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DFGs to plant trout/catfish in bay area 17 lakes

The Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) “Fishing in the City” program is giving anglers something they always desire -- more fish and larger fish. Fourteen Bay Area lakes, three Sacramento County lakes will be planted with trout and catfish this month.
 
“We want to create opportunities for families to spend quality time together enjoying the time-honored tradition of fishing,” said Joe Ferreira, DFG’s Fishing in the City Coordinator for the Sacramento area. “Fishing keeps people connected to the natural environment. This year, more than ever, people need simple, inexpensive ways to enjoy time together.”
 
The enhanced stocking is coordinated through the Fishing in the City Program. Since 1993, the program has enhanced fishing near urban areas where people live and work. This is accomplished though enhanced stocking, habitat improvement and learn-to-fish clinics. Fishing in the City is funded through the Sportfish Restoration Fund, an excise tax on the sale of fishing tackle and motor boat fuel.
 
A fishing license is required of all anglers age 16 or older and all fishing regulations apply. Some lakes may require a daily fishing permit.
 
The following lakes will be stocked as part of this special program:
 
Sacramento County: William Land Park, Howe Park and Elk Grove Park.
 
Alameda County: Horseshoe Pond (Quarry Lakes), Shadow Cliff Lake and Lake Elizabeth
 
Contra Costa County: Lake Temescal, Hidden Valley and Heather Farms.
 
Santa Clara County: Lake Cunningham, Los Gatos Creek Park Percolation Pond and Sandy Wool Lake.
 
Solano County: Lake Chabot (Vallejo).
 
Sonoma County: Lake Ralphine.
 
Marin County: Scottsdale Pond and McGinnis Pond.

Fishing Reports

Trout excitement at Collins Lake
man holding fish on Collins Lake
By Kathy Hess, Collins Lake Reporter
05/23/16 -- Funniest story this week by: Jeremy Stovall from Lincoln–who was fishing off the beach with a lure and hooked a trout which was being chased by a catfish who ate the trout! You guessed it, he brought in a trout and a catfish...Full Story
OR KMZ salmon season opens in one week
Man holding lingcod and halibut, photo by Larry Ellis
Written by Larry Ellis, Fishing Columnist 
05/21/16 -- The Oregon all-salmon-except-coho season will open exactly one week from today, Saturday, May 28 for ocean salmon anglers fishing in the Oregon Klamath Management Zone (KMZ). The Oregon KMZ in...Full Story
CDFW lifts Dungeness crab restrictions
Crabs in bin, courtesy of CDFW
05/20/16 -- The last remaining stretch of coast is open to the recreational fishery today and will open to the commercial fishery on May 26, after a seven day notice period. Today the California Department of Fish and Wildlife...Full Story
Whiskeytown/Keswick fishing boom!
Jeff Goodwin with trout, by Jeff Goodwin
By Jeff Goodwin
05/19/16 -- The winter of 2016 has provided a re-birth of sorts to the lakes and reservoirs in NorCal, and especially to those bodies of water here in Shasta County. Whiskeytown Lake and Keswick Reservoir, among others, are teeming with...Full Story
Quick Trip For Trout
man holds small trout, photo by John Higley
By John Higley 
05/18/16 -- On May 13 my pal Russ Herrick and I were at it again. Neither of us has had time to fish this spring and that morning, over breakfast at the Klassique Kafe in Redding, we decided to do something about it. After eating, we tossed...Full Story
Pacific Halibut Fishery Opens May 1 04/27/16 -- California’s recreational Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) fishery season will open May 1. This year the fishery will be held to a federally established quota of 29,640 pounds. The open season dates...Full Story
Recreational Salmon Seasons Set
Boy with fish, photo courtesy of CDFW
04/27/16 -- The California Fish and Game Commission adopted recreational ocean and inland salmon season regulations as presented by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on April 18. Ocean salmon season...Full Story
CDFW: Dungeness, Rock Crab schedule
Crab in pot, photo courtesy of CDFW
 04/23/16 -- Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are open along the mainland coast south of 36° 58.72′ N Latitude at Sand Hill Bluff, Santa Cruz County (approximately 9 miles north of Santa Cruz Harbor entrance) to...Full Story
Tagged Empire Lakes trout worth reporting
This tagged rainbow trout will be released into Empire Lakes, helping biologists understand harvest data. ODFW photo.
04/20/16 -- Empire Lakes anglers have a chance of taking home a $50 VISA gift card if they land a specially tagged rainbow trout. Empire Lakes is a popular coastal rainbow trout fishery, and ODFW biologists need anglers...Full Story
Nor Cal Kokanee Power Tournaments set By Gary Heffley
02/18/16 -- Dates for the popular series of Kokanee Power's Trout and Salmon Tournaments are set for 2016 with three of the events taking place in Northern California. Kokanee Power is one of the top organizations promoting not only the...Full Story
Brownie’s Choice
Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story
Columbia spring Chinook seasons set 01/29/16 -- Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River today during a joint state hearing in Vancouver, Wash. The recreational springer season on the Columbia...Full Story
Keddie Ridge
Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story
Let’s check out the Upper Sac
Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story
Finding Fish from Discarded DNA
Bluegill, photo by FISHBIO
By Erin Loury
06/22/15 -- To round out our series on environmental DNA (eDNA), in which we've described the basic concepts of this technique* in aquatic research, as well as its challenges and limitations**, here we highlight... Full Story
How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story
Agencies halt commercial sardine fishing
Commercial fishing boats dragging their fishing nets, CADFW
04/30/15 -- All large-volume commercial sardine fishing in state and federal waters off California has been prohibited as of Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The closing will remain in effect until at least July 2016. “This may be an end of... Full Story
Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam
 Brian Buckingham with one of the larger fish from this section. This trout, estimated at 2 lbs., was caught near the BLM campground on the west shore six miles down the JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Photo by author
By Trouteagle
03/02/15 -- Year round trout action can be found on the Klamath River within the 20 or so miles of free flow within Oregon and California. While fishing below the flumes at the JC Boyle powerhouse, it can be difficult to know just when...Full Story
The Mystery of the Middle Fork, Part IV
Jim Broshears, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Jim Broshears
11/10/14 -- This trip was to be the final chapter in the saga that began three years ago but is actually over 20 years in the making. As Bruce, Tuck and I journeyed back to the Middle Fork of the Feather River we made...Full Story
Climbing Terms for the Fisherman
Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
10/14/14 -- For those of us who prefer to fish the rugged and remote streams and rivers for the elusive wild trout, rock climbing is a skill that is required to reach the special places where catching the big one is a “sure thing.” The skills...Full Story
German brown trout afternoon in Modoc
german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story
Throw the kitchen sink at them
Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story
Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery
Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story
Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon
green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story
Not Just Any Fish
California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story
Fishing with Phideaux
By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story

 

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