Lake Hennessey is in prime shape right now for fishing, kayaking, sailing and other activities.
The water level is only two feet below full, making for spectacular scenery and flooding the tules and other cover in which fish can hide and feed.
This condition is highly unusual for this late in the summer, but it’s a very welcome one thanks to Mother Nature’s wet winter and thoughtful management by the City of Napa’s water department.
Water clarity and temperature are also excellent, making for good fishing for both bass and trout.
On a recent morning trip in search of bass, we found the fish to be quite finicky about what lures they would strike.
Once we finally landed a couple, we discovered why — the fish are fat with food. Every bass we caught was sporting a very healthy belly.
If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought it was spring time and these fish were full with eggs and ready to spawn!
The truth is, they are just gorging themselves on the plentiful feed in the lake. One of the bass we caught had the evidence right in its mouth, as the tail of a recently-nabbed minnow was still visible in the back of its throat.
Crawfish, shad minnows, and this year’s hatch of bass fingerlings are teeming in Hennessey’s waters, and all are on the menu for adult bass and trout.
After Labor Day, the city water department typically starts reducing the lake level to make room for winter rains.
For now, however, our local resource is in beautiful shape and eager to play host for one last summer outing.
Heavy-handed gun laws being discussed in state legislature
California lawmakers are considering passing several laws that would seriously infringe on the rights and freedoms of gun owners.
The following bills are currently up for vote:
• AB 809 (Feuer) would require a permanent registry of long guns — including all shotguns and rifles.
Under AB 809, those who purchase or even transfer a shotgun or rifle will be required to permanently register that firearm with the California Department of Justice by submitting their name, address, place of birth, phone number, occupation and sex.
AB 809 is on the Senate Floor and can be voted on as early as next week.
• SB 798 (De Leon) would allow local governments to adopt independent ordinances regulating nearly all aspects of the sale and manufacturing of imitation firearms, BB devices, and air rifles — including those legally used for hunting wild turkey and small game.
The result would be a patchwork of local ordinances, creating mass confusion amongst BB device owners and purchasers. SB 798 can be voted on at any time.
• SB 427 (De Leon) would redefine “handgun ammunition” to include many commonly used rifle rounds and allow for full implementation of AB 962 — an ammunition registration law passed in 2009, portions of which were recently ruled unconstitutional by the courts.
Under the provisions of AB 962, mail order and Internet sales of handgun and some rifle ammunition would essentially be banned given that all transactions must now be completed “face-to-face.”
Additionally, sportsmen and women would be forced to submit personal information when buying commonly-used sporting ammunition, even though they had already undergone an extensive background check with the purchase or transfer of a firearm.
SB 427 is on the Assembly Floor and can be voted on at any time.
The California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA) is lobbying on behalf of all gun owners to defeat these unnecessary and intrusive measures.
You can help by contacting your Legislator immediately and asking them to oppose these bills.
The State Senator for Napa County is Noreen Evans (1040 Main St., Suite 205, Napa, CA 94559, 224-1990).
Napa County’s representative in the State Assembly is Michael Allen (1040 Main St., Suite 205, Napa, CA 94559, 258-8007).
For information regarding how to contact these and other Legislators, visit http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html
Guy Carl is a CPA and partner with BDCo Accountants and Advisors in St. Helena (www.bdcocpa.com). Contact Guy at GC.firstname.lastname@example.org