Ramblings



Iron Canyon Trout
Ramblings
by John Higley, MARCH 3, 2020

Iron Canyon Reservoir

A couple of weeks ago, when the winter weather was almost spring like, the urge to go fishing somewhere was too strong for me to ignore.  Plans involving my daughter Meredith, her husband Robert Feamster and their four kids, who were out of school for the week, took shape. After briefly discussing where to go we settled on Iron Canyon Reservoir,...
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Closing Kilarc
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by John Higley, JANUARY 8, 2020

Kilarc Reservoir

In the past I’ve written often about the trout fishing at Kilarc Reservoir, a 4.5-acre impoundment near Whitmore in Shasta County.  A hydroelectric facility operated by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Kilarc first came into being in 1904. For much of the time between then and now Kilarc has provided a place for generations of local families and visitors to fish...
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Good Day On the Sacramento River
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by John Higley, DECEMBER 13, 2018

Sacramento River - Upper

With the salmon season winding down on the Sacramento River I fervently hoped to get on the water at least one more time.  My idea was to have a little fun on my favorite northern California river, and introduce my adult daughter Meredith to river salmon fishing under the tutelage of guide Mike Bogue, who’s been guiding full time on...
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Swell Day on The Sac
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by John Higley, OCTOBER 10, 2018

Sacramento River - Upper

Last Friday, thanks to my pal Mike Bogue, a chap who has been guiding anglers full time on the Sacramento River for 27 years, I got the chance to ride along on a king salmon fishing expedition. With us was Cal Kellogg, another friend and the editor of the Fish Sniffer news magazine.  Our goal was to catch a salmon...
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Whiskeytown Update
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by John Higley, AUGUST 15, 2018

Whiskeytown Reservoir

Until you’ve seen it first hand, it’s hard to imagine the devastation caused by the Carr Fire which started near Whiskeytown Reservoir on July 23 and burned in Shasta and Trinity counties.  At this writing, more than a thousand homes in west Redding and surrounding communities have been destroyed. With so much structure damage, and more than 200,000 acres charred,...
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Mississippi’s Shut Mouth Turkeys
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by John Higley, MARCH 28, 2018



As some readers of my articles know, I travel on occasion to hunt wild turkeys in faraway places, and last week I did just that.  The occasion was a media hunt on which I was invited by Mike Jones of the Mississippi Development Authority.  He extended the invitation because my buddy Preston Pittman of Pittman’s Game Calls (look for his...
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