Heck, they try to bum rides from CHP's, why not checkout a boat for some fresh salmon:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 4SRV31.DTL
300-pound California sea lion apparently made his way nearly 100 miles from San Francisco Bay up the San Joaquin River and into the heart of farm country, where a surprised farmer discovered him Monday morning sitting along a road in Merced County about half a mile from the nearest water.
The sea lion, healthy and now resting at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, is expected to be released back to the wild.
California Highway Patrol officers raced to the scene to find the marine mammal on the shoulder of Henry Miller Road, north of Los Banos. While patrol officers waited for help from wildlife experts, the animal sauntered over to a CHP car, jumped up on the trunk and lay down.
"You can imagine it was an unusual sight -- a California sea lion sunning itself on the back of one of our patrol cars out here in the valley,'' said Mike Panelli, CHP public information officer in Los Banos.
State Fish and Game Department officials said they believe the animal wasn't dumped but traveled on his own, probably chasing fish up the San Joaquin River. Sea lions can travel 15 to 20 mph in the open ocean, and, unlike the awkward harbor seals, they are mobile on land.
On Sunday, someone reported to the California Department of Parks and Recreation a sighting of a sea lion at the former Fremont Ford Recreation Area, now part of the Great Valley Grasslands State Park, where Highway 140 crosses the San Joaquin River east of Gustine, about 15 miles from where he was rescued.
Sea lions on the CA delta are bad. I have lost allot of striper and salmon to them. They come 100's of miles up river on the Sacramento and Feather. Up as far as redding near lake Shasta we get them.
There is a spot on the American river you can legally night fish for salmon. Had a sea lion come half in my boat to see if I had a fish in the middle of the night. Scared the crap out of me.