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Rain is helping lakes; a good thing for 2015

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
12/17/14 -- It has been raining but not as much as predicted. Much of the rain went south to San Francisco where it has been hit hard with flooding and high winds. In a way that is a good thing because this area did not need the high winds...Full Story

Winter steelhead fishing should improve steadily

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
12/07/14 -- The month of December has arrived and this is the month we start looking for the winter steelhead runs. The rains have arrived and it looks like they may be here for a while. The present series of storms arrive... Full Story

Each storm brings in more fish

By E.B. Duggan, “D” Fishing Guide
11/23/14 -- And the rains came and came and just kept coming. Last week, on Friday, we had 4.3 inches of rain in 24 hours that really boosted the river flows. From what I could see the Klamath and Trinity Rivers came up substantially...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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Smaller trout to be planted in 2015

By Tim Goode, NorCal Fishing News
12/20/14 -- Get that two-pound test line loaded on to your reel, the Department of Fish & Wildlife next year will be planting ¼-pound trout rather than 1/2-pounders. The DFW will raise and plant 1.6 million pounds of trout...Full Story

Lake Oroville up 45; fishing still good

By Ron Gandolfi, Oroville Lake Bass Guide
12/20/14 -- It looks like a lot of our wishes are coming true. Lake Oroville has now risen over 45 feet since Thanksgiving and is now just 14 feet below the ramp at Lime Saddle to open. The ramp on the dam is now closed... Full Story

Steelhead are coming ­-- get your gear ready

On the Water in Oregon by Larry Ellis
12/19/14 -- Last week, with a palette of a coke-bottle green river water painted against a grassy canvas of milky-green hues, the Chetco, with its picture-perfect plunking water beckoned throngs of anglers to cast...Full Story

BDCP Delta Tunnels: Fatal flaws remain

12/19/14 -- Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels said today the Bay Delta Conservation Plan would still take water from above the Delta, violate the Clean Water Act and doom salmon...Full Story

Steelhead no show on the Smith, Chetco

Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
12/18/14 -- Go figure. We’re in the middle of the wettest December we’ve had in three years and the steelhead on the Smith and Chetco Rivers have decided to play a little hide-n-seek. Granted, there hasn’t been a ton of fishing effort... Full Story

Learn to ice fish at Lake of the Woods

12/17/14 -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will show anglers how to make the best of snowy, icy conditions at a Jan. 24, 2015 Family Ice Fishing Workshop on Lake of the Woods near Klamath Falls. According to Mark Newell...Full Story

Trinity and Smith Rivers take center stage

In-River Fishing News by Dave Jacobs
12/17/14 -- There are a few river fishing options for you to choose from here in the North State with the Trinity and Smith Rivers taking center stage. If you find yourself looking for some fishable water definitely give these two rivers...Full Story

Invasive Loach on the Loose in CV

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO 
12/16/14 -- While invasive species are now commonplace in California, each new introduction of a non-native species can pose unknown threats to an already fragile ecosystem. Wildlife officials are now on alert... 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

Yes Virgina, fish bite in the rain

On the Water in Oregon with Larris Ellis
12/13/14 -- With all of these windy and rainy conditions, it would highly behoove fishermen to take advantage of some of the great trout fishing that local-area lakes have to offer. For instance, in November I spoke about fishing...Full Story

North State fishing takes a break

By Jeff Goodwin
12/12/14 -- This week’s winter storms have left our local Rivers and lakes virtually un-fishable. The much needed rains have caused a rise in water levels unlike we've seen here in the Sacramento River valley for several years...Full Story

Sacramento River next option: Sturgeon

In-River Fishing News by Dave Jacobs
12/11/14 -- One of the strongest storms in many years is bearing down on Northern California at the time of this report. With the strong winds and heavy soaking rains, many rivers and lakes are going to be unfishable for a... Full Story

Fishing/hunting licenses make great gifts

12/10/14 -- Hunting and fishing licenses and tags, parking permits, 2014 Habitat Conservation stamps and more are on sale just in time for holiday gift giving. They are on sale on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wild... Full Story

River restoration highlights on video

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
12/08/14 -- Sometimes river habitats need a helping hand to alleviate critical bottlenecks that reduce fish survival and limit the size of fish populations. Well-designed habitat restoration projects that draw on research to address the needs... Full Story

San Diego Jam Knot: My Fishing Buddy!

By Frank Galusha
12/04/14 -- It’s frustrating when the fish are biting furiously, time is short and you are in a hurry to tie a hook, swivel or lure to monofilament. I found this to be particularly true when I was fishing on a party boat for albacore. It was not...Full Story

Hyacinth Woes: From a gift to a curse

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
12/01/14 -- In 1884, the visiting Japanese delegation to the World's Fair in New Orleans handed out a seemingly innocuous gift to fair attendees. This gift, a beautiful flowering aquatic plant native to South America, was brought... Full Story

All Fired Up

Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
11/30/14 -- August 17, 2013 the Rim Fire was sparked by a thoughtful bow-hunter using an illegal campfire, which got out of hand, and eventually grew to 257,314 acres, the largest wildfire in the recorded history of the Sierra Nevada...Full Story

Comparing PC’s Commercial Fisheries

By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
11/24/14 -- Earlier this year, we reported on the economic contribution of California's salmon fishery in a two-part Fish Report (Putting A Price Tag On Nature, Part 1 and Part 2). Our findings came as a surprise to many of our readers... 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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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