California Outdoors Q&A



Bait Launching with a DIY Potato Gun?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MAY 26, 2017



Question: Is the use of bait launchers legal in California? I have seen many videos and DIY plans showing how to build fishing bait launchers. They look pretty much like a potato gun but are used only for propelling the bait past the surf for a chance at the larger fish. They are made of PVC pipe and filled with...
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How to Begin a Career as a Wildlife Officer?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MAY 18, 2017



Question: I’m in high school and last month my dad and I were contacted by a game warden while we were out fishing. He was really nice. After checking our licenses and sturgeon cards, and once he figured out we were all good, he spent at least another 20 minutes with us answering a bunch of questions. Afterward my dad and...
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Fish Carcasses for Bait?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MAY 11, 2017



Question: I recently went deep sea fishing and was wondering if the carcass and/or leftovers of fish caught could be used as bait? I cleaned the fillets today and thought that the skin left attached for identification purposes could be frozen and taken back on a future trip to use as an additional attraction attached to my jigs. The head...
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What Can Be Collected from Ocean Beaches?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MAY 4, 2017



Question: I am an artist and my medium is to work with natural items I find in nature. I was wondering if I am allowed to take items from the beaches near my home. I see people collecting many things but I know that the beaches are protected and I don’t want to take anything that is forbidden. I am...
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Rainbow Trout/Steelhead vs Coastal Cutthroat Trout
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, APRIL 27, 2017



Question: I have a question regarding regulations on non-adipose fin-clipped (“wild”) rainbow trout/steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout in tributaries on the North Coast (e.g. the lagoons in northern Humboldt County). Anglers are not permitted to keep wild rainbow trout/steelhead but are permitted to keep wild coastal cutthroat trout. However, these two species are well known to hybridize and hybrid offspring are...
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Properly Catching and Releasing Fish while Taking Photos?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, APRIL 20, 2017



Question: My friends and I are all fly fishermen who promote catch and release fishing rather than taking fish for consumption. Many other fishermen, fishing guides and lodges, as well as most fly fishing magazines also claim to share this philosophy but then publish untold numbers of photos of people holding the fish they’ve caught. Typically these photos reveal the fish...
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