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Stripers, sturgeon catchable on Napa

Napa Valley Register

Date: 10/30/2014 7:41:00 PM

That rings the diamond back’s dinner bell — and puts them on the chew. (NO INDENT)Lake Berryessa … I continue to hear some good bass fishing results, including a nice bag of four-pound smallies and spots. Stay with it during this warm weather

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Recapping the Star’s endorsements

Napa Valley Register

Date: 10/29/2014 8:28:00 PM

On issues of local interest like the federal control of Lake Berryessa, he has proven his ability to work with members of both parties and rise above the paralyzing polarization that’s gripped Congress. Thompson’s no-party-preference challenger

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Lake Oroville

Examiner

Date: 10/29/2014 5:45:00 PM

If you’re an avid Northern California boater, wakeboarder or fisherman, you’re probably familiar with Lake Berryessa and Clear Lake. But do you know about Lake Oroville? Even long-time California residents have yet to discover this... BAM boats the

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Measure S: Positives outweigh negatives

Lake County Record Bee

Date: 10/28/2014 10:55:00 PM

Putting gates at ramps should only be a last resort. For example, if tquagga mussels were found in Lake Mendocino, Lake Berryessa or Lake Sonoma, then installing gates at the ramps on Clear Lake would be justified. The ideal solution would be to have choke

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Country Star Jon Pardi

sactownmag.com

Date: 10/26/2014 10:47:00 PM

I usually try to take some time off around May and September [and come back]. I still like all the old stomping grounds. I grew up hunting and going to Lake Berryessa. I miss the farms and going out to my buddies’ cattle ranches

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• Surface Area: 17,000 Acres
Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County, California. This reservoir is formed by the Monticello Dam, which provides water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lake was named for the first European settlers in the Berryessa Valley, José Jesús and Sexto "Sisto" Berrelleza (a Basque surname, Anglicized to Berreyesa then later respelled Berryessa), who were granted Rancho Las Putas in 1843.

Prior to its inundation, the valley was an agricultural region, whose soils were considered among the finest in the country. The main town in the valley, Monticello, was abandoned in order to construct the reservoir. This abandonment was chronicled by the photographers Dorothea Lange and Pirkle Jones in their book Death of a Valley. Construction of Monticello Dam was begun in 1953,[3] completed in 1958, and the reservoir filled by 1963, creating what at the time was the second-largest reservoir in California after Shasta Lake. The Monticello Dam with Lake Berryessa, Putah Diversion Dam with Lake Solano, and associated water distribution systems and lands are known collectively as the Solano Project, which is distinct from other federal water projects in California such as the Central Valley Project.

The lake has been heavily used for recreational purposes and encompases over 20,000 acres when full. The reservoir is approximately 15.5 miles long, but only 3 miles wide. It has approximately 165 miles of shoreline. It has a seaplane landing area that is open to the public. One of the larger islands supported a small plane landing area, but was closed in the early 1970s after the FAA issued a safety report.

Near the dam on the southeast side of the reservoir is an open bell-mouth spillway, 72 feet in diameter, which is known as the Glory Hole. The diameter of the pipe then shrinks down to about 28 ft. The spillway has a maximum capacity of 48,000 cfs.

The lake was the site of one of the infamous Zodiac murders on September 27, 1969.
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