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Klamath/Trinity River quotas look good

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
03/23/15 -- The Pacific Marine Fisheries Council (PFMC) met the week of March 6th in Vancouver, WA and produced the preliminary numbers for the Chinook salmon to possibly be harvested along the Pacific Coast, the...Full Story

Up to 13,900 Fall Chinook headed our way

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
03/16/15 -- March 17th is St. Patties Day so you might want to be good to the wee ones for some good luck and March 20th is the first day of Spring which could bring some Spring showers of which we really need the water...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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Late-season rain benefit steelhead/anglers

Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
03/26/15 -- The heavy rain that fell early this week was certainly a nice little bonus for our rivers, and in more ways than one. First, the extra flows will help pave the way for the spawned out steelhead as they make their way back to...Full Story

Pot grows dry up streams; devastate fish

03/25/15 -- Environmental scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently published a first-of-its-kind study that clearly shows that water used for growing marijuana has a devastating effect on...Full Story

​Berryessa Bass: Knowing where to look

By Sid Silberberg
03/25/15 -- I went out Friday with Judge and John. Our first stop was to show them the fish in Willy's ski school. I couldn't find their bedding area but saw four nice size female bass and one male swimming around in three feet of crystal...Full Story

Topaz Trout Derby fishing picking up

By Mike Mogler
03/24/15 -- Dave Rossman, manager of the Topaz Lake Lodge General Store, reports water levels have increased by 15 feet. which has enhanced the fishing opportunities for anglers looking for those tagged fish and cash... Full Story

Coleman NFH to truck juvenile salmon again

03/24/15 -- For the second year in a row, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Coleman National Fish Hatchery will begin a process this week that could result in approximately 12 million Chinook...Full Story

Ab season to open along Nor-Cal coast

03/24/15 -- California’s popular red abalone sport fishery season will open April 1 in most waters north of San Francisco Bay. However, new regulations effective last year closed parts of Fort Ross State Historical Park to the take of...Full Story

First ocean salmon season opens April 4

03/24/15 -- California’s recreational salmon season will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S.-Mexico border. The daily bag limit is two Chinook per day and no more...Full Story

​Spring fishing has sprung!

Article and photos by Jeff Goodwin 
03/23/15 -- Now that spring has officially arrived, we can just forget about the fact that we didn't really even have a winter and move on. Shasta Lake did get some much needed rain with the two good storms we did get this winter...Full Story

Tagged trout/big bass on tap at Collins

Article and photos by Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
03/21/15 -- On Friday we planted our first allotment of tagged trout, and will continue to plant tagged trout for the next six weeks. If you catch a trout with a tag on it, there is value to the tag which needs to be redeemed in the store. A Red Tag is...Full Story

Black Cod commercial fishing... what?

By Mike Mogler
03/21/15 -- A fishing buddy of mine, John D,  and I had a conversation last week regarding the ‘old days’ we had fishing Albion and Ft. Bragg for salmon and rockfish. As you probably know both these ports are located in Mendocino County... Full Story

Samoa Surfperch Derby/fish fry is April 18

By Frank Galusha 
03/18/15 -- “Perch'n on the Peninsula” a Surfperch Fishing Tournament and Fish Fry Fundraiser, will return to Samoa on April 18. This is the Samoa Peninsula Fire District’s 6th annual derby, which will be hosted at the Peninsula... Full Story

Plenty of kings in the sea

Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
03/19/15 -- With a hefty ocean abundance of adult salmon forecasted for this fall, all signs point towards another healthy season here on the North Coast. According to the Pacific Fishery Management Council, 652,000...Full Story

How to improve your striper catch

By Bill Adelman
03/18/15 -- Each particular species within our world of the outdoors holds a special place in not only our memory bank, but also in our immediate planning. All during the winter when we plan for sturgeon, steelhead and catfish...Full Story

Bay Area ab poachers get heavy fines

03/18/15 -- Three San Francisco men received thousands of dollars in fines and other penalties after pleading no contest to illegally poaching 59 abalone in November 2014. The daily bag limit for abalone is three. Jinfu Wu...Full Story

Possible extinction of Delta smelt draws ire

03/18/16 -- Fishermen and Delta leader are saying water exporters are responsible for destroying the Delta smelt. It was revealed this morning that Dr. Peter Moyle, UC Davis fish biologist had said “Prepare for the extinction of...Full Story

In Search of Hatchery Solutions

By Erin Loury,
03/17/15 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] As discussed in a recent Fish Report, the hatchery system in California is currently facing a growing number of concerns about the role fish hatcheries should play in helping wild...Full Story

Please respect your catch and the law

By Gary Heffley
03/17/15 -- The state has set aside many waters to be managed as catch and release “Wild Trout Waters.” For some there is not enough and for some too many. The state also manages many waters as “put and take,” where those...Full Story

21 pounder wins Pyramid Derby

By Tim Goode,
03/16/15 -- The final tournament of the season at Pyramid Lake was won with a 21-pound cutthroat. Jimi Crowley captured first place in the Hook, Line and Sinker Derby by landing a 21.8 cutt jigging at the nets...Full Story

PG&E to increase Lake Britton levels

03/16/15 -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be increasing the water level of Lake Britton while it tests newly installed bladder crest gates atop the Lake Britton Dam. From March 21-31, as PG&E validates the new... Full Story

One canary rockfish allowed in Oregon

03/15/15 -- Although Oregon’s Fishery managers still encourage conservation practices ocean anglers will be able to retain one canary rockfish as part of their marine daily bag limit beginning March 11 -- a move intended to reduce...  Full Story

CA DFW rescues sturgeon; cites man

03/14/15 -- Officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) were conducting surveillance on a suspected sturgeon poacher on the river near Clarksburg, when they watched him hook up on what appeared...Full Story

How to Repair Aluminum Boat Hulls

Photos and article by Don Stec
03/14/15 -- Today there is a lot of talk in the trade magazines about aluminum and how difficult it is to repair. It is different from steel, but it can be repaired with the proper training and equipment. What is much more uncommon...Full Story

Versatility key at Baum Lake

By Gary Heffley
03/13/15 -- I know how to catch fish. I’ve caught lots of fish at this lake. In fact I always catch fish here. These are the statements of a fool … yours truly. There are some times when the fishing gods will humble you and today was my...Full Story

Sturgeon take spotlight on Sac River

In-River Fishing News by Dave Jacobs
03/12/15 -- With Spring just around the corner, the "March Madness" has begun for us on many of our Northern California lakes and rivers. With the Sacramento and Delta sturgeon run in full stride and the beginnings of the Spring striper...Full Story

New Regs: Lingcod up; black rockfish down

03/12/15 -- Anglers will be able to take three instead of two lingcod but only five black rockfish instead of 10 per day off California’s coast this season. Yesterday, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted these and other...Full Story

Mid-Klamath good for steelhead action

03/12/15 -- Tommy Willson, Yurok guide and owner of Spey-Gee Point Resort and Guide Service in Weitchpec says there are plenty of fish along this stretch of the Klamath River, which is low and clear with very few anglers out fishing...Full Story

Tunnel opponent's public comments stifled

03/12/15 -- Friends of the River (FOR), Restore the Delta (RTD) and other opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries...Full Story

Chinook Salmon Abundance: 2014 vs. 2015

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/10/15 -- The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) releases two key documents each February related to salmon abundance: a Review of Ocean Salmon Fisheries, which evaluates the status of salmon fisheries on the West...Full Story

Tech. & Taimen: World’s largest salmon

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/03/15 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] In honor of World Wildlife Day this week, we wanted to shift our usual focus from fisheries of the West Coast and the Mekong River basin, and shine our Fish Report spotlight on...Full Story

Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam

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

CV/Sac River salmon forecast hopeful

02/28/15 -- Although drought concerns still persist, the forecast for salmon off the California coast and salmon fishing in the Central Valley/Sacramento Rivers looks hopeful, according the Golden Gate Salmon Association...Full Story

Humbug to Horse Mountain: 1.3 million kings!

On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
02/27/15 -- This year, at least 1,298,600 adult Chinook are expected to be finning their way through the ocean in the KMZ, otherwise known as the Klamath Management Zone, an area that spans from Humbug Mountain, Oregon to Horse...  Full Story

Some steelhead & salmon tags carry reward

02/26/15 -- Successful north coast steelhead and salmon anglers could catch a $10-50 reward for returning their fish tags this season. Of the more than 4,500 fish that were tagged, 3,000 are eligible for a cash reward...Full Story

First free Kid’s Fishing Day is April 4

By Gary Heffley
02/14/15 -- Anderson River Park in Anderson Ca. will host a free Kid’s Fishing Day on April 4, 2015 sponsored by the California Fish and Wildlife Department along with many local sponsors. The CFWD will have the park’s ponds stocked...Full Story

Mt. Shasta free kids fishing days set

By, Gary Heffley
02/14/15 -- Three of my favorite days of the year are spent at the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery volunteering at the California Department of Wildlife’s Free Kids Fishing Days. Monty Currier of the CDFW has announced that the free...Full Story

Hatchery History in California

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
02/10/15 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] The year is 1871. California has been a state for just over 20 years and the country is mired in reconstruction following the end of the Civil War just six years earlier. Both the telephone... Full Story

NMFS preseason planning for salmon starts

01/29/31 -- [Federal Register Notice] The Pacific Fishery Management Council has announced its annual preseason management process for the 2015 ocean salmon fisheries. NOAA Fisheries has published a notice in the Federal...Full Story

Release of 600K winter Chinook may save run

01/27/15 -- An increased number of hatchery-reared juvenile winter-run Chinook salmon produced from adults that were collected as a precautionary measure to offset anticipated in-river drought related mortality will likely be released in... Full Story

Future Pro Tour kicks off March 21st!

By Vince Harris
01/07/15 -- The Coors Light Future Pro Tour will kick-off its 2015 season in grand fashion as the road to the Coors Light –Silver Bullet Angler of Year , Navionics Cup, and 2015 FPT Classic titles, begins anew at lakes known...Full Story

CV salmon regs changes expected

01/03/15 -- The CA Fish and Game commission issued a notice today advising stakeholders to expect changes in the bag and possession limits for Chinook salmon taken the American, Feather, and Sacramento rivers. The objective will...Full Story

Local lakes on CTT schedule

By Jason Haley
01/03/15 -- California Tournament Trail (CTT), the self-proclaimed Working Man’s Tournament Circuit, opened its doors in January 2014 at Lake Oroville and wrapped-up a successful inaugural season at Clear Lake in June... Full Story

Ocean climate revealed in tree rings

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
12/23/14 -- Scientists have tried many approaches to unravel the complex puzzle of past ocean climates. Now, a recent study in the journal Science uses an unlikely source to put the pieces together: tree rings. The study's authors found... Full Story

'Get paid to fish' derby returns to Topaz

By Mike Mogler
12/13/14 -- Dave Rossman, manager of Topaz Lake Store, reports the annual “get paid for fishing derby” starts as usual on January 1, 2015, New Year's Day, and will end on April 12, 2015 with a fantastic drawing... Full Story

Bottomfish anglers get knuckles rapped

Tom Marking GAP Sport Representative
11/20/14 -- We North Coast rockfish anglers are a victim of our own success! 2014 has been an eventful year for many reasons, but there are definitely winners and losers on the horizon. In a nutshell, halibut is a win/lose... Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork, Part IV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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