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Is the Trinity dying?

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
07/27/14 -- Will the Trinity River suffer the same fate as the Eel River? Water temperatures on the Lower Klamath and the Lower Trinity Rivers have been running 70 to 75 degrees almost every day now for the last four weeks...Full Story

Rafters, anglers & fish fill river that is getting warm

By E. B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
07/06/14 -- The July 4th weekend saw a lot of people in the Upper Trinity area, some fishers and lots of rafters and kayakers. While driving up river I only saw two drift boats but man was there ever a lot of rafters, one right after... Full Story

Springers and Fish Lake Derby dominate the news

Fish Lake, Kid's Fishing Derby
By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
07/04/14 -- Yes I am back! I took a little vacation and went across the United States, coast to coast. Long drive but lots to see! Then we lost a couple of days having fun at Fish Lake with the kids and then this report...Full Story

Trinity River steelhead anglers near Willow Creek

Trinity River Steelhead Anglers near Willow Creek
01/22/14 -- Above Willow Creek the Trinity River winds due north through the Hoopa Reservation where it meets the Klamath River at Weitchpec. Early morning is a good time to fly fish for wary steelhead. Check weather forecasts...Full Story

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Potential Klamath fish kill looms

Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest 
07/30/14 -- In a press release issued on Wednesday by the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Secretary of the Interior rejected calls by Indian Tribes, communities and scientists in the Klamath Basin to release water to protect ...Full Story

Collins Lake: Catfish & trout dominate!

By Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter 
07/30/14 -- Last week and last weekend produced a lot of trout but this week's fishermen are having a little more of a challenge catching them from shore. Trollers seem to do just fine using downriggers but if your boat...Full Story

Coastal salmon bite picks up again

By Frank Galusha
07/30/14 -- After a few slow days the charter boats fishing out of Woodley Island Marina in Humboldt Bay have found the fish again according to several reports from the docks. "We put limits of salmon over the rails of the Seaweasel...Full Story

Eagle Lake Fishing Report

Article and photos by Val Aubrey, EagleLakeFishing.net
07/30/14 -- Surface temps are pretty much holding at plus or minus 70F with the west side slightly cooler than the east side by about one degree according to my depth finder. Cloud cover in the mornings have changed things...Full Story

Att: Halibut closure public comment needed

By Tom Marking and Frank Galusha
07/30/14 -- Pacific Halibut fishing will be closed for the entire month of August off the North Coast. This action was taken by the PFMC last fall to reduce the harvest in CA waters. It is likely, that at the PFMC September meeting...Full Story

​Port of Brookings Harbor, slow salmon bite

Article and photo by Lorissa Soriano
07/29/14 -- The salmon fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor last week was very slow and the waters were very rough. Not many salmon were caught, in fact, it was pretty dead. Not like the week before ...Full Story

​Sac. River below Deschutes opens Aug. 1

By Gary Heffley 
07/29/14 -- The popular and often salmon-rich waters of the Sacramento River below the Deschutes Road Bridge in Anderson south through Red Bluff will open on August 1. This stretch includes one of the best ...Full Story

More on CA DFW ALDS system outage

By Lorissa Soriano
07/29/2014 – Ron Prevette owner of the Sports Hut sporting goods store in Alturas was and still is experiencing technical difficulties with his California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) automated ALDS licensing system computer... Full Story

AP fish kill story on Salmon River flawed

By Frank Galusha
07/29/14 -- An Associated Press (AP) story reproduced across the nation last week contained some misinformation. While it is true the drought is causing one of the largest fish kills since 1992 on the Salmon River as AP reported...Full Story

​Pacific Halibut – The North Coast Dilemma

07/29/14 -- Introduction: Two days from now, on July 31, the California Recreational Season will be shut down on Pacific Halibut for a month, not to reopen until September 1. This will have serious economic effects on...Full Story

Rick Kennedy to retire from guiding

07/28/14 -- The rumors are flying. We figured we needed to set the record straight. Yes, we will be retiring after the 2014 season. We will be selling Tight Lines Guide Service and our 2014 Rogue Jet Boat. We want to make it clear we are retiring from the Guide Business not from the Fishing Industry! We have received...Full Story

A spot slower at Lake Oroville

By Chuck Giles
07/25/14 – Lake Oroville, true to its reputation as a spotted bass destination, is still providing some anglers with 10-20 fish days. Granted, not everyone is still knocking them dead, but it is possible...Full Story

Weather/variety saves “Fishing Trip to Hell’

By Frank Galusha
07/27/14 – What seemed to be the ‘Fishing Trip to Hell’ turned out to be a freezer-filling delight when those 101 things finally came together off the Humboldt Coast last Tuesday and Wednesday. Trust me! Many things can go bump...Full Story

Many Lewiston Lake lunkers miss Derby

Article and photos by Frank Galusha
07/27/14 – Rebecca Stanhope took home heaviest fish honors on Saturday at Lewiston Lake with a 2.81 lb. rainbow trout as the annual Pine Cove Marina Trout Derby came to an end. Many larger fish to seven pounds didn't...Full Story

Predators on the chew

Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
07/26/14 --Targeting inland lake predators is challenging and sometimes sends you home with a vile, black-and-white kitty rather than a fish. But with arduous challenges come handsome rewards. “Go big or go home” is a...Full Story

Sacramento River Rainbows on hardware

Article and photos by Jeff Goodwin, Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service
07/25/14 -- On Monday I had a Rainbow Trout trip on the Sacramento River in Redding. We started out at the Redding Posse Grounds boat launch at day break! We found consistent Rainbow action on nearly every drift above the launch...Full Story

Eagle Lake Fishing Report

By Val Aubrey
07/25/14 -- The surface temps dropped lightly over the depths of the south basin this week. This morning I showed surface temps between 68.5ºF and as high as 70ºF. The west side was slightly cooler than the east side by about...Full Story

Sac. River salmon bite ebbs; Rogue flows

In-River Fishing News by Dave Jacobs
07/25/14 -- There have been some real highs and real lows here in Northern California and Southern Oregon this past week, from the epic salmon bite out of Fort Bragg last weekend to the slow salmon fishing...Full Story

Eureka the place to be for saltwater action

Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest 
07/24/14 -- If variety is truly the spice of life, then life is pretty good right now for saltwater anglers fishing out of Eureka. Not only did the salmon go back on the bite, but calm ocean conditions have given anglers the opportunity...Full Story

NOAA/CA DFW salmonid recovery plans

07/23/14 -- NOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today jointly released two plans to restore populations of salmon and steelhead in California’s Central Valley: NOAA Fisheries’ Chinook...Full Story

How much is a caught salmon worth?

07/22/14 -- Each salmon caught in-river in 2013 had an economic impact of approximately $1,176 for California in terms of jobs, sales, gross regional product, and ripple effects to the economy, according to a recent report... Full Story

Pacific halibut season closes in August

07/22/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind anglers that recreational fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is closed for the month of August. The season will reopen...Full Story

Eureka/Trinidad: Summer fishing roundup

By Tom Marking
07/20/14 -- The fishing has been good lately in all the coastal areas. Wind has been a problem with a high pressure ridge offshore causing some lump and large swell, but that is now coming down. Smaller boats struggle...Full Story

Eagle Lake Fishing Report

By Val Aubrey
07/19/14 -- The surface temps have been 72-74F over the depths of the south basin this week. The west side is slightly cooler (by about one degree) according to my depth finder. Ambient temps predicted to be in the mid to high 80’s... Full Story

Shasta & Trinity Lakes: Improve facilities!

By Gary Heffley
07/16/14 -- News Flash…We are in a drought and according to many reliable sources it is one of the worst in decades. Lake levels are dropping and yet there is plenty of water to accommodate all kinds of watersport as well as fishing...Full Story

Trinity/Klamath Rivers are simply too hot!

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
I have been getting lots of requests about “How is the fishing? and “Where should I go?” All I can say is that the weather has been hot and the rivers are hotter. I don’t know where the weatherman is getting his information from...Full Story

Lake Oroville still giving up bass

By Chuck Giles
07/13/14 -- Bass guide Ron Gandolfi reports the bass fishing on Lake Oroville remains steady. He does warn, however, that the Lime Saddle Ramp will only be useable for another eight to ten days. From that time on...Full Story

Philbrook Lake for rainbows

By Chuck Giles
07/13/14 -- Philbrook Lake is still the go-to destination for trout in the Chico, Paradise area. Customers coming into Fins, Fur and Feather Sports (FFF) are reporting some grand fishing at this fairly high mountain... Full Story

Hook a white shark? Cut the line!

By Frank Galusha
07/11/14 -- Be careful what your GoPro® camera or smartphone catches. Be aware as well that others may be looking over your shoulder, recording what you are doing and saying and then posting it on Facebook or other social media...Full Story

NOAA: El Niño weakens in Pacific

By Frank Galusha
07/10/14 -- Chances of an El Niño occurring this summer are now down to about 70 percent according to NOAA scientists. Scientists scaled back predictions yesterday throwing water on hopes the developing El Niño...Full Story

ODFW adds 24K trout to Diamond Lake

07/09/14 -- Nearly 24,000 legal and trophy-sized rainbow trout are headed to Diamond Lake starting this week to boost fishing at one of Oregon’s most popular lakes. “With the hot weather in Roseburg and Medford, this is a great...Full Story

Huge school of 'chovies' puzzle scientists

By Frank Galusha
07/09/14 -- Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC, San Diego in La Jolla were amazed and puzzled by the massive school of anchovies that appeared off the beach there late yesterday. From a distance, the tiny bait...Full Story

Statewide free fishing days

By Gary Heffley
07/03/14 -- The CADFW selected July 5 and September 6 as California Free Fishing Days. There will be “No License” required to fish within the state of California or offshore where California fishing licenses apply...Full Story

13th FPT Snag Proof is August 2nd & 3rd

By Vince Harris
07/01/14 -- Are you ready for some top water frog action? You guessed it!… that time of year is right around the corner as August 2nd and 3rd marks the date for the Snag Proof Open, a 13th annual top water spectacular... Full Story

Future of Colusa Boat Ramp at stake

06/13/14 -- California State Parks is planning the future of the Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area and the public is invited to a public workshop at the City of Colusa’s Boy Scout Cabin, 901 Parkhill Street, from 6 to... Full Story

Pacific Halibut season closes in August

06/10/14 -- As expected and pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.1(a)(1), the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is providing notice of proposed emergency regulatory action... Full Story

Kokanee and Crawdads

Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
06/08/14 -- Kokanee, vegetarian land-locked Sockeye salmon. Every spring, while waiting for the high elevation destinations to become accessible, I enjoy catching these hot-tempered silver bullets. Kokanee fishing is highly... Full Story

The Myths and Realities of El Niño

By Jan Null, Certified Consulting Meteorologist
06/01/14 -- [Posted with permission of the author and Golden Gate Weather Services] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues their El Niño Watch for the possible return of El Niño later this summer or fall...Full Story

CA free fishing days are Jul. 5 and Sept. 6

05/28/14 -- Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear... Full Story

Crossing the Bar at Humboldt Bay

By Tom Marking
05/22/14 -- The Humboldt Bay Bar is the stuff of legends. There are harrowing tales of mariners having to cross the Bar at night or during storm conditions, leading to loss of life, with many a ship foundering and capsizing... Full Story

I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me

04/30/14 --  I’m your life jacket, but you don’t know me. I’m here to help you, maybe even safe your life – but only if you’re willing to take the help. Maybe National Safe Boating Week (May 17 – 23) will help remind everyone... Full Story

Saving Yelloweyes

By Steven T. Callan
04/24/14 -- Imagine you’re fishing somewhere off the California coast and you hook into a big one. You finally hoist the monster to the deck and discover it’s nearly three feet long, brilliant red-orange in color, with bright yellow... Full Story

Video: Why boaters don’t like ethanol

By Frank Galusha
04/04/14 -- Fishing buddies, take my word for it, don’t burn ethanol-laden fuel in your outboard engines if you don’t want to ruin them or even place yourself in danger if your engine fails to run properly especially...Full Story

Cormorant hazing to protect young fish

03/27/14 -- Hazing of double-crested cormorants is set to begin soon in several areas along the Oregon coast in an attempt to improve survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead as they migrate from inland waters to... Full Story

North Coast Spring Groundfish Report

By Tom Marking, GAP and CA Sports Representative
03/22/14 -- The 2014 fishing season is upon us and shore anglers and divers are already busy searching for fish when the weather and waves allow. Spring can be very productive for shore anglers for rockfish, cabezon...Full Story

Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery

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

First Light

Article by Matt Goldsworthy
03/04/14 -- Reprinted with permission of HASA (Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers) – Light is one of the most important factors to consider when fishing deep water. Over the years while fishing for Pacific halibut, we have always... Full Story

Pulled into the pipes: 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

Kids Fishing Days coming to North State

03/02/14 -- Monty Currier, Environmental Scientist with the CA DFW in Redding, is prepared to have Grace and perhaps Nora Lakes in Shingletown as well as Kilarc Reservoir above Whitmore well stocked for... Full Story

Kokanee Power 2014 Event Schedule

By Gary Heffley
02/15/14 -- Kokanee Power, a great organization involved with education, research, support and promotion of the fantastic Kokanee and Inland Chinook fisheries in the state has posted their 2014 calendar of tournaments and... Full Story

Not Just Any Fish

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

Mt. Shasta Kid’s Fishing Days start June 7

By Gary Heffley
02/05/14—The days are set for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife 2014 Kid’s Fishing Day at Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery. This free annual event is one of my personal favorites and one that I make every effort...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

Oregon’s Lost Creek Lake is open all winter

By Cindy Broadwater
01/11/14 – Many outdoor enthusiasts may not be aware that Lost Creek Lake, Marina & Café near Trail, Oregon is open year ‘round. Not only is it the best bet for winter fishing and boating, but it may be the only game in town at times...Full Story

Sturgeon tagging requirements changed

01/01/14 -- California sturgeon anglers will see a small change to sturgeon tags issued beginning today. Sturgeon anglers have been required to tag all retained legal sized sturgeon for many years. In the past, the date, location and length... Full Story

Bechhold Bait Holder is fish-catching marvel

By Larry Ellis
12/23/13 -- Hello, my name is Larry Ellis, and I have enjoyed the life of being a writer/photographer for numerous outdoors magazines for over a decade. I am truly living the dream. I began writing for Oregon Fishing & Hunting News...Full Story

A primer on fishing Lake Shasta

By Gary Heffley
01/01/12 -- Shasta Lake draws more visitors to Shasta County than any other single attraction. While it is often a challenge to fish, it is more likely to produce stringers of fat trout or spotted bass. Trout to four and five pounds are caught here routinely...Full Story

Lake Oroville; 'tis the season

By Chuck Giles
01/11/12 – Lake Oroville is probably one of the best lakes for sheer numbers of Spotted Bass in Northern California. This is not just on a seasonal basis, but year round. To start, I have a list of baits that produce decent results... Full Story

 

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