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Nice stream of steelhead move into Trinity

By Frank Galusha [Ed Duggan is on vacation]
11/16/14 – The Willow Creek area received about 1.33 inches of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, just enough to cause a steady stream of steelhead to enter the Trinity River from the Klamath, according to E.B. Duggan... Full Story

Trinity River rehab project needs comments

11/10/14 -- In partnership with the Department of Interior’s Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS - Shasta-Trinity National Forest), U.S. Bureau of Land Management – Redding Field... Full Story

More salmon & steelhead arrive with each storm

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
11/09/14 -- Fall Chinook salmon are still coming into the system the only difference is that the Klamath – Trinity Rivers are closed to the take of adult Chinook. You can still keep jack salmon but NO adults. The reports that I have been...Full Story

Fishing picked up with return to more normal flows

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
11/02/14 -- The rivers are rising and falling after each storm now much like a normal winter. We just need to start getting some snow and that should come next month I hope. Right now all of the rivers and streams have peaked out...Full Story

Trinity River back to normal with good color

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
10/26/14 -- Well the rains have finally come! The Trinity is looking more like its normal self after each rain and after each rain comes more fresh fish. I am not seeing lots of fishermen out fishing but I do see some of the locals as I...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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Stuff a salmon for turkey day

On the Water by Larry Ellis
11/22/14 -- Stuff a turkey for Thanksgiving? Bah poultry-bug! This is the Pacific Northwest by golly, and it’s time to start a new tradition. With all these huge November hawgs that are being caught on the Chetco, Elk and Sixes Rivers...Full Story

Steelhead at Thermalito Afterbay

By Chuck Giles
11/22/14 – I received several reports this week at Fins, Fur and Feather Sports (FFF) of landlocked steelhead being caught on the Wilbur Road section of the Thermalito Afterbay. Shore anglers were drifting nightcrawlers...Full Story

DeSabla Reservoir a viable option

By Chuck Giles
11/22/14 – Prior to this welcome rain, several patrons at Fins, Fur and Feather Sports (FFF) in Paradise reported that DeSabla Reservoir was kicking out some brown trout. Right now, with Lake Oroville virtually inaccessible... Full Story

EPA punts on renewable fuel standard

11/21/14 -- Ensuring a safe fuel supply for America’s 12 million registered boat owners may have to wait, said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced... Full Story

Senator Feinstein backs off water bill

11/21/14 -- Salmon supporters can breathe easier for the moment. Yesterday Senator Feinstein announced that the effort to pass a California water bill in this congress will not be possible. The Legislation would have threatened...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

Rain sets stage for Sacramento River salmon

By Jeff Goodwin
11/20/14 -- The Sacramento River in Redding had just begun to clear up a bit, when a much needed fall weather pattern arrived in the Sacramento River valley today. The forecast for the coming days has the potential to bring... Full Story

Ocean primed for more El Niño, experts say

11/20/14 -- The ocean is warming steadily and setting up the conditions for stronger El Niño weather events, a new study has shown, according to an article posted at Science Daily. A team of US, Australian, and Canadian researchers... Full Story

Upper Trinity reopens for Chinook

11/19/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reports the Trinity River Hatchery has met its adult fall-run Chinook salmon take of 4,800 fish. Beginning Monday, Nov. 17 the Trinity River downstream...Full Story

Sacramento River steelies steal spotlight

In-River Fishing News by Dave Jacobs
11/19/14 -- This is a wonderful time of year to not put those drift fishing and back bouncing rods away not quite yet at least, we are in the thick of Late Fall salmon and steelhead seasons. The Winter steelhead fishing season is just...Full Story

Trout still on tap

By Gary Heffley
11/18/14 -- Just because the general trout season for rivers and streams closed a few days ago, it does not mean the North State trout angling is done. To the contrary some of the best fishing of the year is still on tap... Full Story

One thousand bass on Lake Oroville

By Chuck Giles
11/17/14 – “It was just something to do so I could say I did it.” This is how my friend, Howard, summarized reaching his goal of catching 1,000 bass this year at Lake Oroville. He is not a guide, not a fanatic nor a...Full Story

Another broken fishing rod

By Gary Heffley
11/17/14 -- I don’t understand the propensity for the volume of “broken” fishing rods being returned to retailers these days. This issue has become a very popular topic of discussion within the industry, including a great piece in a... Full Story

Upper Klamath loaded with feisty steelhead

11/17/14 -- Fishing on the Upper Klamath River was excellent last week from Tuesday through Friday for clients fishing with Guide Scott Caldwell of SC Guide Service in nearby Montague. Numerous hookups kept smiles...Full Story

Nice stream of steelhead move into Trinity

By Frank Galusha
11/16/14 – The Willow Creek area received about 1.33 inches of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, just enough to cause a steady stream of steelhead to enter the Trinity River from the Klamath, according to E.B. Duggan...Full Story

High water is for plunkers and plug pullers

On the Water with Larry Ellis
11/16/14 -- With the Chetco River lowering to 850 cubic feet per second last week, anglers deploying bobbers-and-eggs or bobbers-and-sand shrimp cocktails brought home the majority of the salmon. A small percentage of anglers...Full Story

Eagle Lake fishing at its best

Article and photo by Val Aubrey
11/15/14 -- If you aren't catching and releasing 10 or more quality trout here at Eagle Lake and picking and choosing your limit, something is seriously wrong. Fishing continues to be excellent for most everyone and every method... Full Story

Shasta Lake spots: You might be surprised

By Jeff Goodwin
11/15/14 -- Fall is in full swing here in Shasta County, and that means there are many fishing opportunities here on local waters. Now we all know that we are in the midst of severe water shortages, and it shows in our local lakes, rivers, and... Full Story

Lake Berryessa is great fishery

Article and photos by Sid Silberberg
11/14/14 -- I went out with Albert and John this past week. The weather was perfect and the lake was calm. The water temperature was 64 degrees. We had a good day and our three largest bass were 2+ up to 5 pounds. The next day... Full Story

Collins Lake Trout fishing: Phenomenal

By Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
11/14/14 -- With three trophy trout plants delivered already and another one on the way, the trout fishing has just been phenomenal this fall. Gus Grimmett and his Dad (Rick) fished two days in a row trolling a dodger with a worm... Full Story

Cost of Twin Tunnels could be $62 Billion

11/14/14 -- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Twin Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to a State-sponsored Report on Affordability and Financing... Full Story

Congressional action threatens CV fishery

By Frank Galusha
11/12/14 -- There has never been a time when our fish have been more threatened than now, according to Water4Fish, organized several years ago to oppose Central Valley water policies that damage the highly valuable Bay...Full Story

The Ich Factor

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
11/11/14 -- As the seasons change and the days grow shorter, the Chinook salmon spawning season in the Klamath Basin is well underway. As salmon return to the Klamath and Trinity Rivers, recent water releases have occurred in both...Full Story

Tags/tallies help CDFW manage sturgeon

11/11/14 -- California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) crews recently completed a successful season tagging white sturgeon in Bay Area waters. Information developed from tagging this year will be complemented by information...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

Trinity River rehab project needs comments

11/10/14 -- In partnership with the Department of Interior’s Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS - Shasta-Trinity National Forest), U.S. Bureau of Land Management – Redding Field...Full Story

Fishy Business: Limits of Dungeness

11/03/14 -- Skipper Matt Dallam of the boat Fishy Business reported seven limits of commercial-size Dungeness crab from five traps for his passengers yesterday off the coast of Eureka. The ocean was also accommodating...Full Story

Eureka charter boat offering crab trips

By Frank Galusha
10/31/14 -- Matt Dallam, skipper of the boat Fishy Business of Northwind Charters out of Eureka, is offering trips for Dungeness Crabs and now is the time to book a seat as it looks like the ocean is going to be very nice in the days ahead...Full Story

Poacher sentenced after sting operation

10/29/14 -- After almost a year of court procedures, the last of 18 abalone poachers arrested in a 2013 sting has been sentenced. All 18 suspects were found guilty or pled no contest to the charges...Full Story

New CDFW online Fishing Guide available

10/28/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has launched an improved online Fishing Guide to help novice and experienced anglers plan successful fishing trips. The new guide is faster and provides detail...Full Story

Fish and Fukushima

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
10/27/14 -- The largest-ever discharge of radionuclides into the ocean from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011 prompted many health concerns. However, as we described in our previous...Full Story

What is a weir? When were they first used?

10/25/14 -- Did you know fishing weirs in several locations are used to capture and monitor adult salmon runs as they migrate upriver in the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Placed across all or part of a river, weirs direct upstream swimming...Full Story

Swimming in a radioactive sea

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
10/21/14 -- More than three and a half years have passed since a tsunami severely damaged Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors in March 2011, but some concern and confusion still persist... Full Story

Best bets for Southern Oregon fishing

By Jason Haley
10/16/14 -- After a long, dry summer, drought has taken its toll on Southern Oregon fishing destinations. Popular spots like Hyatt Lake, Howard Prairie and Emigrant are essentially puddles. I exaggerate, of course,...Full Story

Lewiston Lake on fire for trout anglers

By Gary Heffley
10/15/14 -- While most North State anglers are enjoying the very good salmon fishing on the Sacramento River, one of Northern California’s gems is getting little attention. Lewiston Lake, which is one of my...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

Crunch time for halibut

By Tom Marking, CA Sports Representative to the PFMC 
10/03/14 -- Bottom line, California is about to be taken to the woodshed by the PFMC for eating too many halibut cookies, again! From their perspective we have been errant children who need to be disciplined...Full Story

Data-poor model threatens rockfish seasons

By Tom Marking
09/24/14 -- The Pacific States have over 100+ species of fish, about 50+ of which have Commercial and Recreational interest. These include flatfish, roundfish , bottomfish, pelagics, migratory species and forage fish...Full Story

Aftermath: Eiler Fire

Article and photos by John Higley
09/23/14 -- It had to happen someday. On my many visits to the Thousand Lakes Wilderness on the Lassen National Forest, I always thought of how much fuel there was should a fire ever start there. The trails were...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

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

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

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

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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