California Outdoors Q&A



How to Apply to Become a Warden Cadet?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017



Question: I spoke to a lieutenant in 2015 at Sacramento Police Department’s “Links to Law Enforcement” job fair. I kept his business card with the informational pamphlet since I am still very interested in a career with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). I am reaching out to you now because I will be graduating from a California State...
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Sea Lions Are Eating All My Bait!
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017



(This column originally ran on Sept. 17, 2015.) Question: Is there anything I can do to deter or discourage sea lions from eating all my crabbing bait? I know that seals and sea lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act but I’ve heard there are exceptions for recreational fishermen to deter them to prevent damage to private property, including gear...
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How to Fish the Lobster Opener?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017



Question: I have some questions about how to best fish the lobster opener. I know that lobster season has a new start time and opens at 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2017. If the hoop wet time is a maximum two hours, can I drop my hoops at 4:15 a.m. Sept. 30, 2017 and pull them after the start time of...
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Saltwater use of dead carp
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017



Question: Many lakes want people to catch and remove carp yet they cannot be disposed of on site, and many people do not eat them. I have used cut carp in the Imperial Valley for catfish and it has amazingly tough skin that sometimes has to be cut off the hook. I would like those properties for shark/ray bait when casting...
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Determining creek and river boundaries during closed seasons
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017



Question: When a stream, river or creek is closed year-round or has a closed season, how do you determine the boundary between the closed creek, stream or river, and the river it flows into? Water flows can change on a daily basis depending on dam releases, rain, snowmelt etc. I see the regulation for flows from rivers/creeks into lakes (CCR Title...
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Nonlead Shot Required for Eurasian Collared-Doves?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017



Question: I am preparing my gear for the Sept. 1 dove opener and am wondering if I have to use nonlead shot for Eurasian collared-doves since they are a nonnative species with no season or limit? Do I have to carry two types of shells – lead and nonlead – to hunt both mourning doves and Eurasian collared-doves on the opener?...
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