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.
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.
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 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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