California Outdoors Q&A



How to Bring Home Fish Caught Out of State?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JULY 20, 2017



Question: Later this year I am planning a trip to fish in the state of Washington. The limits and retention are different. What is the best way to bring fish home from the trip? Is there some paperwork trail that must be kept or some type of certification? (Ross B.) Answer: Yes. To import fish into California, you are required to...
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Targeting Stripers and Sturgeon together in San Francisco Bay
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JULY 14, 2017



Question: When fishing from a boat in San Francisco Bay, can some anglers target striped bass with barbed hooks while others target sturgeon using barbless hooks? If one angler who is fishing from a boat with a barbless hook legally lands and retains a sturgeon, can all anglers on the boat switch over to target striped bass and continue to use...
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Czech Nymphing and Weight Placement when Fly Fishing?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JULY 6, 2017



Question: I have a fly fishing question on rigging flies for nymphing. There is a very popular technique called “Bounce Nymphing,” which involves using three nymphs on short droppers off of a long leader with a weight attached to the bottom of the leader. The idea is to bounce the shot off of the stream bottom in order to keep...
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Collecting Pre-Roasted Turkeys?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JUNE 30, 2017



Question: From your column, I’ve learned that roadkill is illegal to recover (so that I don’t hunt with my truck). Here’s my question: In our hilly neighborhood the turkeys often fly into the power lines, causing a power outage right around breakfast time. On my way to work I see the roasted turkey near the road. Since PG&E killed it while...
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Fishing Pacific Halibut with a Buoy from a Kayak?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JUNE 29, 2017



Question: I wish to target large Pacific halibut from my kayak. I’ve researched several different methods for safely landing a large Pacific halibut from a kayak and have settled on a wireman’s gaff. A wireman’s gaff is a large 18/0 shark hook at the end of a 15-20 foot section of rope. The fish is gaffed with the shark hook and...
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Hunting Over Alfalfa?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JUNE 15, 2017



Question: I know it’s illegal to bait animals to get them to come to you in order to hunt them. However, what about hunting over an alfalfa or corn field? I know some other states allow this and I am wondering if California does, too. (Dakota C.) Answer: Although feeding big game and hunting over bait is illegal in California, it is legal...
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