When the Rivers Ran Black with Salmon

Talk to enough anglers in California, and you may hear at least one version of a story passed down for generations: how the rivers once ran black Read More…

Delta Smelt: Where Do We Go From Here?

The endangered delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) lies squarely in the middle of a heated debate over the current state of California’s Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta and how its Read More…

The new normal

It’s no secret that the vast majority of Central Valley streams have been extensively modified in the relatively brief period since the California Gold Rush of the Read More…

Sport fishes and food safety

Few things are quite as satisfying as frying up a fish you've caught yourself. But could eating that keeper pulled from the river be dangerous to your Read More…

In the thick of it

Sometimes the riverine habitat we work in doesn’t even resemble a river – at least not at first glace. A good example is when we sample seasonally Read More…

The Delta: California’s big bass lake

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was recently awarded a spot among the top ten best black bass fishing locations in the United States -- but given that black Read More…

Surviving the south Delta

One of the most intensive fishery studies ever conducted in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta culminated in 2011. The twelve-year study, known as the Vernalis Adaptive Management Program Read More…

Floodplain fish

A species named for its appearance, the Sacramento splittail (Pogonichthys macrolepidotus) is a large, native cyprinid minnow with a deeply forked caudal fin (tail) that is found Read More…