Ramblings



Making the Most of Your Deer Tag
Ramblings
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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Short Day On The River
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by John Higley, JULY 15, 2017

Sacramento River - Red Bluff

It’s 7 o’clock on Monday morning.  The dirt boat ramp on the Sacramento River below the Jelly’s Ferry Bridge in Tehama County is bustling with activity.  Well, okay, there’s one roomy, jet-equipped Alumaweld boat there, and four passengers. They are fishing guide and boat owner Robert Weese, Cal Kellogg editor of the Fish Sniffer magazine, Bill Adelman a columnist for the Sniffer and...
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Kilarc One More Time
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by John Higley, MAY 22, 2017

Kilarc Reservoir

Last Friday my pal Russ Herrick and I were at it again. Due to inclement weather, and my spring turkey hunting travels, neither of us has had time to fish this spring, and we finally decided to do something about it. At 8 a.m., after eating breakfast at home Russ showed up at my house, and we wasted no time tossing...
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