Fishing Reports

These anglers headed out of the Berkeley Marina with Captain Chris Smith on November 5 and rounded up limits of crab and some impressive lingcod.
Berkeley/Emeryville Rockfish And Crab Combo Action Red Hot For East Bay Anglers (Berkeley) The crab ...
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Anglers Experience Red Hot Action to Kick off the Crab Season

Big crabs and big smiles, there will be plenty of both when the 2016 crab season kicks off on November 5.
Do you remember the crab season last fall or should I say the non-season? It ...

 Norcal Crab Season Kicks Off With A Bang

Mike McNeilly tempted this dandy Lake Almanor brown while working a minnow plug on chilly January day.
As long as there isn't too much snow to access the lake, or if the ...

Lake Almanor is a Top Winter Trout Fishery

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Collins Lake, one of the premier trout fisheries for family-style fishing in Northern California, hosted ...

Collins Lake Yields Lots Of Holdover Rainbows During NTAC Championship

Husky macks like this have been a common catch for anglers fishing with the crew at Tahoe Sportfishing this fall. This big fish inhaled a rigged minnow trolled behind a set of flashers.
Lake Almanor Rainbow Trout Smash Spoons! (Chester) Very good fall trout fishing has emerged at ...

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Spotlight on Conservation

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Leave it to our wild and wacky California Department of Fish and Wildlife to be always "on top" of what's going on in the Department. At 5:54 pm on Friday, December 2, I received an email, with two conflicting press releases. The first, posted on their website at 10:45 am, said the CDFW license sales counters will be closed on December 5. The second release, posted on their website at 3:45 pm, retracted the earlier news release, stating that the counters would be actually open that day. The first press release, https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/cdfw-license-sales-counters-will-be-closed-dec-5/, stated: CDFW License Sales Counters will be Closed ...
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On November 22, the California Secretary of State’s Office announced that the voters narrowly defeated Proposition 53, an initiative requiring voter approval of revenue bonds over $2 billion, by a narrow margin of 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent. Governor Jerry Brown and his staff are celebrating the victory because it would have required a public vote on his two controversial “legacy” projects, the Delta Tunnels and High Speed Rail. “The defeat of Prop 53 is good news for CA and our future,” proclaimed Governor Jerry Brown in a tweet. “It means one less roadblock in solving our water and transportation ...
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Photo of Trinity River below Lewiston Dam by Dan Bacher.
Salmon continue to enter Trinity River Hatchery at the slow pace CDFW biologists were anticipating for this season. While both Chinook and coho salmon numbers are significantly down from last season, the number of hatchery steelhead showing has improved. “Let’s hope the salmon just keep coming for awhile…apparently these storms are going to,” said Mary Claire Kier, CDFW biologist. The hatchery has trapped a total of 1,126 fall-run Chinooks to date, a total of 982 adults and 144 grilse. That is less than half of the 2,476 Chinooks trapped to date in 2015. The coho count is only 91, including ...
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California growers expanded water-intensive almond orchards by 77,000 acres over the past year, continuing the increase in new almond acreage during one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. The expansion in acreage for almonds, as well as for walnuts, pistachios and other nut crops, took place as Governor Jerry Brown mandated that urban users statewide conserve water by 25 percent. The increase also occurred as massive state and federal water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta continued to drive Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt and other fish species closer and ...
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