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March rainfall is near record low

Napa Valley Register

Date: 3/27/2015 9:30:00 PM

A wet December with 11.97 inches of rain filled some local reservoirs and left Lake Berryessa about 67 percent full, more than enough for boating and water recreation. But any hopes that December foreshadowed an end to what is now a four-year statewide

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Stripers and halibut action hot

Sonoma Index-Tribune

Date: 3/26/2015 9:38:00 PM

Call Rick at 875-3344. Bass fishing at Lake Berryessa is picking up this week. If you don’t have a boat, call guide Sid Silberberg at 650-583-3333. He can take you out for a productive day of angling on the lake, which is just a little more than an hour

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Fishing Report: Striper, sturgeon biting in Napa under warm temps

Napa Valley Register

Date: 3/26/2015 6:07:00 PM

You can call them at 255-5544. Lake Berryessa… has already seen the small mouth spawn, and post- spawn fish should be hungry and aggressive. I like white jigs or a brush hog hopped across the bottom for smallies. Start with a quick sustained hop

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Water Resources Outlook for March 26, 2015

NWS Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 3/26/2015

Water Resources Outlook for March 26

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Water agency releases latest Lake Berryessa levels

The Reoorter

Date: 3/23/2015 8:18:00 PM

The Solano County Water Agency released its latest lake levels and rainfall totals for Lake Berryessa Monday. According to the report, Lake Berryessa’s Surface Elevation as of Monday was down to 411.84 ft. (The top of the Glory Hole spillway is 439.96 ft

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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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