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Sacramento River steelhead fishing report
by Jeff Goodwin, DECEMBER 8, 2016
Sacramento River - Lower

This last week has progressively revealed a slowdown on the Sacramento River steelhead fishing for me, but we are still catching some very good fish. Fishing hard all day has paid off by day's end and we are coming in with 10-15 Steelhead hooked.  These steelhead, mostly wild, are absolute rockets when hooked on plugs and are not easy to...
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Baiting or Habitat Enhancement?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, DECEMBER 8, 2016

Question: I am an avid outdoorsman here in Southern California. I noticed on a recent scouting trip that someone left a bucket in one of my upland game hunting locations. It had some water in it and it looked like it was placed there to act as a person’s DIY waterhole. I’m not sure if they left it by accident or...
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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has selected Warden Nicole Kozicki as the 2017 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Kozicki has honorably represented CDFW in the San Francisco Bay Area and its communities for 27 years. Kozicki’s ability to handle complex, large-scale investigations — many of which have involved harm to threatened and endangered species — has earned her a...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today released the Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California (Part 1and Part 2). CDFW gathered diverse input from a varied group of stakeholders for the past two years before finalizing the plan. “Wolves returning to the state was inevitable, we always knew that,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “Over the past few...
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Steelhead season on hold due to rising rivers
by Kenny Priest, DECEMBER 7, 2016
Trinity River - Upper

Upper Trinity should remain fishable While most guides and sport anglers are taking a well-deserved break before the winter steelhead season kicks into high gear, several storms are once again bearing down on the North Coast. Rain is in the forecast for at least the next seven days, which just might keep the rivers at unfishable levels well into next week....
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Whiskeytown Lake Kokanee spawn in huge numbers
by Jeff Goodwin, DECEMBER 5, 2016
Whiskeytown Reservoir

Whiskeytown Lake saw a banner year of Kokanee salmon fishing in 2016.  As early as May this year, every trip I made to Whiskeytown Lake resulted in full limits of Kokanee salmon.  The sheer numbers of adult size Kokanee was simply staggering and as the season wore on, it became clear that there were more Kokanee in the lake than we had seen...
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