Ramblings



Swell Day on The Sac
Ramblings
by John Higley, OCTOBER 10, 2018

Sacramento River - Upper

Last Friday, thanks to my pal Mike Bogue, a chap who has been guiding anglers full time on the Sacramento River for 27 years, I got the chance to ride along on a king salmon fishing expedition. With us was Cal Kellogg, another friend and the editor of the Fish Sniffer news magazine.  Our goal was to catch a salmon...
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Whiskeytown Update
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by John Higley, AUGUST 15, 2018

Whiskeytown Reservoir

Until you’ve seen it first hand, it’s hard to imagine the devastation caused by the Carr Fire which started near Whiskeytown Reservoir on July 23 and burned in Shasta and Trinity counties.  At this writing, more than a thousand homes in west Redding and surrounding communities have been destroyed. With so much structure damage, and more than 200,000 acres charred,...
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Mississippi’s Shut Mouth Turkeys
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by John Higley, MARCH 28, 2018



As some readers of my articles know, I travel on occasion to hunt wild turkeys in faraway places, and last week I did just that.  The occasion was a media hunt on which I was invited by Mike Jones of the Mississippi Development Authority.  He extended the invitation because my buddy Preston Pittman of Pittman’s Game Calls (look for his...
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Incident At Shasta Lake
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by John Higley, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Shasta Lake

In case you haven’t noticed, the weather lately has been way too good to keep us inside for any length of time.  That being the case, my friend Russ Herrick and I headed for Jones Valley and the shores of Shasta Lake the other day.  Our goal was to do a little bank fishing for trout which, I heard from...
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Chasing the Turkey Slams
Ramblings
by John Higley, JANUARY 15, 2018



I’ve been writing about turkey hunting since 1971. That’s when the first spring turkey season was held in California.  It was around that time that turkey hunting started to grow in importance throughout the country.  Thanks to game department conservation efforts, turkeys were introduced to new areas and the population increased across historic range.  With the opening of regulated hunting...
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The Sacramento River’s Late Fall Salmon
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by John Higley, DECEMBER 7, 2017

Sacramento River - Lower

Last Monday, thanks to my pal Mike Bogue, a chap who has been guiding full time on the Sacramento River for 26 years, I got the chance to ride along in his 23-foot North River Scout, powered by a 250 horse Yamaha outboard on a salmon fishing expedition.  We launched at the Ball’s Ferry ramp at around 6:30 a.m. and tried to...
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