Ramblings



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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Fall Turkey Season Coming Up
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by John Higley, NOVEMBER 6, 2017



Okay guys, the annual fall turkey season is almost upon us.  It begins on November 11 and will run until December 10.  The limit is one turkey of either sex per day--two per season.  After an unproductive deer season, at least for me, I am looking forward to hunting turkeys because I know where a few of them are, and that’s the first...
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Making the Most of Your Deer Tag
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by John Higley, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017



For a long time I’ve been thinking about the so called good-old-days with regard to deer hunting in this state. I started hunting deer in the dark ages of the 1950s when the entire state was open to anyone with a tag and there were lots more deer to hunt. Really. Since the 1970s herds have diminished a lot, and...
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Lessons From Kilarc
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by John Higley, AUGUST 21, 2017

Kilarc Reservoir

Well, we did it again. Fearing summer was slipping away without enough fishing, my pal Russ Herrick and I bounced our way up the three mile long gravel road to Kilarc Reservoir, a 4.5 acre PG&E pond near Whitmore.  Actually, we go to Kilarc a lot, and I suppose that’s understandable.  If you live in Shasta County it doesn’t take very...
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Kayak Bass Fishing
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by John Higley, AUGUST 7, 2017



When it comes to fishing during the summer I’m pretty much stuck in a rut. Okay, three ruts.  I’m either fishing for trout in a stream, trout in some back country lake, or I’m at a ranch pond in the foothills of Shasta County fishing for largemouth bass. Normally, I fish the pond from the bank but this summer, for whatever...
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More Quality Time
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by John Higley, JULY 23, 2017



As I sit here wondering what to do next, I suddenly realize I’m way behind on my fishing this summer.  Ordinarily, I’ve fished several streams by now, and I’ve hiked to at least a couple of backcountry lakes for trout.  I also would have fished a time or two with my better half Sharon, but that hasn’t happened either.  I can...
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