mike & tami webThey pleaded. They petitioned. They promised. Then wishful bass fishermen said, “We’ll pay extra, if you (the Metropolitan Water District) would please, please extend that launch ramp at Diamond Valley Lake.”

Well, wouldn’t you know it, the MWD recognized a desperate cash cow when it saw one and said, “Fine!”

Since it was going to cost $1.1 million to extend the ramp, the water broker decided to take those anxious, petition-signing bass fishermen up on their offer–and now the boys will have to pay up.

Never mind that the facilities should have already been built entirely at MWD expense, the fisherman are now getting just what they wished for–a ramp.

Only looking at the new fee schedule, it will now cost 24 percent more for a single angler pulling his rig on a given day. Yet if he was looking for a real bargain–like an annual pass to amortize costs over 12 months–he better hurry.  Only if he gets over to the lake before the end of the year, can he purchase an annual pass at only a 35 percent increase. But if he were to wait to purchase that annual pass at the beginning of 2010, Mr. Bass Guy will then incur full 50 percent increase in the annual fee or a nice “raise” to $450.

To refresh everyone’s memory, I previously posted that the cost of the ramp extension would cost 1000 anglers (the number who signed petitions that apparently led to this action) $200 per year for five years to pay it down. Of course, now there is another possibility. If the lake draws 300 private boaters a day for 560 straight days at the daily $6 increase, they can pay off the ramp even faster.

I guess that old saying is true: Watch out what you wish for, you just might get it.

 




13 Responses to “DVL cashes in on desperate fishermen”


Interesting read George.

After rates increase I will be curious how the 2010 numbers of visitors will compare to previous years.

Maybe a Vail lake membership is just a better deal, NOT!! I’ll pay the money to fish a world class fishery while others can fish Perris and Elsinore.

CALIFORNIA POLITICS AT ITS BEST.CAN WE SUE FOR REIMBERSMENT?
ISNT THAT THE WAY ?

Well.. I wished for man sized crappers instead of those phone booths we have now. Still ain’t gonna happen.

I was there when the lake was being built and if memory serves me well, the launch ramp was an afterthought back then. MWD did everything not to include fishermen from the start, that is, until they were reminded that the lake exists at the behest of the public. To them, a small fly in the ointment. So, if anglers have to pony up, well isn’t that a lesson well-learned about the motives, ethics and ultimate goals of MWD? A morally bankrupt institution if there ever was one. Just remember, if you hear anything from MWD – if their lips are moving – they’re lying.

Um, don’t think so… as I recall, that was built as a world-class fishery from the start. Talk to Mike Giusti for the historical facts.

I do agree about the MWD though… snake-oil salesmen at best!

Sounds like they worked a killer deal and managed to (once again) swindle the anglers… too bad and shame on them!

Roger

ROGER: I HAVE LIVED IN HEMET SINCE 1993 AND WATCHED AS DIAMOND VALLEY LAKE WAS BEING MADE.I AM NOT POSITIVE BUT I RECALL MWD TRIED VERY HARD NOT TO OPEN UP THE LAKE TO BOATS. I BELEIVE THEY LOST THE BATTLE AND THEY MADE SMALL PONDS AND FILLED THEM WITH LARGE MOUTH BASS.THIS HAPPENED WHILE THEY WERE STILL WORKING ON THE LAKE BED.

Hank,

As I recall, it was always proposed and planned as a fishery, second only to the water management purposes. Here’s an excerpt from an article written at the time of the public opening:

“Because of the extensive fishery planning involved at Diamond Valley, Mike Giusti, the lead DFG biologist at the lake, calls the outcome a true department success story. In collaboration with Metropolitan since 1997, DFG managed the lake’s fishery since 1999.”

That shows that the fishery planning was started at least in 1997, and likely quite a bit prior since MWD and DFG don’t typically make fast moves and there would have had to have been lots of legalities to address prior to a public disclosure.

Here’s the full article if anyone is interested:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2003_Oct_2/ai_108447028/

Happy Thanksgiving all!!! Enjoy and be safe!

Roger

Sometimes good things just cost more George. That lake opening will bring life back to bassfishing in socal, not just for the anglers, but for all the business’s like mine and Last Chance, the local gas stations, hotels, you name it. As far as MWD, yes there are loads of politics, but I seem to forget that with every 4-5lber we swing over the rail. Life is short George, just like the ride from your house to DVL, so hitch a ride with someone and have fun. Tell Jones to cook a burger. lol Rick…. ps Thanks for the BAT coverage

RICK; if reopening of the ramp is beneficial to the business owners, why don’t the owners offer to kick in some money to help defray the cost. i don’t mind a small increase but when they raise the annual pass to 450.00 thats a little too much for guys like me who are old timers living on a fixed income.

I agree that the annual pass fee is high, and will only be bought by those going to really use the lake alot. Hopefully they will have a half price day or some other promo’s once the lake opens up again. Rick

by Giovanni Tancredi

I live 5 min. from Elsinore and not that far to DVL. If you want to catch more fish, not all legal size, the ramps are free, fish San Diego Bay. The most fun I ever had fishing. No body around you and used almost no gas,run and drift all day. Double hookups are common. I follow the bait fish and fish scented grubs bounce off the bottom on the tide drift. We brought food and drink and had so much going on we forgot to eat. No lake in Riverside or San Diego can touch the South Bay for fun and taking your kids for the first time and really catch fish. Throw them all back and motor over to Point Loma Sea Foods for buying fish. Have a good time.

by Scott Robertson

Not that I don’t understand there is a cost involved, but I think that dollar amount is heavily inflated and they are looking for the anglers to foot the bill. I think DVL is a great fishery, but not around the corner for me its an hour+ drive each way and with the inflated fees, I won’t be going there as often as I did before. Their saving grace will be that a lot of lakes are closed two days a week now, which gives fisherman that work less options.