromous fish production. Read more documents, click on link:  Anadromous Salmonid Population Monitoring Documents
  • Read the Recovery of Coded-Wire Tags from Chinook Salmon in California’s Central Valley Escapement, Inland Harvest, and Ocean Harvest yearly reports, click links below:

• CFM Report – 2021 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2020 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2019 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2018 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2017 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2016 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2015 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2014 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2013 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2012 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2011 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2010 Marking Season
• CFM Report – 2009 Marking Season

  • 2020 | RELEASING SALMON: Trucking smolts versus imprinting in the Sacramento Index: Recovery of Coded-Wire Tags from Chinook Salmon in California’s Central Valley Escapement, Inland Harvest, and Ocean Harvest in 2017, read full report CLICK HERE
  • 2019 | Recovery of Coded-Wire Tags from Chinook Salmon in California’s Central Valley Escapement, Inland Harvest and Ocean Harvest in 2019 Report: Click Here to Read
  • 2019 | Eight Decades of Hatchery Salmon: Releases in California’s Central Valley. Factors influencing straying and resilience. Click Here to read. Fisheries Magazine, Vol. 44, No. 9, Sept. 2019
  • 2019 | Central Valley Salmon And Steelhead Monitoring Programs, Click Here to read more
  • 2017 | The Nigiri Project: Managed floodplains for salmon restoration in the Yolo Bypass. The Yolo Bypass is adjacent to the Sacramento River.  This is the Project outline draft from Nov. 9, 2017. The research is a collaborative project among the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, the California Department of Water Resources and CalTrout. Click Here to read more.
  • 2017 | NOAA Report on the Evaluation of alternative marking/tagging systems for hatchery produced California Fall-Run Chinook Salmon: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/14328
  • 2014 | Evaluation of a single nucleotide polymorphism baseline for genetic stock identification of Chinook Salmon in the California Current large marine ecosystem by NOAA, click here.
  • 2013 | Sacramento River County Atlas, Keswick to Verona – Shasta to Yolo County. Authors by the Geographical Information Center. Publisher: Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum, 2013. This atlas (Click Here to download)  is composed of 7 maps, one for each county, which depict riparian vegetation, private and public conservation lands and river miles. Download other maps from the website, Click Here
  • 2012 | Central Valley Chinook Salmon In-River Escapement Monitoring Plan – Fisheries Branch, Jan. 2012. Click Here to Read
  • 2011 | Click Here to read Review of the Central Valley Angler Survey by West Inc., Environmental & Statistical Consultants. Summary: Inland sport harvest of Chinook salmon in California’s Central Valley (CV) streams comprises a significant proportion of the total escapement. The CV angler harvest survey, reinitiated in 2007, is a long-term monitoring program designed to develop annual estimates of total angler effort and in-river harvest of sport fish from the Sacramento River and major tributaries.  In addition to Chinook salmon, the survey includes a number of other species considered to have recreational value.
  • 1998 | Historical Abundance and Decline of Chinook Salmon in the Central Valley Region of California. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 18. American Fisheries Society 1998. Authors: Ronald Yoshiyama (UC Davis), Frank Fisher (CDFW), and Peter Moyle (UC Davis). Click Here to Read
  • 1920 | A historical (1920s) and statistical review of the  Sacramento-San Joaquin Salmon Fishery. Click Here. Division of Fish and Game of California Fish Bulletin No. 17 | Sacramento-San Joaquin Salmon (Oncorhynchus Tschawytscha) Fishery of California, by G. H. Clark, Bureau of Commercial Fisheries.  

Klamath-Trinity Chinook Salmon

  • Klamath River Basin Fall Chinook Salmon Spawner Escapement, In-river Harvest and Run-size Estimates, 1978-2023, CLICK HERE

  • 2023 | Klamath and Trinity River Reports from the Fish & Game Commission, 2023. Click Here to read full report.
  • 2022 | PFMC Klamath Salmon data sheets: Page 1: Estimates of Yurok and Hoopa Valley reservation Indian gillnet Chinook harvest in numbers of fish, CLICK HERE; Page 2: Summary of Klamath River fall Chinook salmon estimates in numbers of adults and jacks, CLICK HERE.
  • 1930 | CADF&G/Fish Bulletin No. 34:  Salmon of the Klamath River, CA by John O. Snyder, Stanford University. A report of the 1930 Catch of King Salmon in the Klamath River. The Salmon and the Fishery of the Klamath River. Click Here to read.

ESA LISTING OF SALMON

NOAA Fisheries, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, is responsible for the management, conservation, and protection of living marine resources within about 200 miles of the U.S. coast.

  • 2021 | Salmon Species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA Listing) by NMFS, Click Here

Science Papers | Chinook Salmon

  • 2023-2022 | Trends in Chinook salmon spawner abundance and total run size highlight linkages between life history, geography and decline. To understand trends in Chinook salmon production, and how they are related to life history, this study compiled time series data from the Fraser River to the Sacramento River on total run size (pre-fishery abundance) and escapement (post-fishery spawner abundance) and fit time series models to estimate trends across this bioregion. Credit: by William Atlas published Sept. 2, 2022, revised March 2023 from the Wild Salmon Center, Portland, Ore. Click here to read PDF
  • 2019 | Identifying hidden biocomplexity and genomic diversity in Chinook salmon, an imperiled species with a history of anthropogenic influence. Click Here to read full paper

Water Flow | River Changes | Challenges

  • NOAA Central Valley Temperature Mapping and Prediction: This website is the public interface for modeled and observed water temperature and flow data for the Sacramento River associated with Shasta Reservoir, Shasta and Keswick Dam operations, and meteorological conditions. A primary input and assumption of the models is based on the operational conditions forecasted for Shasta and Keswick reservoirs generated by USBR. These forecasts are updated over time and composed of different scenarios of hydrological (dry or wet) and meteorological (warm or cool) conditions. Model outputs from each scenario are displayed. Click Here for Gage Stations website.
  • 2022 | Pit River Bridge Summary: The Pit River Bridge is the only interstate highway bridge owned by the federal government in the entire United States. The 80-year old bridge carries Interstate 5, the Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak, over Shasta Lake north of Redding, California. The federal government wishes to relinquish ownership of the bridge beyond the year 2040. The United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), along with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are taking the lead on replacing or rehabilitating the highway portion of the bridge before the joint agreement to use and maintain the bridge expires in 2040. Funding options are being pursued to complete needed studies. Click here to read more.
  • 2019-2020 | The Nigiri Project 2017 and 2018: California’s native fish populations are in dramatic decline. Before the Central Valley was developed, leveed and drained, food webs produced on over four million acres of seasonally inundated floodplain supported robust fish and wildlife populations. Over the last century and a half, development—primarily for agriculture and flood control—has cut off 95% of wetlands from Central Valley rivers, effectively starving river ecosystems of the foundation of the aquatic food web: the solar energy captured by plants and algae on floodplains. Click on links below:
    A) Fish Food 2019; B) Flood Plan;  C) Divide and Conquer; Flood Study Group Communications Framework
  • 2012 | Fish Passage Improvement Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam (RBDD) from Sept. 2012
    Click Here to Read
  • 2011 | Buoyancy regulation by hatchery and wild Coho Salmon during the transition from freshwater to marine environments. American Fisheries Society from January 9, 2011, Vol. 137, Issue 3, 2008, Pages 860-868, Click Here
  • 2009 | Historical channel changes in the lower Yuba and Feather Rivers
    Click Here to Read
  • 2008 | Flow Recommendations to the State Water Resources Control Board from May 22, 2008. Click Here to Read
  • 1992 | Historical and Present Distribution of Chinook Salmon in the Central Valley Drainage of California. Fish Bulletin 179, Vol. One, Click Here

Predation Studies

  • 1981 | Predation: The Impact of Squawfish on Salmonid Populations, a review published by the North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Click Here
  • 2019 | Delta smolt survival: Georgiana Slough, published by Fish Guidance from Feb. 22, 2019, Click Here

Hatcheries & Salmon Studies

  • 2024 | Hatchery Fish vs Wild Fish from Oregon Anglers Alliance, CLICK HERE
  • 2024 | Fry vs Smolt: Summary of Coleman NFH fall Chinook Salmon release by fish size (egg, fry, or smolt) for brood years 1945-2021. CLICK HERE
  • 2024 | Oregon Anglers Alliance report on the benefits of salmon hatcheries in PNW. A) Hatcheries produce 70% of captured salmon; B) Improving recreational fishing is a good investment; C) Hatcheries can help compensate for more than 40% of salmon spawning habitat that has been lost. Click Here to read the report page 1, page 2, page 3.
  • 2019 | Bigger doesn’t mean better for hatchery-released salmon, Click Here to read more
  • 2017 | NOAA Report on the Evaluation of alternative marking/tagging systems for hatchery produced California Fall-Run Chinook Salmon: https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/14328
  • 2012 | California Hatchery – Review Report prepared by the California Hatchery Scientific Review Group Click Here

STURGEON

  • For recent NCGASA posts on the Sturgeon Fishery, Click Here to go to our Sturgeon News/Blog category
  •  2024 | CDFW report to the Fish and Game Commission on the Petition Evaluation for ESA listing of White Sturgeon,  CLICK HERE
  • 2023 | Data to Support River Sturgeon Closure at a Wildlife Resources Committee meeting (#9) from November 11, 2023. Click Here | For STAFF SUMMARY for October 11-12, 2023, Click Here.
  • 2023 | White Sturgeon Tag Allocation Information, harvest reports on Sturgeon report cards 2013-2020, Click Here
  • 2020 | Green Sturgeon: Habitat suitability varies in response to drought related flow regimes, May 2020 Environmental Biology of Fishes (103) 1. A) Habitat Suitability; B) Habitat Use & Behavior; C) Spatial & Temporal Distribution and D) Fine-Scale Habitat Preference
  • 2019 | Population Dynamics and Evaluation of Management Scenarios for White Sturgeon in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Basin. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 39:896–912, 2019 © 2019 American Fisheries Society. click here
  • Wildlife.ca.gov documents to download on Sturgeon, click here

You can express your opinions regarding the future of the CA WHITE STURGEON fishery at sturgeon@wildlife.gov or if you would like a copy of the public meeting minutes from the White Sturgeon Committee Workshop Group, you can email the Fisheries Branch Sturgeon Coordinator: John.Kelly@Wildlife.ca.gov

STRIPED BASS 

    • For recent NCGASA posts concerning the Striped Bass fishery, Click Here to go to our Striped Bass category on our blog.
    • 2019 | Allied Fishing Groups and NCGASA’s document: Repealing the 1996 Striped Bass Management Plan & adoption of the Delta Fisheries Management Plan, June 10, 2019, Click Here to read
    • Wildlife.ca.gov documents to download on Striped Bass, click here

STEELHEAD 

Fish Hatcheries we encourage you to visit

SACRAMENTO RIVER: Coleman National Fish Hatchery is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to dusk. Click here for more info. Coleman is located at 24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Rd., Anderson, CA 96007,  (530) 365-8622. The Coleman National Fish hatchery is located on Battle creek which is one of the many creeks running into the Sacramento river. Primary Fish: Chinook salmon and steelhead which migrate up the Sacramento River from the Pacific Ocean.

• U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: The National Fish Hatchery System works to support healthy, self-sustaining populations of fish and other aquatic species across the country. Every year they raise and stock over 100 million fish to support the recovery and restoration of imperiled species, recreational fishing, and tribal subsistence fisheries. For info., on National Broodstock Program’s Egg Distribution Service, click here.

Currently, California has 12 anadromous fish hatcheries. The NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center operates one, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates two, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife operates the other nine hatcheries.

California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Hatcheries, fish planting schedules, programs and data > click here.

California’s Navigable Waters: Public’s Rights

  • A Legal Guide to the Public’s Rights to Access and Use – 11/20/2017 Click Here to read
American Whitewater Publications
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