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Stony Gorge; family, fish, otters and flag

 

Article by Chuck Giles, photos by Vanessa Williams
06/01/12 -- It turned out to be a great holiday for Magalia’s Matt and Vanessa Williams at Stony Gorge Reservoir near Willows. Vanessa is the lady who cuts my four hairs on a regular basis. Today she told me about their trip over the Memorial Day weekend.

Being an avid outdoor family, the Williams, including their two children, Billy and Judd often choose excursions where there is good fishing and camping. Last weekend was no exception when they traveled to Stony Gorge...

Matt is an all-round angler, species being damned. He fished the south end of the reservoir for bass and was not disappointed. Throwing a spinner bait netted him approximately 50 fish for the trip. There were some dandy largemouth bass in the mix.

Fishing at Stony Gorge Reservoir. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Not ones to leave out the children, both he and Vanessa ventured over to the dam with Billy and Judd for some catfishing.

As you can see, it was a worthwhile venture. Billy landed this beauty using crawdads, but wanted nothing to do with it once out of the water.

Stony Gorge is also home to a family of otters and they didn’t seem to mind the Williams’ photo intrusion.  MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Stony Gorge is also home to a family of otters and they didn’t seem to mind the Williams’ photo intrusion.

In addition to the wildlife, there was a veterans group camped nearby. There was no lack of patriotism at their site. The American flag was so large it took a small crane to hoist it and there was a somber and impressive ceremony when, on their final day, it came down to the sound of “Taps.”

The American flag was so large it took a small crane to hoist it. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
The American flag flown at the Veteran's camp in Stony Gorge on Memorial Day weekend.

The Williams said it was an emotional event and it was hard to hold back the tears. In my humble opinion, we need more of this type of ceremony. We need to remind ourselves the reason for this annual holiday, pass it on to our children and keep it as the hallowed day for which it is intended.

Stony Gorge, as mentioned is close to the town of Willows west of Interstate 5. There are 18 miles of shoreline and a developed boat launch ramp. There are multiple species of fish including bass, crappie and catfish. There are hiking, swimming and picnicking opportunities as well. All camping is free with the exception of the group site. For more information visit the website ohranger.com/stony-gorge-reservoir. You can also call for lake data at 530-968-5274.


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Sarrell Wells holding wild steelhead, photo by Larry Ellis
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Haleigh Skillman with steelhead caught on Smith river, Photo courtesy of John Klar's guide Service
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Red Abalone, Photo courtesy of CDFW
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Delta Smelt, Phto courtesy of FISHBIO
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Jeff Goodwin with spotted Bass, photo courtesy of Jeff Goodwin
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Richard Burrow with winter steelhead, photo by Scott Grant
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O_mykiss, by FISHBIO
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chad Frie, Travis Bounds, Greg Gutierrez with award
By Jason Haley 
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Father and daughter fishing along lake's edge, photo courtesy of CDFW
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Hiking the great outdoors, photo by Phil Akers
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Beyond the Breakers by Tom Marking, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
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Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
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Spiny lobster, photo courtesy of CDFW
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Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
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Bluegill, photo by FISHBIO
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Commercial fishing boats dragging their fishing nets, CADFW
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 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
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Jim Broshears, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
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german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
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Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers, myoutdoorbuddy.com
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green sturgeon
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California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
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