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By Frank Galusha
06/25/13 -- Stan Kulak, founder of West Coast Fishing Tournaments and an angler who has spent countless hours fishing for steelhead, trout, lake salmon, and kokanee, has launched a new fishing forum for all types of angling dubbed the “NorthStateAngler.com.”

“I decided to create NorthStateAngler specifically to connect anglers, service providers and suppliers with what is going on in California’s northernmost waters, particularly those north and east of Sacramento from El Dorado County to Siskiyou, Del Norte, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Plumas, Modoc, Butte and Tehama County,” Kulak told MyOutdoorBuddy.com in an email. To register, click on the image above.

This post on the region’s newest forum by Scotty M, entitled “Double Digit Brown” along with the accompanying photo should whet any angler’s appetite for Union Valley Reservoir’s big brown trout.

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“I was lucky enough to have caught my second brown over ten pounds this year and my 12th overall,” wrote Scotty. “I was fishing in 25 feet of water using a Rapala. I hope to catch some more this year but more than anything I really enjoy fishing with my father and two sons.”

Kulak believes fishing forums lead not only to useful information but also to lifelong friendships. “This is how I have found new friends and I’m sure those who contribute to NorthStateAngler are going to do the same. If participation in the forum grows I’m sure it will lead to one or two events a year with good times on the water and afterwards, wonderful get-togethers that end up cementing relationships.”

It’s easy to join NorthStateAngler and make comments. “All we ask is that you obey common rules of courtesy and be respectful of your fellow members,” Kulak said. The forum’s motto is “Be Kind, Be Courteous and Be Respectful.”

Some other recent posts can be found here and here. “Tips can come in from all over the world, of course,” Kulak noted. “This post from a guy out of Lake Ontario, NY makes for interesting reading for anyone looking to improve their chances with trolling for salmon. We want NorthStateAngler.com to be a source of new information and sharing of questions and answers that keeps members on top of the latest developments.”


Fishing Reports

Thermalito Afterbay Steelhead By Chuck Giles
02/14/16 -- The Thermalito Afterbay is a component of the Lake Oroville water system. Fishing here is the closest you will come to actual California Delta angling. There are rip-rap walls, tule filled coves and the occasional moss beds...Full Story
Rockfish and Halibut season 2016
Beyond the Breakers by Tom Marking, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
02/13/16 -- The North Coast will see a slight increase in Halibut this summer. At the IPHC meeting in Juneau last week, the Commission yielded to the pressure put on them by the advisory bodies, the Tribes and again gave us...Full Story
Invasive mudsnails found in Feather River 02/13/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of New Zealand mudsnails in the low-flow section of the Feather River in Butte County, and is asking recreational users of the river...Full Story
Warm spell produces results By Gary Heffley 
02/13/16 -- The current respite from the recent rainy pattern has been paying dividends for many Northern California anglers. While the rain is still desperately needed , the current warm, clear spell has allowed some anglers...  Full Story
Herring arrive in C-City, fishing abounds
Tony Sepulveda owner of GreenWater Fishing Adventrues with steelhead, photo by Larry Ellis
On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis  
02/12/16 -- Well, they're here, and it was my good fortune to be there when they arrived. We're talking about the long-awaited arrival of Pacific Herring into Crescent City Harbor. "A guy called me this morning and asked if the herring...Full Story
Commc'l Dungeness health risk reviewed
Commercial Dungeness crab, photo courtesy of CDFW
02/11/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified today by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)...Full Story
Humboldt rivers turning green
John Kern, pictured Left, landed this nice Smith River steelhead on Wednesday. Also pictured is Tim Stude, Photo courtesy of Curt Wilson Guide Service
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
02/11/16 -- It’s been well over a month since the coastal rivers in Humboldt County have looked anything other than dirty brown. Since the last big rains, which came towards the end of January, the North Coast has been blessed with...Full Story
Fishing success at Pyramid Lake
Man with large cutthroat from Pyramid lake
By Mike Mogler
02/10/16 ­­-- Crosby Lodge located in Sutcliffe NV. reports great fishing for large Lahontan Cutts since the opener October 1, 2015, anglers targeting these large cutthroat trout that inhabit Pyramid Lake have had great success...Full Story
Bad news for winter run 02/10/16 -- Very few adult winter run will likely return to spawn in 2017 and 2018 which could easily lead to further restriction on ocean salmon fishing. Federal fishery experts reported only three percent of the winter run eggs spawned in...Full Story
Commercial crab fishing a federal disaster? 02/10/16 -- In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. today requested federal declarations of a fishery disaster and a commercial fishery failure in response to the continued presence...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
GGSA celebrates with fundraising dinner 02/09/16 -- The Golden Gate Salmon Association(GGSA) will host its 3rd Annual Sonoma Dinner with special guest wine grower and water conservation advocate Phil Coturri, Friday, March 11. The special event will be held at Ram...Full Story
Heroes on the Water
Hobie Kayaks lined-up at the Bridge Bay boat launch Shasta Lake, photo by Mike Mogler
Article and photos by Mike Mogler 
02/09/16 -- HOW and members of the Hobie Fishing Team launched kayaks at Bridge Bay Marine Sunday, February 7 with great expectations targeting bass. Thank you Bridge Bay Marine for hosting this event. On hand were several...Full Story
Abalone Advisory Comm seeks nominees
Red Abalone, Photo courtesy of CDFW
02/04/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is requesting nominations to fill two vacant representative positions on the Recreational Abalone Advisory Committee (RAAC). The purpose of the RAAC is... Full Story
Dwindling smelt numbers mount up
Delta Smelt, Phto courtesy of FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO  
02/03/16 -- The good news is we were wrong last summer. The Threatened Delta smelt isn't extinct, or at least it wasn't in mid-January when the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found some in the western Sacramento...Full Story
Funds available for CV fish restoration 02/01/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be expanding its Fisheries Restoration Grants Program into the Central Valley in 2016 to support the recovery of the Central Valley’s winter-run and spring...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
Storms likely to blow out Smith, Chetco
Richard Burrow with winter steelhead, photo by Scott Grant
Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
01/28/16 -- Mother Nature provided just enough time in between big storms to drop the Smith and Chetco rivers back into pristine shape. The break, however, was short-lived. Another wet storm is on the way, which is forecasted to...  Full Story
To Migrate or Not to Migrate?
O_mykiss, by FISHBIO
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
01/26/16 -- The fish species Oncorhynchus mykiss possesses the ability to express two different life histories (migrating to the ocean or remaining in freshwater), making it one of the most interesting yet difficult species of fish to manage...Full Story
Twin Tunnels project legislation 01/26/16 -- Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman announced today that she is introducing legislation to block the Governor’s controversial Twin Tunnels project unless it is approved by the voters of California on a statewide...Full Story
Lake Oroville 2016: Rain and youth prevail
chad Frie, Travis Bounds, Greg Gutierrez with award
By Jason Haley 
01/24/16 -- The first leg of the 2016 California Tournament Trail (CTT) pro-am circuit wrapped up January 16-17 at Lake Oroville. After four years of drought, we’re finally having a real winter trying to fill the lake all at once. As the newly...Full Story
2016 sport fishing licenses now online
Father and daughter fishing along lake's edge, photo courtesy of CDFW
01/07/16 -- January is the perfect month to purchase a 2016 sport fishing license. Purchasing a license now allows anglers to take advantage of a full year of access to great fishing found up and down the state. In addition, sport fishing...Full Story
​‘Get Paid for Fishing’ at Topaz Lake By Mike Mogler
12/27/15 -- Topaz Lodge and Casino will launch its annual “Get Paid for Fishing” trout derby January 1 at beautiful Topaz Lake, which is located on the California/Nevada border 75 miles south of Reno. Anglers will be competing...Full Story
Trout of historic rugged wildness
Hiking the great outdoors, photo by Phil Akers
12/13/15 -- Northwestern Yosemite is rarely visited in contrast to the nearly four million people who enter the park each year. And, of all these visitors, only a fraction of one percent, are anglers who venture off the beaten path... Full Story
PFMC looks at salmon management requests
Beyond the Breakers by tom Marking, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
11/30/15 -- The PFMC had a few proposals brought to them in the November meeting that should be of interest to us in the Klamath Management Zone Area (KMZ). The first request is from the Salmon Commercial Sector and the second... Full Story
Groundfish – A look forward to 2016
Beyond the Breakers by Tom Marking, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
11/26/15 -- The 2015 season has come to a close and now begins the task of constructing the groundfish regulations not only for 2016, but for the 2017/18 next biennial spex process. The 2016 season should be essentially the same... 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
Recreational Spiny Lobster season opens
Spiny lobster, photo courtesy of CDFW
10/02/15 -- Thousands of lobster fishermen are eagerly awaiting the start of the sport season for California’s spiny lobster, which opens Saturday, Oct. 3 and continues through March 16, 2016.There is currently a strong El Niño event occurring... 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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