Monday, March 4, 2019

I Made It

OK, so I said I was going to go fishing on Friday. I lied. Actually I wasn't able to go because of something stupid I did on Thursday.

I'm not going to explain stupid, but what I will say is that when I do stupid, the next day I have a lot of trouble walking. You know, the hip and back arthritis thing. Friday was one of those days. 

So I rested over the weekend and went this morning. My first thought was to go out to Lake Amador and see if I could negotiate the side of the lake. It's fairly steep and mostly slippery shale.

When I got out there, wouldn't matter if I could negotiate it or not. The lake (due to the recent rains) was full of debris and the water was so dirty that if a fish would wander by your bait, it would probably miss it anyway. Besides, nobody seemed to be catching anything.

I took the picture below of the spillway. It had more water going over it than I think I've ever seen. Down stream the road to the dam runs right next to the drainage creek which was so high it was right next to the road.  A lot of "Flooded" signs around. 

Note the guys standing in the middle of the spillway. Not a bite.

Lake Amador Spillway

So I went with the old standby. Lake Camanche North Shore Day Use Area. The first picture below is yesterday's storm leaving.

On the way out
The next picture is tomorrow's storm coming in.

Wait, there's more
This is just the beginning of a 3 day drenching for Northern California. 

I set up on the little peninsula where I usually fish, but today I set up on the Lake side as opposed to the cove side.

Home for the morning
I put one rod out with rainbow Power Bait and the other with white Power Eggs at about 8;15. At 8:50 the first (and only) fish came to hand.

First fish of the day
A couple things to note, it weighted about 2 pounds. I noticed on the board at check-in that when they plant the fish are all 1 to 8 pounds, so a 2 pounder is not all that unusual, but you know that if you follow this blog. Since I wasn't keeping any fish today, I gave it to the guys behind me. They were fishless at the time. I did mention that they couldn't take credit for the fish, at least until I left. 

I might also note that this is only fish #2 this year. 

About 10:00, the sun came out, it got warm, and would have been great to kayak except mine was in the garage. We're getting closer to kayak weather. Need to try out the new fish finder. 

I called it a day at about 11:00 since I had a few errands to run. 

That's it for today. 

Stay tuned for more fishing fun. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

El Niño

If you've been watching the news, then you know Northern California has been getting hammered with rain and snow since, seems like forever.

We are in the grips of another El Niño. Lots of rain, lots of snow, and lots of flooding. The interesting part is that although Sacramento and points North are pounded, we (in beautiful downtown Jackson, about an hour South of Sacramento), have gotten very little rain.

Our Chief Weather Guesser drew a picture on a map about a week ago and put two lines on it. One just below Sacramento and the other about 50 miles North. That was where the rain was supposed to hit and hit it did.

As of yesterday the Russian River up in Sonoma County is over it's banks. Guerneville has been evacuated. Cache Creek is over it's banks. Closer to Sacramento, Dry Creek (North of town), Acrade Creek (in town), and that ever present flooding of Deer Creek when ever we get a little rain is happening.

Flooding on the nearby Russian River led to flooding in Downtown Guerneville on February 27, 2019. (CHP Air Ops Golden Gate Division)
Fear not, La Casa Kautz is high and dry.

The mountains, that's another story.

This Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by City of South Lake Tahoe shows a car buried in snow in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.    Authorities say a snowplow operator inadvertently bumped into a car buried in snow and found a woman unharmed inside. Chris Fiore, spokesman for the city of South Lake Tahoe, highlighted the Feb. 17 incident in a Tuesday, Feb. 26  news release in order to urge safety precautions in winter weather.   (City of South Lake Tahoe via AP)
South Lake Tahoe
Here's the story behind this picture:

This Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by City of South Lake Tahoe shows a car buried in snow in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Authorities say a snowplow operator inadvertently bumped into a car buried in snow and found a woman unharmed inside.

Cisco Grove on Highway 80 (Elevation 5643') looks something like this:

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Gas Station
I couldn't find a picture, so you'll have to use your imagination. At Cisco Grove there is also a Chevron Gas Station. You've all seen the Chevron sign at the stations, right? 

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This one
At Cisco Grove this morning the snow is at the bottom of that little red V. What, maybe 15 feet?

Can you imagine what Donner Summit (Highway 80) and Carson Pass (Highway 88) look like? Donner is just over 7000' and Carson pass is 8652'. Both Donner Summit and Carson Pass have been closed for the last day or so. Cal Trans is just trying to clear the roads.  

Still, this morning, it's raining here and snowing upcountry. The snow pack is currently 150% of average. 

Going to be an awesome Summer. Plenty of water everywhere. 

Last, but not least is Folsom Lake. Folsom Lake is a flood control lake. Keeps Sacramento from flooding. In the past I've shown you the dam at Lake Natoma just downstream from Folsom Lake. When we fish for Shad in May/June we hope for a release of 5000 cfs. Currently the release is 25,000 cfs. A lot of water going down the American River. Folsom Lake has a capacity of just over 1 million acre feet of water. Needless to say the water is going out as fast as it;s coming in. 

Summing up the situation, South of Sacramento, we're in good shape. Sacramento North, think boat. 

Oh yeh, I sent an email to Yuki yesterday and asked if he thought we would be able to get out fishing any time soon. He was right to the point. He texted back No. 

I do believe I'm going to get out tomorrow and soak some Power Bait. Rain due again Saturday and most of next week. 

Stay Tuned.