CDFW Begins Stocking Trout in San Diego County Lake

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) last week stocked tagged and non-tagged rainbow trout at Lake Miramar in San Diego County for the first time.

CDFW will begin stocking Lake Miramar because the lake is in an urban setting and represents the potential to be a very popular urban fishery. The lake, which in the past was stocked by the city of San Diego, historically is very popular with anglers.

“I remember as a kid, growing up in Temecula, hearing stories about the trout fishing at Lake Miramar, and even having my mom drop me and friends off to fish while she went shopping,” said Russell Black, CDFW  fisheries biologist. “I am excited about this. It’s good for everyone: the city, the Department and most importantly the public.”

Some of the stocked rainbow trout will have $10 reward tags, which CDFW hopes will increase angler interest and recreational activities at the lake. Signs will be posted at access points around the lake with information on how to collect the rewards for tagged trout, and mail-in cards will be placed at the concessions.

Tag returns will provide valuable information to department biologists, including information on angler success, harvest rates and catch per unit of effort. This information will ultimately help the department assess trout plants.

All fish plants are subject to change depending on road, water, weather and operational conditions. Stocking is scheduled to resume in the fall.

Media Contacts:        
D. Russell Black, CDFW Region 5, Inland Fisheries (858) 467-4262
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

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DFG to Plant Fish in Lake Mendocino for the First Time

Media Contact:          
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944
Scott Harris, DFG Fisheries Branch, (707) 459-2238

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will begin planting rainbow trout (triploids) in Lake Mendocino for the first time this February.

Approximately 15,000 pounds of trout will be put into the lake throughout the winter and early spring, giving anglers an opportunity to enjoy one of the state’s most popular activities.

“There are very few trout fishing opportunities in Mendocino County,” said DFG Environmental Scientist Scott Harris. “We are pleased that we can add Lake Mendocino to the annual allotment list as a winter trout fishery.”

This is the first time that Lake Mendocino has been stocked by DFG. Historically, only the Mill Creek ponds east of Talmage have been stocked during winter and early winter months in Mendocino County.

Fish will be put in the lake several times during the winter and early spring. To ensure there is a constant supply of fish in the upper East Branch Russian River area, fish will be planted in the East Branch Russian River (Potter Valley) from late April to October. The planted fish are between a half and three-quarter pounds each and are raised at the Darrah Springs Hatchery in Paynes Creek.

Other popular fish species inhabiting the lake include large and smallmouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish and black crappie.

DFG sells approximately 1 million fishing licenses a year. Anyone over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing license in their possession while fishing. To buy a California fishing license, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/OnlineSales.

Department of Fish and Game Casts Holiday Present To Anglers

Media Contacts:
Ethan Rotman, DFG Bay Delta Region, (707) 944-5501
Eric Larson, DFG Bay Delta Region, (707) 944-5528
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944

Stocked Lakes and DFG’s License Vouchers Make the Perfect Gift

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is providing supplemental fish stocking at several Bay Area lakes for the holiday season. Approximately 23,000 pounds of fish will be planted in 21 lakes around the bay area this month. Planting started this week for about 21,000 pounds of rainbow trout, many up to one pound per fish, and 2,000 pounds of catfish up to one and a half pounds each.

“The holiday season is a time for family and friends to connect and spend quality time together, and there’s no better way to do this than the time-honored tradition of fishing,” said Carl Wilcox, Regional Manager for DFG’s Bay Delta Region. “DFG has made it even easier to buy a license for yourself or someone else with our Automated License Data System. With the lakes stocked and your license just a mouse click away, all that’s left to do is show up and enjoy yourself.”

A fishing license is required of all anglers age 16 or older and all fishing regulations apply. Some lakes may also require a daily fishing permit. Annual licenses and gift vouchers can be purchased online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/onlinesales.

The enhanced stocking is coordinated through DFG’s Fishing in the City Program, utilizing trout produced by DFG hatcheries and an additional supply of trout and catfish procured from private vendors through program resources.

Since 1993, the Fishing in the City program has supported opportunities for fishing near where people live and work. This is accomplished through fish stocking, habitat improvement and learn-to-fish clinics for youth. The program is funded through the Sportfish Restoration Fund, an excise tax on the sale of fishing tackle and motor boat fuel. DFG trout hatcheries receive funding from the sales of sport fishing licenses.

The following lakes will be stocked as a part of this special program. (Listings include county, lake and number of pounds planted).

Holiday Fish Plant Schedule

Week of December 12, 2011

  • Bon Tempe Reservoir, Marin County, 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Campbell Percolation Ponds, Santa Clara County, 700 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Contra Loma, Contra Costa County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Heather Farms, Contra Costa County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Hidden Valley Lakes, Contra Costa County, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lafayette Reservoir, Contra Costa County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Chabot, Solano County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Cunningham, Santa Clara County, 600 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Lagunitas, Marin County, 1,000 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Merced, north, San Francisco, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Pinto Lake, Monterey County 4,000 lbs of rainbow trout

Week of December 19, 2011

  • Bon Tempe Reservoir, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Campbell Percolation Ponds, Santa Clara County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Heather Farms, Contra Costa County, 500 lbs of catfish
  • Hidden Valley Lakes, Contra Costa County, 500 pounds of catfish
  • Lafayette Reservoir, Contra Costa County, 1,000 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Cunningham, Santa Clara County, 500 lbs of catfish
  • Lake Cunningham, Santa Clara County, 750 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Elizabeth, Alameda County, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lake Ralphine, Sonoma County, 300 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lake Temescal, Alameda County, 250 pounds of  catfish
  • Lake Temescal, Alameda County, 400 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lakeshore Park, Alameda County, 250 pounds of catfish
  • Lakeshore Park, Alameda County, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Pinto Lake, Monterey County 1,000 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Sandy Wool Reservoir, Santa Clara County, 750 pounds of rainbow trout

Week of December 26, 2011

  • Campbell Percolation Ponds, Santa Clara County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Horseshoe Lake (Quarry), 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Lake Chabot, Solano County, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Merced nNorth, San Francisco, 500 lbs of rainbow trout
  • Lake Raphine, Sonoma County, 750 pounds rainbow trout
  • Shadow Cliffs, Alameda County, 500 pounds of rainbow trout
  • Spring Valley Pond, Santa Clara County, 250 pounds of rainbow trout

All plants subject to change without notice.

For more information, visit the Fishing in the City web site at www.fishinginthecity.org.

For an up-to-date list of fish plants, visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/hatcheries/fishplanting/baydelta.asp.

For a list of fish planting locations for your mobile device, visit www.dfg.ca.gov/m/fishplantings/selectweek.

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