California Inland Fisheries Foundation, Inc., (CIFFI), is a volunteer operated, tax deductible 501 C3 non-profit foundation, incorporated in the State of California, dedicated to the enhancement of freshwater angling opportunities. The cooperative efforts between CIFFI and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and many partners, provide necessary funding to sustain multiple species of fish in California’s lakes and reservoirs. Founded in 1992, CIFFI is a success story in cooperative fishery management, beginning with Project Kokanee, and now providing assistance to many other projects.
Fisheries for NOW... and the Future!
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – CIFFI/PROJECT EAGLE LAKE TROUT - The Annual Traditional Independence Day Celebration held at the Eagle Lake RV Park & Store in Spalding was a resounding success once again. The 450-plus participants enjoyed a day full of family fun, food, horseshoes, raffles and games. Participation by the crowd performing the Star Spangled Banner on kazoos started the festivities and the fun and games were enjoyed by all, especially the kids casting contest and the free kids raffle. The weather was perfect and funds raised will continue to support PELT’s goals of making the fishing experience a good one at Eagle Lake. A message from Stafford Lehr, CDFW Deputy Director of Fish & Wildlife, and supported by Mike Harris, CDFW Region One, announced the matched-funding Federal grant of $50,000 obtained for processing past data and developing future projections for enhancement of Pine Creek. A special Thank You award was presented to Richard Burton, Senior Regional Service Manager of Honda Marine, for their on-going support and sponsorship.
The 9th Annual CIFFI/PELT Family Fun Fall Festival will be held at Eagle Lake on Saturday, September 2, 2017 - make plans now to attend. Mike and Kate Arnold, owners of the RV Park & Store, and crew provide the best in BBQ! It’s another great fundraiser…& you need to keep an eye out for the GNOME!!
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New to Fishing? You're Invited to Learn with Us!
CDFW's California Fishing Passport program would like to help more men, women and children learn how to fish. The program is offering free ocean fishing workshops that will teach new anglers about California's many ocean fish species, the environment they live in and how to fish for them. The next workshops are being offered in July and August. More Info
Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels
The California Department of Public Health recently announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast. The quarantine applies to all species of mussels that are recreationally harvested along the California coast, including all bays and estuaries. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning that can lead to serious illness. More Info
Be 'Bear Aware' this Spring and Summer
As spring and summer beckon people outdoors, California's black bears are also active after a long winter hibernation. CDFW encourages citizens to help reduce nuisance encounters with this iconic mammal by being "bear aware," which means taking responsible actions that promote responsible behavior while living and recreating in bear country. More Info
CDFW Fish Truck Tracker
CDFW raises and plants millions of trout each year for the enjoyment of anglers. To view trout planting schedules, visit the fish planting website. The fish planting schedule is updated in real time, directly by CDFW hatchery staff. Fish Planting Schedule
Eagle Lake Update…April 27, 2017
A great photo has been posted by Mike Arnold, a picture that most folks thought would take years to happen. Enough water has entered the lake in the Spring of 2017 to enable visitors to Spalding to launch their boats at the ramp. Skeptics in the past few years were convinced it would take a long time for this to happen, but it did, in one year. Mother Nature prevailed!
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Hunting Licenses and Big Game Drawing Applications Available Now
It's time to get serious about the 2017 big game hunting season
Hunters may now purchase a 2017 hunting license and apply for the 2017 Big Game Drawing. The deadline to apply for the drawing is June 2, 2017
(applicants must complete the sales transaction before 11:59:59 p.m.).
Big Game Hunting Digest
Proposed seasons, tag drawing application instructions and drawing statistics can be found in the redesigned 2017 California Big Game Hunting Digest. The book is available online and at license agents, and will be mailed to 2016 Big Game Drawing applicants and tag holders.
2017 BIG GAME DIGEST
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By: Troy Barr - published on the Pautzke Website
Berryessa is full right now. It’s been spilling for more than 50 days. This hasn’t happened in a decade. We are excited. You’re going to be able to fish places we haven’t fished in 10 years. There are old humps, canyons and canals where we haven’t had any water in ages. Now that they’ve been flooded fishing is going to be incredible. Ten years ago when this happened the trout and kokanee bite was phenomenal. Even in the drought the trout bite has been awesome. Now it’s just going to get better because there’s more oxygen in the water, which makes the trout more active.
The bite hasn’t exploded yet, but it’s on the verge. There’s been a lot of north wind lately and cold fronts, which has hurt the bite, but once pressure stabilizes it’s going to be game on. We are going to be able to catch Eagle Lake rainbows from the surface on down 45 feet and up to five pounds. We fished these rainbows through August last year so there’s a large window ahead of us. As soon as the weather stabilizes we are going to blow the ice chest off.
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From a communication from Kyle Murphy, DFW Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor), CDFW received 1 million Kokanee eggs from Washington State's Whatcom Fish Hatchery in mid-January. These eggs are located at the Silverado Fisheries Base (SFB) and under quarantine. Fish will remain at SFB and planted from there in May.