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Lead ban reversed
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, MARCH 27, 2017

Trinity River

The day before President Obama went out of office, he signed an Exceptive Order that banned the use of lead ammo and fishing tackle on Federal Lands. The 52nd Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, signed Order 3346 that overturned the lead ammunition and fishing tackle ban on Fish and Wild life Service lands. This was a great turn of events for outdoor...
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Anderson Free Fishing Day Canceled
by Gary Heffley, MARCH 26, 2017
Sacramento River - Lower

After a final on-site inspection of the park and specifically the conditions of the ponds and public access points for angling, the decision was made to cancel the Free Kids Fishing Day portion of the April 1 festivities at Anderson River Park.   The ponds are murky and shoreline has not yet recovered from the high flood waters from the recent...
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How do fairy shrimp survive when their pools dry up?  a) They burrow deep underground to water hidden below the surface. b) They gather together in a gelatinous mass that is able to persist through the heat of summer. c) The adults die and the next generation awaits future rains in the form of egg cysts.  d) They grow wings and fly to permanent...
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Garrison Lake trout like panning for gold
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, MARCH 25, 2017

Garrison Lake

There is no better time than the present to grab your favorite trout rod-and-reel outfit, deploy your favorite trout tactic and head to Garrison Lake in Port Orford, Oregon, where ODFW has planted 600 trophy trout weighing over 2 pounds in the last 19 days.  In another two weeks, ODFW will be planting an additional 250 larger trophies in Garrison...
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Remembering Gabe Duran
by Gary Heffley, MARCH 24, 2017
Sacramento River - Lower

The Fly Shop in Redding is hosting the Gabe Duran Memorial Fly Fishing Tournament May 19-21. Gabe Duran was a local fly fishing celebrity, but his reputation reached much further.  I have had anglers tell of fishing with Gabe as far away as Montana. A larger than life presence with a personality and smile to match, he was a light...
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Redding Trout still slow
by Gary Heffley, MARCH 24, 2017
Sacramento River

The Sacramento River through Redding still has very limited visibility due to off colored water. Flows have been down for over a week but the river remains a dirty “coffee with cream” color. Very few guides have ventured out and those that have tested the waters are finding very limited success, scratching a few fish here and there. With the...
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