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Flows to make Trinity more challenging

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
10/03/15 -- On Oct. 15 the Trinity River will reduce water flows from Trinity Dam to the winter flows of 300cfs. This means that the river is going to get shallow and bumpy in many places. I have been hearing that the river is already low...Full Story

Flush improved conditions; fishing now very good

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
09/27/15 -- The Trinity River water releases (the flush) are now back to normal now and the monitoring is in and it appears that the need for the flush was successful. The flows cooled the Lower Klamath and helped disperse the pathogen...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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Microplastics Found in Marine Life

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
10/05/15 -- Tiny bits of plastic, known as microplastics, are becoming a massive aquatic problem. It may be easy to think plastic poses no problem if it's so tiny you can barely even see it. However, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine... Full Story

Walker Lake drained by PG&E

By Mike Mogler 
10/03/15 -- I recently had conversation with a local angler in Shingletown and our conversation turned to the drought. We talked about kokanee fishing at Whiskeytown and what a weird year it has been... Full Story

Recreational Spiny Lobster season opens

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

Salmon season opens to bubble aficionados

On Oregon Waters by Larry Ellis
10/02/15 -- The 2015 Chetco River Fall Chinook Ocean Terminal Area Season (aka the Bubble Season) officially opened its doors last Thursday to throngs of anglers trolling anything and everything from anchovies spun... Full Story

Sacramento River salmon fishing improves

Article and photo by Jeff Goodwin
10/02/15 -- The 2015 Sacramento River salmon season finally appears to be on step with what everyone expected a month ago. This years salmon run has kept river guides and anglers guessing ever since the river opened...Full Story

Early fall fishing outlook outstanding

By Gary Heffley
10/01/15 -- The beginning of fall, cooler mornings, shorter days and biting fish. Angling success is picking up in many areas throughout the North State. Once again anglers will be faced with choosing the best options, basic... Full Story

Fins, Fur and Feather summary

By Chuck Giles
10/01/15 -- It just isn’t funny anymore, is it? This drought has reaped havoc with almost every facet of our lives, particularly the outdoors people. Fishing, when you can find a credible source, has been fair to middlin’ at best from a boat... Full Story

Memoires of the World Series Troll

By Gary Heffley
10/01/15 -- For those sports fans like me who grew up fishing in the Bay Area early October meant two things, the World Series which during my young years excluded my beloved Giants and Striper fishing. More specifically living... Full Story

Tough fishing continues on the Klamath

Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
09/30/15 -- Last week, the ocean finally laid down enough to allow the Eureka sport fleet to set their sights on the oh-so-elusive Albacore tuna. A bunch of boats made the 25 or so mile trek out of the Humboldt entrance on Thursday...Full Story

Bass bite best bet as fall season begins

Oroville Waters by Craig Bentley
09/29/15 -- Fall pattern begins in Oroville area waters as bass bite picks up at Oroville Lake and Afterbay, while kings continue moving through the lower Feather River up into the cooler waters of the low flow. Hunting season opens for... Full Story

Curing eggs for salmon fishing

Article and photos by Jeff Goodwin
09/27/15 -- Salmon fishing on the Sacramento River is going strong and anglers are catching salmon just about everywhere in the Sacramento River system. We really got off to a late start this year, but the tough fishing... Full Story

Collins Lake to get huge trout plants

By Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
09/27/15 -- There is some exciting news for anglers who like fish here. Collins Lake’s Fall Trout Planting Program will begin in mid- October! Between then and the end of November the lake will gain over 7,000 lbs. of trout... Full Story

MWD/WWD eye land in path of tunnels

Posted on behalf of Restore the Delta (RTD)
09/22/15 -- On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., behind closed doors, MWD's executive committee has scheduled what appears to be the purchase of parcels for the proposed massive Delta Tunnels project.... Full Story

Trout plants continue at Hat Creek

By Mike Mogler
09/22/15 -- I had the opportunity to fish Hat Creek Thursday and was pleasantly surprised with a few late morning brook trout. I had planned to fish this week with the crowds of campers and anglers back to work... Full Story

Extra 2M smolts raised by Stamp Funds

09/22/15 -- Salmon fishermen should enjoy better fishing in a few years due to an extra two million salmon smolts that will be raised and released in 2016. The extra two million hatchery fish will be bred at the Mokelumne and Feather... Full Story

GGSA Red Bluff Salmon Derby is Oct. 10

09/22/15 -- You can support California’s top salmon conservation organization while having fun and a shot at $1,000 in the annual Golden Gate Salmon Association Red Bluff Salmon Derby Saturday, October 10. The derby is open... Full Story

Salmon on California's Climate Seesaw

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
09/21/15 -- California has a reputation as a balmy "bubble" of unchanging weather-however, such consistency couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to the amount of rainfall the state receives from year to year. The wide swings...Full Story

Sacramento River plug fishing

By Jeff Goodwin
09/17/15 -- Each and every year there comes a time for me when it becomes necessary to gather up or purchase the bulk of the items I will need to keep me fishing for salmon, trout, and steelhead all year long. This includes hooks... Full Story

NMFS explains overfishing determinations

09/14/15 -- NOAA Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Services' most recent quarterly stock status update included a determination of overfishing for four stocks of Pacific salmon. Notice of this determination was published...Full Story

Fat Fishes in Food-Limited Locations?

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
09/14/15 -- Food can be hard to come by for fish in harsh environments, such as the dark isolation of freshwater caves. Because caves are typically devoid of light, plants of any kind are limited or absent. Furthermore, the aquatic...Full Story

Golden Gate rockfish hot-hot -hot

By Gary Heffley
09/11/15-- The only thing hotter than the weather this week in the San Francisco Bay Area was the excellent rock fish and ling Cod fishing found off the coast. I joined my brother Dennis on Wednesday and ventured...Full Story

Let’s check out the Upper Sac

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

Sacramento River trout love Dick-Nite spoons

By Jeff Goodwin
08/16/15 -- Trout fishing continues to be very good in the Redding area. All summer long, trout fishing has provided plenty of action for anglers who enjoy fishing for them. Early on, our lakes and reservoirs were producing very well, but as the... Full Story

Crystal Lake fish planting going well

Article by Alex Colvin photos by LACE Photography
08/16/15 -- This year The Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery will stock 1.8 million trout. In addition to the 16 counties in California which they normally supply, they are also supplying fish to the Darrah Springs Trout Hatchery east of Redding and the Mount... Full Story

Upper Sac River: Elbow room & lots of fish

08/15/15 -- No traffic on 1-5 and no fishing traffic on the water! Now that the kids are back in school and the crowds are elsewhere, the river is full of fish and not fishermen. It’s wade-able, crystal clear and cold as the days shorten... Full Story

The Importance of Fish Physiology

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
08/10/15 -- When salmon and trout are exposed to very high temperatures, they often die. Thanks to the study of physiology, we now know that one cause of death in fish living at high temperatures can be a heart attack...Full Story

Dunsmuir: Headquarters for the Upper Sac

By Gary Heffley
07/14/15 -- For a fly angler looking to ply the trout rich waters of the Upper Sac a stop into Dunsmuir and a visit to the Ted Fay Fly Shop is a must. The shop in downtown Dunsmuir at 5732 Dunsmuir Ave is the place for my current... Full Story

Finding Fish from Discarded DNA

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

Pacific halibut 2015 regulations in effect

05/01/15 -- The recreational Pacific halibut fishery will open May 1 for the 2015 season. This year the fishery will be held to a federally established quota of 25,220 pounds. The season dates will be May 1-15, June 1-15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15... Full Story

Agencies halt commercial sardine fishing

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

F&GC adopts in-river sport fishing regs

04/23/15 -- The California Fish and Game Commission adopted changes to the Central Valley and Klamath River basin salmon sport fishing regulations for the 2015 season on Friday, April 17. The changes include fall-run...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

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

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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