Local bass clubs protesting $25 Lake Oroville fee

Feb 26, 2015 7:26 PM by Brian Johnson

"We're not going to do any events or anything on this lake until we can hopefully get this thing resolved," Chico Bass Conservation Club President Rod Miller said.

Thursday, Miller explained that there is a new, unwarranted fee at their home lake, Lake Oroville.

It's a one-time $25 fee for each event, on top of $13 launch fees for each boat.

While Miller said that $25 might sound trivial, anglers feel this is just the start of more fees to come.

"It's just the idea that we know it's not going to stop there," Miller said. "It's going to increase just like when they put the dam in..."

California State Parks and Recreation Sector Superintendent Aaron Wright told Action News Now this is an application fee that has been around since 1990.

But he said because of the state's current financial situation, the fee has only started to be enforced for smaller tournaments over the last few months.

In other words, there will be no more waiving fees, which go towards patrol, maintenance, and facilities at the lake, Wright said.

But to Miller, the fee is unwarranted.

And so Chico Bass Conservation Club is taking a stand, cancelling their spring invitational along with a handful of other club tournaments the rest of the year.

The Paradise Bass Club has joined the fight, and Miller said they're spreading the word to fishing groups from south of Sacramento, to north of Redding.

He said they have plans to make an appointment with Congressman Doug LaMalfa as well.

"We're not going to back off until somebody just flat says whatever, and then we just won't fish Lake Oroville, we will not have any events, or anything to do with Lake Oroville at all," Miller said.

Wright tells Action News Now that any negotiation on this application fee would most likely have to be decided in Sacramento.

He said that if anyone has questions about this fee now being enforced, to call 530-538-2227.


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