The California Senate unanimously passed SB 187 on Wednesday.
The state legislation, authored by Senator Tom Berryhill, will transition California’s calendar-based fishing license to one that is valid a full 12-months from the date of purchase.
In 2015, similar legislation failed to reach the Senate floor.
“This bill would not only improve access to recreational fishing, it will protect California jobs dependent on outdoor tourism,” Berryhill said.
Labor unions, state and local chambers of commerce, anglers, tourism groups and everyday Californians recognize that the antiquated fishing licensing program has proven to be a barrier to participation.
“California’s costly and antiquated fishing license program is a contributing factor to an alarming decline in fishing participation rates,” said Marko Mlikotin, executive director of the California Sportfishing League.
The passing of this bill won’t have much of an effect on me but will for those who usually opt for a one-day pass or choose not to fish, since purchasing a license mid-year doesn’t make sense.
With the increase in temperature look for the bass to seek shade. Lots of small fish are being caught on reaction baits, but the bigger bass are being caught by those throwing snag proof frogs and flipping brown jigs.
This time of year, it’s important to pay attention to the wind. Buzz baits and spinnerbaits can be extremely effective fished on the outside weed edges during windy conditions. With the bluegill spawn in full gear a large wake bait may be the ticket.
New Melones Lake
Kokanee are being caught by a lot of anglers fishing near Rose Island, the dam, and near Glory Hole Point.
The bass bite remains good for anglers throwing reaction baits Pop-R’s and Zara Spooks are providing nice bites during the low light hours of the day. During the day anglers are doing well in the backs of coves where there is wood present.
Kokanee are providing anglers trolling with steady action just as long as they are trolling at the correct depths and speeds. The depth fluctuates throughout the day as the schools of fish typically go deeper as the sun gets higher.
Bass fishing is good for anglers fishing early in the day with top-water baits and shaky head worms during the day. The bass like to school up during the summer around islands and main lake points.
Trout fishing is starting to slow down as the water temperatures have risen. Those that are Catching trout are fishing as deep as 45 feet deep to catch them.
Bass fishing has also started to get tougher for anglers as bass have moved deeper. Those having success are focusing on suspending fish over off shore rock piles.
There a lot of trout being caught by anglers fishing with bait right in the launch ramp cove. On the lake, anglers are catching kokanee while trolling between 40 and 50 feet deep early in the morning. Once the sun gets high the kokanee seem to be harder to find for most anglers.
Bass fishing is good; there is a good top-water bite in the morning. During the day anglers are having luck while fishing around the rocks with small jigs.
Smallmouth bass have been providing excellent action for anglers fishing late and early with topwater lures. Once the sun is high try switching to small plastic baits fished deep, shaky head worms, darter heads, and drop shotted Robo Worms in either a craw or shad pattern should produce good results.
Tip of the Week
With all our local bodies of water being full, there is a lot of debris in the water. Especially during low light periods of the day, be extremely cautious while operating a boat or any other personal watercraft.