California Inland Fisheries Foundation has cancelled the June 6, 2015 Berryessa Derby & Winters “Salute to Summer” event.
At the recent CIFFI Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to POSTPONE the 2015 Berryessa Derby and subsequent festivities. The difficult decision was based upon several factors.
First of all, the Internet influences how we live our lives these days and negative press does factor how folks react. The word flew on the Internet - that Berryessa was in “serious trouble” and on “the verge of collapse”. There was even an assumption that the lake was being “mis-managed”. This appears to have resulted in slow and low early-bird sign-ups for the derby - important for CIFFI to gauge attendance numbers.
Another factor of course, is how folks feel about low water conditions in the lake. The drought has been felt but launching is available. This “smaller” lake, containing less water, means that the fish are concentrating in new and different areas from where they have been located in the past. They ARE there – the angler just has to re-think where they can be found. Even techniques have to be re-evaluated!
Weather and wind conditions this Spring have certainly had an effect on angling success. The month of May has been unseasonably cool with big winds almost daily. The fish know this and react accordingly.
When evaluating the situation, the CIFFI Board felt it was necessary to “pull the pin”! The town of Winters agreed and an agreement was reached – a new exciting Berryessa Derby and “Salute to Summer” with the Winters Chamber of Commerce and Rotary, for bigger and better in 2016! Plans are in the works and the date and BIG changes to the derby format will be announced soon. Think you know how to fish? 2016 will be your chance to prove it!
CIFFI thanks you for your support and we look forward to more angling opportunities in the future.Garry Erck, CIFFI President
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 Game, 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, May 16, 2015 - CIFFI Lake Pardee Team Derby
Under mostly clear skies and mild weather, the 23rd Annual Lake Pardee Derby was a huge success. More than 120 participants enjoyed the day of fishing, friends and food.
The great Tri-Tip luncheon was provided once again by Buckhorn Catering...our many thanks to them for their continued support. Kari & Richard Cooper of Lake Pardee were once again outstanding hosts. After lunch everyone enjoyed a great raffle and a free kids raffle.
CIFFI wishes to thank all of our sponsors of the derby - Lowrance, Pacific Gas & Electric, Davey Tree, American Truck & Trailer Body, Buckhorn Catering, California Sportman, Honda Marine, FishCharmer Web Design, Finger Family Foundation, and Sunny's Electric Marine. Volunteers who helped but on the event were Larry Aaker, Wendy Carrington, Terry & Debbie Schoeffler, Kurt Opendike & son, Gary Pilkington, & June Aaker.
This event was a team event and the kiddos were ranked on their own. The following is a list of the winners.
May 13, 2015.
LAKE BERRYESSA – Rainbow Trout Release at Markley Cove Resort
California Inland Fisheries Foundation, Inc., in partnership with California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, recently released this year’s rainbow trout from the Markley Cove pens. The trout were in excellent condition, many had doubled their weight and some had even tripled their plant weight. The fish were in the 1-1/2 to 2-1/4 pound range and were very healthy, feisty and colorful. Sample fish were netted, measured, weighed and released. CDFW Biologist, Elliott Doss, commented that releasing the fish with cool water conditions, in the 58 degree range, had a positive role on how healthy and active the fish were. CIFFI volunteers, under the direction of Project Supervisor, Stan Wong, were Brian Givens and John Dorenbecher.
Spring has almost sprung and with it comes our 2015 Family Fun Kokanee Derbies.
Only a few days left to enter the Pardee Lake TEAM derby for a chance to win a custom made CIFFI Downerigger Rod !
The number in your team is only limited by the number of anglers who can SAFELY fit into your boat. The weight in will be your best 5 Kokanee. Awards, lunch, and raffle will take place on the lawn as in past years. Enter before May 8th for a chance to win a custom made CIFFI Downrigger Rod !
All kids 15 and under fish for free courtesy of Lowrance. Two kids for each paid adult. FREE lunch for all participants !!!
Cash awards to 15 places and 10 non-winners will be drawn for CIFFI Bucks !
Now's the time to get your entries in... you can mail in your entry form that you received in the mail, download an entry form and mail in or apply & pay on-line by clicking on the derby on the left. A complete list of Derby Rules can be seen here.
Plan on joining in on all the fun, with good food, good friends and family ! See you there !!
Wednesday, May 20th, 7:00 PM
Gone Fishin' Marine
1880 N. Lincoln St. DIXON, CA.
Guest Speakers from California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife – STAFFORD LEHR, DAN YPARRAGARY, KYLE MURPHY, CASEY BARNES!
They’ll cover it all - Kokanee surveys, plants, on-going plans & more - you’ll get first-hand current accurate information!
Let’s get together - CIFFI members & Board of Directors for an informative General Membership Meeting – including FREE Buckhorn Tri-Tip sandwiches & GIANT RAFFLE.
Limited seating – Reserve Your Spot Here or call 209-810-9603
Gone Fishin’ Marine will be open for business!
A few items have been mailed since the first of the year...the 2014 CIFFI Update brochure, the Derby Postcard and your 2014 Membership cards that was purchased at the 2014 ISE Show in Sacramento.