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If you have any question regarding the bank fishing closure in Ryer Island, Grand Island, and Brannan Island, please contact the Reclamation Levee Districts who own these levees. 916-776-2277
One after another Islands were closed to public access from these Local Levee districts that cause to much damage in the local economy and most small business in the Delta are going to bankrupt. Looking back three years of bank fishing closures, there are to much damage in the revenue and part of that are tax revunue for the State of California. These iresponsible decisions are unacceptable. Now aday to gain our rights to call and write the letters to these agencies to correct this badly decisions from one who is not even think about the public of interests and come up with this destructive decisions. If you can help to draft the letter and pass it to all people and all small business in the Delta to sign up and send them to our legislatures for corrections and investigation about the decisions of these Local Levee Districts. Thanks for your supports.

If you feel the explanation from Levee Districts is not the right answer, you can file a complain form to Grand Jury of the Sacramento County as explained in this wesite: http://www.sacgrandjury.org/documents/complaint.asp regarding about this bank fishing closure, our legislative rights,  public access law have been violated, and our fishing right is taken away. 

The official complaint form is available from the Grand Jury office. You may obtain one by telephoning the office at (916) 874-7559 and asking that one be sent to you. When you receive it, fill it out and mail or deliver it to:

Sacramento County Grand Jury
720 - 9th Street, Room 611
Sacramento, CA 95814

Please contact your State Legislator if you can give a hand on this.
Thanks for your help.

To find your legislator from this website and click on YOUR LEGISLATOR, then enter your zipcode.




In the Isleton area, please contact senator Machado:


 State Capitol, Room 3086
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-2407
Fax (916) 323-2304


District Office

1020 N Street, Suite 502
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-4306
Fax (916) 323-2596


31 E Channel St., #440
Stockton, CA 95202

(209) 948-7930
Fax (209) 948-7993


Sacramento County board of supervisors contact: http://www.bos.saccounty.net/

Mr. Don Nottoli is District 5 Supervisor.


If you belond minority groups, please check www.unitedasian.org to get them help.


If anyone who know about the lawyer who specialize in the public land. public access, the California Constitution Protection, please e-mail to:

themasterbaiter@lycos.com. Thanks for your help.



Letter From President of California Striped Bass Association







                                                                                                August 20, 2002

                                                                                                 Stockton, Ca.

SUBJECT: Right to Access

                   Fishing and Boating


To:              C.S.B.A State Board Members


As we go about our daily lives, we do not pay a lot of attention to governmental agencies that have an impact on our lives. We mostly trust these agencies to do the right thing and protect our legislative rights.


Article 10, Section 4, of the Constitution of the State of California states: Access to Navigable Waters

No individual partnership, or corporation, claiming or possessing the frontage or tidal lands of a harbor, bay, inlet, estuary, or other navigable water in this State, shall be permitted to exclude the right of way to such water whenever it is required for any public purpose, nor to destroy or obstruct the free navigation of such water; and the Legislature should enact such laws as will give the most liberal construction to this provision, so that access to the navigable for the people thereof

(Adopted June 8, 1976)


The State Constitution goes on to state in article 1, Section 25, Fishing Right over public lands; Legislative regulation

The people should have the right to fish upon and from the public lands of the State and in the water thereof, excepting upon lands set aside for fish hatcheries, and no land owned by the state shall ever be sold or transferred without reserving in the people the absolute right to fish thereupon; and no law shall ever be passed making it a crime for the people to enter upon the public lands within this state for the purpose of fishing in any water containing fish that have been planted statute, provide for the season when and the conditions under which the different species if fish may be taken.

(Added Nov. 8, 1910)


            Then there is the Doctrine on Implied Consent, which holds that a property owner who is aware of trespass, or entry, or crossing his land, and take no action to prevent such trespass, or entry, or crossing, over a period of time, may not arbitrarily close off the land to above actions without due process of law. By the property owner being aware of the above actions, and taking no steps to prevent them, his consent is implied. (This is taken from Old English Law, which is the basis for much of law and regulations.)


            The reason that I call this to your attention is that in the past few years, we have lost and we are continuing to loss access to fishing and boating areas.

            Ryer Island, a popular bank fishing area North of Rio Vista has been declared off limits to fishing by the local Reclamation District. This in spite of a Public funded ferry system to the Island, and public maintained and funded highway around and through the Island. The Reclamation District claims that this is their land and they will do whatever they want with it. Except, of course, when there is a flood and the public coffers are used to repair and reclaim their land


            The north of Mormon Slough where it enters the Stockton Turning Basin has been fenced off and access is denied, in spite of the fact that this has been a popular bank fishing spot for many years.


            Along Highway 160, which runs along the Sacramento River, Cal-Trans is fencing off River access to anglers. Again, this has been very popular spot for bank fishermen for many years. Many anglers cannot afford a boat and the river access provides them with good fishing areas.


            We cannot let these and other areas are lost to us as anglers and boaters. As boaters we are finding an increasing number of off limit areas on navigable waterways.


            If we do nothing, we are giving Implied Consent to and for these closures. What we can do is, every time an area is closed or restricted, contact your State Legislator, and demand that the Constitution of the State of California be honored.


                                                                                                M. L. Whitey Rasmussen


                                                                                                California Striped Bass Association.





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