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615,000 fall Chinook fry released into the Sacramento River


NCGASA has been on the front line for over five years advocating for the Fry program to be reinstated on Sacramento River and we’re very happy to announce that the Department of U.S. Fish and Wildlife at Coleman National Fish Hatchery is leading the way! We have discussed the Fry program with two different Hatchery managers, three different supervisors, and many biologists & two directors over this timeline. Our group believes in planting fish in the river to RETURN to their home waters.

Trucking salmon from Coleman leads to a 98+% percent stray rate, (never returning to Sac River) and that’s the number one reason we advocate for in river releases to protect the INLAND fishery and returning adult salmon for escapement.

Last week Coleman released approximately 615,000 fall Chinook fry into the Sacramento River. This was the first of three fry releases that will occur this season.  These experimental releases are being done to study the possibility of increasing adult returns to the main stem Sacramento River. 

“This project will allow us to study the potential of generating additional adult returns to spawn naturally in the Sacramento River by releasing fry. We’re excited to provide these additional salmon to increase recreational opportunities for fishermen and women here in California.” – Paul Souza, the regional director who covers the California – Great Basin Region.

Watch a video of small fish swimming underwater with some plants visible in the foreground on the Coleman Hatchery’s Facebook page.

Request for immediate hatchery production increases, upgrading and updating hatchery management practices

A plea to raise more fish

Dear Regional Administrator Thom, Regional Director Conant, Regional Director Souza, Secretary Crowfoot, Director Bonham, Director Nemeth, Senator McGuire and Assemblyman Stone

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, whose commercial livelihoods are all dependent on a strong and successful salmon fishery in California, we wish to present you with the attached letter on the state of our salmon industry.  We look forward to additional dialogue once you have had a chance to review and digest the points in the letter. Our coalition is requesting a meeting with senior leadership at the state and federal levels to discuss immediate hatchery production increases starting in 2022 statewide and upgrading and updating hatchery management practices.

Thank you, Mark Smith

Sent on behalf of James Stone (NCGASA), Rick Powers (GGFA), George Bradshaw and Mike Conroy (PCFFA).


Smith Policy Group
1001 K Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 335-5072


CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the full letter.

Mad River Steelhead Derby has started!

2021-2022 Mad River Steelhead Derby (#3) stared on Dec. 18, 2021 at 6am. Sign ups for the Derby has ended. Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Derby and for supporting NCGASA. You can still support the Derby by renewing your membership to the organization, donating products for our angler prize pool and raffles or donation items for the Derby Awards Party’s silent auction.

Thank you to all our sponsors, partners and donors!  Visit our partners on our business members page or click on image below for Derby sponsor URL links.

For more information on the next Mad River Steelhead Derby (MRSD) or to sponsor or to donate fishing gear or product for  the angler prize pool, please contact us at

Visit MRSD on Facebook or Instagram for up to date info., on river conditions. You can also contact NCGASA Northern Region Rep and Fishing Guide Kenny Priest of Fishing the North Coast for fishing conditions on the North Coast. Find out which rivers are open or closed — Call the CDFW Low Flow Closure Hotline at (707) 822-3164.

All Mad River Steelhead Derby Anglers must be NCGASA members in good standing in order to participate in this event and in order to win cash and prizes. Your NCGASA membership is a yearly membership, so you must renew every year. Your membership allows you to participate in any future NCGASA events or derbies during the calendar year.

Sportfishing Coalition Letter regarding harbor craft engine regulations

Click Here to read full letter or download the PDF. Click Here for the Fish & Game Commission’s Proposed Amendments regarding this.

Ms. Liane Randolph, Chair
c/o Harborcraft
California Air Resources Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: Proposed Harbor Craft Engine Emission Regulations/Commercial Passenger Vessels

Dear Madam Chair,

As you may know, California has over 2 million anglers. While this number is significant, it is offset by the reality that saltwater fishing is a subset of this number and according to the U.S.

Census California’s fishing participation rate (per capita) has dropped to dead last in the Nation. Moreover, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) sales reports, annual fishing license sales have declined by more than 50% since the early 1980s, as the

State’s population grew by over 60%.

Annual Fundraiser Dinner in Yuba City: Nov. 6

Help us save our fisheries, raise more fish and fight for your hunting and fishing rights. No donation is too small. Even if you can’t make the dinner, please consider renewing your membership, buying an item on our SHOP page or donate as little as $20 via Pay Pal.

Current Federal Legislation – Sept. 2021: Fisheries

Bills in the 117th Congress that affect our fisheries: Click Here to see the PDF or to download the PDF.
What’s in the PDF:
● New Bills
● Bill Updates
● State Bills
● Requests for Comment (H.R. 4690, Huffman)

Follow along with the Pacific Fishery Management Council

A list of legislation the Pacific Fishery Management Council is tracking, CLICK HERE. This list is updated monthly. Use the search field to find sponsors, topics, specific bill numbers, etc. For more information, search or

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384
Contact: Jennifer Gilden – NOAA Affiliate
PHONE: 503.820.2280
TOLLFREE: 866.806.7204

Senate Passes $1 trillion infrastructure package and includes $1 billion over a five-year period to help states remove pipes, known as culverts, that allow streams to flow under roadways.
• Senate infrastructure package could ‘significantly improve’ salmon habitat

Acoustic Smolt Tagging Project for Fall-Run Salmon and Butte City Release Point

In an effort to turn the tide of vastly decreased river salmon runs, the Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association (NCGASA) has collaborated with the Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA) along with government agencies to increase future river salmon runs by means of a three-year experiment.

James Stone, president of the NCGASA, was on scene at the Butte Creek launch ramp on Friday afternoon to observe the release of 186,000 salmon smolts in the 3 to 4-inch range. He was accompanied by several members of the Golden State Salmon Association including President John McManus and Secretary and Executive Committee member, Dick Pool. He said, “We had originally planned to release the smolts 29 miles upriver at Scotty’s Landing near Chico at mile marker 195, but the water was only 2 feet deep, and we were unable to utilize our net pens with the flows at merely 4100 cfs.  As a result, we pivoted to move the release downstream to mile marker 169 which is just above the Butte City Bridge. This release was our variable group of smolts since a control group of 187,000 smolts was released at Battle Creek near the Coleman Hatchery on Wednesday. 25 percent of both groups of smolts are outfitted with wire-code tags, and an equal number of smolts in each group are outfitted with a $300 acoustical tag provided by the Bureau of Reclamation.”

NCGASA president James Stone (left to right) stands with project advocates and principals, CDFW employee and Mokelumne Hatchery Manager Bill Smith, President of Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA) John McManus and GSSA Secretary and Executive Committee member Dick Pool. Due to heavy losses, Pool advocated for years before the release project and study came into reality.

The project was the brainchild of Pool who said, “I proposed this project eight years ago, and although it took five years to make it happen, we are trying to test the survival rate of Coleman Hatchery smolts if they are released further downstream. A survey by the Santa Cruz Science Center in 2007 demonstrated that only 37 percent of the smolts made it from Coleman to the Butte City Bridge and during low water years such as 2007-09, the loss of smolts was 70 percent in the first 100 miles of the release. When the river is running high and fast, the predators don’t have much of a shot, and the smolt survival rate is much higher. It is extremely important to release the smolts in the upper river as we have discovered that smolts released in San Pablo Bay and beyond don’t track back to the streams of origin, becoming lost in various waterways in their attempt to spawn. Thanks to the cooperation of several agencies including the US Fish and Wildlife Department and the Bureau of Reclamation, we were able to set up this project. It occurred first during a high-water year in 2019, and many of the smolts were washed out. The 2020 project was postponed due to COVID, and this is the first year we have completed the releases during a low water year.”

To follow these smolts as they migrate to the ocean. You can go to the CalFishTrack website and watch them “pin” in at various locations in real-time during their life cycle. Click on the LINK at the end of this article.

Stone added, “The goal is to have both the control group and the variable group released on Friday meet close to each other and travel towards the Golden Gate and into the ocean. As each group has members rigged with the acoustical tags, we can monitor their arrival at various locations along the journey including the Butte City Bridge, Tower Bridge in Sacramento, and finally, the Benicia Bridge in Suisun Bay. These are fall-run salmon, and they will be returning to the river in 2023, allowing for a three-year study to determine what is occurring with our river salmon. The health of the upper river is in obvious jeopardy, and this study will help provide answers as to why this is occurring, whether it is a matter of not enough nutrients available for the smolts or other factors. In 1996/97, salmon were released as fry which amounted to 200 to 300 percent more salmon, but the survival rate was extremely low as the smolts were sucked up into pumps along the gauntlet. Our release was planned for the evening resulting in far less predation from birds who key on the releases. Another aspect of Butte City was the deep water access adjacent to the launch ramp.”

According to Stone, the approximately 400,000 smolts were enhancement fish and not included in the normal mitigation releases as the goal of the Coleman Hatchery is to raise plus or minus 15 percent of 12 million smolts annually for the general hatchery management plan.

The ‘conveyor belt’ of the primary river for California’s salmon population is currently ‘broken’ as evidenced by the poor returns over the past several years, and collaborations such as this are essential to keep salmon a viable species within our state. Fortunately, due to the efforts of dedicated individuals within organizations desperately attempting to save California’s salmon from extinction, a collaboration with government agencies is in process.

Click Here for CalFishTrack real time information on this hatchery fall-run Chinook salmon acoustic tagging project for the 2020-2021 Season.

Striped Bass Derby April 17-18

Join us for the Striped Bass Derby on April 17-18!

What: Striped Bass Derby and Fundraiser
When: April 17-18, 20201
Where: Colusa Public Boat Ramp, 50 10th St. Colusa, CA 95932
Time: 2:30pm to 4pm Weigh in and Lunch
Entertainment: DJs, BBQ and prizes
Extras: Download the NCGASA app on your phone. You can upload photos of your catches to the app and we’ll add them to a photo gallery. Or send your striper photos to  or post/send them to the NCGASA Facebook page.

• $10,000 for first place
• Pay 10 places
• Cash, Prizes and Raffles

Derby Rules: Slot target fish. Weigh ins at the Colusa Boat Ramp. 1 male fish only/per person/per day – weigh in for both days. No FEMALES.
*Simms’ Big Fish Catch & Release Category (30 inches) – you must have a big fish ruler to participate. You must check in and pick up a custom ruler for this Big Fish category at the Colusa Ramp. You can pick up rulers on Friday from 5pm to 7:30pm and Saturday morning from 4:30am to 5:30am.  You cannot leave the ramp before 4:30am. *Simms Big Fish Catch & Release: Photograph and or video, plus measure from nose to the fork of the tail. And, proof of release please.
• For complete rule sheet jpg, CLICK HERE.  You must know these rules.
• For the official flyer plus rules on back PDF file, CLICK HERE.

Boundaries: Discovery Park in Sacramento at the mouth of the American River and up both arms of the Sac and Feather rivers to the Ord Bend Boat Ramp.

NCGASA Contacts:
NCGASA President, James Stone: 530-923-9440 or
Alisa or Ron Kelly: 707-489-5609 or or
Scott Hambelton: 916-997-3949 or
General Info:

City of Colusa
SIMMS Fishing
Kittles Outdoor & Sports Co.
Fish Kevin Brock Guide Service
Creative Composition
Johnson’s Bait & Tackle
Angler Innovations
Colusa Specialty Farms

*** Download the NCGASA app on your cell phone. Sign up, once approved by an admin, click on the gear icon at top right, fill in your contact info. + upload a photo or avatar of yourself, then click on the Submit Striper Photos button on the bottom left to take a photo of your striper. These photos will be sent to  or you can send the to the NCGASA Facebook page.

Senate Bill 252 to outlaw bear hunting in California withdrawn by lawmaker

Senate Bill 252 to outlaw bear hunting in California withdrawn by lawmaker, after online campaign. A petition made change with 27,712 supporters. California wildlife officials close the bear hunting season if hunters report killing 1,700 bears. Last year, the season ended on Dec. 27 with the state’s 30,394 licensed bear hunters killed just 919 bears.
• Read full article in the Sacramento Bee: CLICK HERE

SB 252 will end the hunting of black bears in California
The bill will be heard in the California State legislature in March.
From the Office of S. Weiner on January 26, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 252, the Bear Protection Act. Currently the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) allows hunters to kill up to 1,700 black bears in a single season. This legislation would ban all sport hunting of black bears, while exempting situations in which bears can be killed to protect human safety, public property, livestock, and endangered and threatened species, and for scientific research. SB 252 is sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.

Increasing stress due to climate change and wildfire-induced habitat loss has put a serious strain on California’s black bears, and recreational hunting has only further endangered the population. While habitat loss has created an uptick in human-bear conflicts in recent years, hunters rarely remove those problem bears from the population. Instead, they target non-offending bears in remote areas, far from where conflicts occur.

California has already implemented many protections for wildlife, including bans on the hound hunting of bears and bobcats, the hunting of mountain lions and bobcats, and all recreational trapping. A recent poll showed that 70 percent of California voters do not support sport hunting of black bears, and 62 percent would support legislation to ban the practice.

“Over the past few years, black bears have faced unprecedented habitat loss due to climate change and wildfires, and continued sport hunting in California makes survival an even tougher climb,” said Senator Wiener. “It’s time we stop this inhumane practice once and for all.”

“Californians deeply value the environment and have shown time and again that they don’t want to see their iconic wildlife slaughtered for sport,” said Sabrina Ashjian, California State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “By passing The Bear Protection Act, California can cement its position as a leader in protecting our natural resources and spare thousands of California’s majestic and beloved black bears from a needless and unnecessary death.”

CLICK HERE for article from the Sacramento Bee

CLICK HERE to help the CA Deer Association fight this Bill

Concerns about inland salmon fishery on the Sacramento River system

Download this letter as a PDF: NCGASA PFMC Escapement letter 02.22.2021.

February 22, 2021

Susan Bishop
Branch Chief, West Coast Regional Office
Anadromous Harvest Management Branch
West Coast Regional Office
1201 Northeast Lloyd
Portland, OR 97232

Dear Ms. Bishop,

The Northern California Guides and Sportsmen’s Association (NCGASA) appreciates the opportunity to communicate with you on a priority item. NCGASA is an association of over 600 licensed guides and over 4,000 sportsmen and women that work together to protect and increase hunting and fishing opportunities throughout California. NCGASA acts as a voice to represent all people who use California’s waterways and lands. We work closely with many other conservation organizations to make sure we leave a legacy to our children and grandchildren; the same access to outdoor recreation and appreciation for abundant wildlife and fisheries that was instilled in so many of us. More specifically for this letter, we represent the sportsmen’s voice of the guiding community the relies on California’s recreational fisheries to support and feed our families. Our footprint spans the breadth of California, including the Sacramento and Delta fisheries that have historically been freshwater salmon fishing hotspots.

We have many concerns about the state of our inland salmon fishery on the Sacramento River system, including the nearly historically low recreational harvest in the 2020 season (and generally since 2013), consistently missing the PFMC escapement targets (5 out of the past 6 years), missed egg harvest goals at state (enhancement) and federal hatcheries (mitigation), and the counting of unspawned, euthanized fish at hatcheries towards annual escapement goals.

It is the specific topic of escapement that we seek to address in this letter.

The Sacramento River inland salmon fishery, running from mid-July to December, is a vital lifeline for the hundreds of guides and small business in rural and urban communities in the Delta and northern California who rely on the tourism and angler enthusiasm salmon fishing presents. This watershed is also near and dear to our hearts because all of us live among these communities, many times for generations, and consider this a resource to be cherished and nurtured to be passed down to our children, grandchildren and their generations.

While I am writing this letter in my capacity as the Executive Director of NCGASA, I am also a full-time fishing guide myself. As you know, in 2018 I was appointed to the PFMC Salmon Advisory Subcommittee as a California sport recreational fishery representative. I am also on the state California Advisory Committee for Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout (CACSST). This has given me a front seat to the decision making processes at the federal and state level, and what I see troubles me.

In recent history we have seen return runs as high as 769,000 adults (2002) to a mere 43,000+ adults (2017). In some years (2008-2010) the industry faced dire straits and full and partial closure. Despite some modest improvements since 2010, for the past 7 seasons (since 2013) we have again been heading in the direction of losing the inland recreational fishery entirely. 2012-2013 was the last season we had over 250,000 fish return to the system, and a somewhat decent fishery. In the many years since then returns have been far lower, and the inland recreational harvest has been dismal.

NCGASA believes that our management strategies are a practice of managing to the minimum, rather than exploring ways to improve the fishery. We are constantly managing towards meeting the minimum for escapement, which is currently set between 122,000 and 180,000 on annual basis. Hatchery management practices seem to dictate management strategies that, as long as the bare number of fish return to make egg harvest goals, are deemed successful. There are multiple problems with this, including the deterioration of the inland fishery. Additionally, in the past 4 years we have at least twice failed to meet egg harvest objectives on both the state and federal side. In other words, managing to the minimum escapement and hatchery expectations is not working, is destroying the inland fishery, and season after season bears this out.

In 2020, PFMC set the escapement for the Sacramento River fall chinook at 141,900 fish. As of the writing of this letter, we have failed to miss that target again (137,900), meaning that we have now failed to meet escapement 5 of the past 6 years. Historically we have missed escapement 10 of the last 14 years.

Worse, the 2020 models were showing an estimated return of 274,000 fish, including a projected river harvest of 41,500 fish, leaving 233,000 for escapement. We didn’t come close to those expectations, on either front. Cleary, we have an issue with our ocean fishery model that needs immediate attention and correction.

Let me be clear, this is not about the inability of anglers to harvest salmon. We have become quite proficient at catching them. Modern rods, lures, fish finders and countless days on the rivers (our daily office) make it clear that in a year like 2020, the fish are simply not there in the numbers estimated. We have polled the top 200 guides on the river and believe the entire river harvest was as low as 7,000-8,000 fish total for system (guides and other recreational anglers). In all reality, although it pains us to state it, we should probably not be fishing on the stock in a year like this. The 2020 season felt like the 2007 season, which prefaced the full collapse in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Furthermore, the escapement targets we use every year are shorted because we are counting unspawned, euthanized fish from the hatchery system towards “meeting” that number. On any average year across the system, and in particular at the Feather River hatchery, fall run fish that run up the ladder during spring run egg harvest are removed from the system and needlessly slaughtered without the opportunity to naturally spawn or contribute their eggs to the hatchery process. In fact, this is such a frequent occurrence that the State of California has a standing contract with a seafood processor in Washington State to haul away, clean, package, and sell those unspawned fish in refrigerated trucks. In some years, this number has exceeded 30,000 fish between the three hatcheries on the Sacramento River system. That is nearly 20% of the escapement goal in a year like 2020, which undeniably undercuts the purpose of escapement modeling. In order to provide a more accurate accounting for escapement, we need to stop the practice of counting these fish that are removed from the system towards meeting our escapement goals. Ideally, we would like these fish to remain in the river and spawn naturally, but if they are removed as unnecessary take then they must not be counted towards escapement goals.

These management decisions can put us in the tenuous position of balancing an ocean vs inland recreational fishery. Let us be crystal clear: anglers should not be pitted against each other under any circumstances, and it is not our intent to suggest actions that take from the ocean fishery. We are looking at the fishery as a whole. The cause of this problem is not our salt brethren; they are also mere bystanders in the failure to manage the salmon other than to the minimum. The system is one of freshwater and salt, and all parties need to be engaged in this conversation. The angler is not at fault; that lies with the leadership and management decisions being made over the conservation and harvest of this resource.

The minimum 122,000 escapement target, which we are likely to consider in 2021, has significant repercussions for the inland recreational fishery. This target is established with one thing in mind – ensuring an ocean harvest can take place, and the bare minimum number of fish can return to the system for some natural spawning and to meet hatchery goals. What it does is completely eliminate the recreational inland river harvest. Hundreds of guides and ten’s of thousands of anglers recreate on inland rivers, and the PFMC targets all but ensure that the fishing is poor, that angler opportunity is diminished, that people who buy a license go home disillusioned and turned off of fishing. Couple this with 1 fish bag limits (which we’ve had recently) and angler enthusiasm in the system is at all time lows and continuing to crater.

We acknowledge there are countless stressors on the fishery. An updated report on the thiamine deficiency issue being studied by Dr. Rachel Johnson should be given to the SAS in March. This report is expected to provide an update in the die-off of natural spawners, specifically on the Feather River in 2019. Heavy anchovy diet has led to a thiamine deficiency, which was corrected in the hatchery, but we were not able to do present the same solutions to natural spawners. Ocean conditions are variable, changing hydrological conditions, warmer water temperatures, and a myriad of other issues complicate abundance and returns.

The Sacramento river system is a hatchery driven system; the more fish we put in the more we take back. We suggest that one response would be to increase production levels back to what they were in the 1990’s, which is nearly a 100% increase from today’s numbers.

Regardless of the cause, we all know that we have been in some trouble for some time, and if we do not take immediate action we fear we will again collapse this fishery. It has come to our attention that various environmental organizations and individuals are waiting in the wings to propose CESA and ESA listing for Late Fall and Fall run salmon. Those actions would truly be a death knell to our commercial and recreational sportfishing industries, not to mention the significant impacts to urban and agricultural water suppliers. We are gravely concerned about what would happen not only to our inland fishery, but the fishery as a whole, if one of these groups steps forward and files a petition.

Managing to the minimum has gotten us to this point. In our opinion the PFMC must immediately raise escapement goals to help with the survival of the species and improve the fishery. We certainly need to stop counting unspawned euthanized fish towards the escapement count. We need to also immediately re-evaluate the modeling that our system relies on and to protect this public trust resource; a track record of 5 out of 6 misses is nothing to be proud about and suggests that something is very wrong.

As members of the communities representing Sutter, Butte, Sacramento, Placer, Yuba, Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa, Stanislaus, Shasta, Glenn, Colusa, and Tehema Counties, we are appealing to you to take urgent and necessary action to protect the remaining fishery that we currently have, and to adopt stronger standards for escapement to ensure viability and sustainability of the inland river fishery and to properly meet escapement goals.

Please contact me at to discuss further.

James Stone
President and Executive Director
Northern California Guides and Sportsmen’s Association

November Online Auction Fundraiser

Dear Nor-Cal Guides & Sportsmen Association members and partners. Our non-profit organization was unable to host a fundraising dinner this year due to COVID-19. Instead, NCGASA hosted an online silent auction from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7 on the NCGASA Facebook page.

More than 100 items were auctioned off in order to support the organization through 2021 and beyond. Guided fishing and hunting trips,  gear, and all kinds of high value items were donated and won by our NCGASA membership on Saturday, Nov. 7. Thank You to all who donated! Thank you to all that sent in bids and hung in there with us as we attempted this first-ever online auction. We appreciate your support more than you’ll ever know. We couldn’t of done this without you. We’ll keep fighting for your hunting and fishing rights into 2021! If you’d like to see us do more of these live auctions throughout the calendar, let us know.

Questions and payments: Text Alisa at (707) 489-5609 0r James Stone at (530) 923-9440. See jpgs below of the winning bids – drag jpg off to your desktop to view at 100%. Click  Silent Auction List FINALPDF file to download.






Sacramento Valley River Salmon Fishing Contest

$50 Entry Fee

Enter Here

Dates: Tuesday, September 1 – Saturday, October 31, 2020

• Grand Prize is a Lifetime Fishing License
• 10 winners! 3 side pots!
We’ll be giving away Rods, Reels, Coolers , Gear and More!
All prizes valued at $200 or higher.

Contest Rules: Prizes are based on 100 entries and the NCGASA Board of Directors reserve the right to change the prize structure if less than 100 entries. 10 winners for biggest salmon (length in total inches) and 3 included side categories:  1) Top Smoker, 2) Vampire Teeth and 3) Boat Flip.

NCGASA has the right for final approval on all entries and has the final say. All entries must include adequate  photo evidence such as length of fish on a ruler, proof of date, time and location. OR send entry fee by mail to: NCGASA, PO Box 111, Sutter CA 95982. For questions, contact James Stone at

Boundary Rules: The mouth of the Sacramento river in Rio Vista
to Barge Hole/Thermolito Outlet/American River Hatchery

Donate to Ellis Lake


Help us stock Ellis Lake in Marysville, CA. Donate via PayPal to or mail check to PO Box 111, Sutter, CA 95982






View/Download PDF – FACT SHEET 1

Coleman National Fish Hatchery Project

NCGASA began engaging with Coleman National Fish Hatchery after hearing about an excess of adult steelhead filling the raceways at the facility. These fish came into the hatchery in an overabundance. The plan was to hold them in captivity due to wild population influence and salmon smolt predation. The fish had been put into a holding pond after hatchery mitigation numbers were reached and the fish began to die at an alarming rate. These fish arrived at the hatchery as a result of a rain filled winter in 2017 and positive hatchery results. We have worked with the hatchery and government officials to make sure sportsmen, guides, and the fly fishing community have an ample opportunity to catch, harvest, and release these fish for future generations.

Save our Kelt Steelhead at Coleman Hatchery

2 Million Salmon Raised

Porter Valley Project

The Potter Valley Project is a small hydropower project in the headwaters of the Eel River. It consists of two dams, a mile-long diversion tunnel, and a powerhouse with a 9.4 mw capacity. The project is located in the Eel River headwaters and diverts water out of the watershed into the Russian River. Removing this project is the necessary first step to fisheries recovery on the Eel River. Learn more about dam impacts to fisheries habitat & flow, local economy, energy production, and downstream safety here.

For more information click here:

Feather River Sediment


The California Salmon Council (CSC) under the direction of the California Department of Fish & Game (DFG) assembled an Advisory Committee to develop a first draft recommendation for the 2008 Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries Disaster Program. The DFG took the Council’s recommendations and worked with the governments of Oregon and Washington to create a uniform set of criteria for the three impacted states. The following California plan is posted here for public view.

Project One

The California Salmon Council (CSC) under the direction of the California Department of Fish & Game (DFG) assembled an Advisory Committee to develop a first draft recommendation for the 2008 Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries Disaster Program. The DFG took the Council’s recommendations and worked with the governments of Oregon and Washington to create a uniform set of criteria for the three impacted states. The following California plan is posted here for public view.
The CSC will assist the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) to distribute the 2008 disaster funds in accordance with the plan when it is officially approved by the Federal Government.

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