At its recent quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board approved approximately $28.7 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California, including one for the Los Angeles River, according to its website.
A $1.4 million grant to the Council for Watershed Health for a cooperative project with the city of Los Angeles, the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, the Friends of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco Foundation for a planning project to provide designs, permits and environmental review for addressing impaired mobility for southern steelhead trout and other native fish along more than four miles of the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles.
“This is gonna blow your mind,” Josey Peters promised, calling me down to the banks of Ballona Creek. “You’ll never be the same.”
I pushed through the bushes, eased down the slippery slope and stepped into the muck of a million pieces of trash. For as far as I could see, east and west, the banks were littered with plastic cups, fast-food containers, spray paint cans and chip wrappers.
It had rained a smidgen the day before, the first wet weather of the season, and this was what had washed downstream from the area west of downtown Los Angeles. Debris floated in the murky water, too, and a lot more, no doubt, had washed out to sea.
Jeff Hernandez is a Southern California based and nationally renowned carp on the fly specialist. A true fishing addict, known better to his many social media friends as youngunz_612
Hernandez has been fishing since he could walk and has had a fly rod in his hand since he was 6, fishing trout rivers and streams for the majority of his childhood with his father. Fishing other Western states such as Utah, Colorado, Arizona along with steelhead fishing in Northern California and local inshore and offshore saltwater fly fishing has helped hone his skills. He has also worked his way up to the position of assistant manager at Bob Marriotts Fly fishing Store in Fullerton, Calif.; a dream job indeed and the envy of many a fly-fishing enthusiast.
“I’m completely consumed with carp fly fishing and love nothing better than a good ‘golden bonefish’ chase,” Hernandez said.
He currently spends almost all of his free time chasing carp in the local Los Angeles area urban rivers and back waters.
“Anytime I’m not on the water is spent creating on the vice. I am really excited to be a part of the ever growing sport of fly fishing for carp and completely stoked to be able to share my knowledge and love for the sport here via the American Carp Society’s website.”