Fishing Reports

Dan Bacher, Fish Sniffer Editor, landed these two rainbows and two others, along with two bonus crappie, on a trip to Berryessa with Les Fernandes of Fish On Charters.
The line came off the downrigger clip as Les Fernandes of Fish On Charters and ...
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Open Water Trout And Crappie At Berryessa

Young Drew Bundy showcased his fishing skills at French Meadows Reservoir this May when he trolled up several trout including this rainbow and brown.
It’s no secret that I love the High Sierra. The rugged snow mantled granite peaks, ...

Trout Fishing In The High Sierras: French Meadows Reservoir!

Big halibut like this one are the reward for anglers drifting live bait on San Francisco Bay. Photo courtesy of the Bass Tub, San Francisco.
Anglers have experienced excellent fishing this season for the prized California halibut in San Francisco ...

Halibut Boom In Recent Decades Is Result Of Efforts By Anglers

This woman successfully battled this big Chinook salmon while trolling outside the Golden Gate with the New Easy Rider.
If you like to fish saltwater in northern and Central California, you can take your ...

Salmon, Lingcod, Halibut And Sturgeon Offer Exciting Action

Sergey Voznyuk of Sacramento displays a hefty shad that he landed at Harrington’s Access on the American River this May.
One of the most popular – and least understood fish – that anglers pursue on ...

Unveiling The Mysteries of American River Shad

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Spotlight on Conservation

Governor Brown and Special Envoy on Climate Photo credit: Aaron Berkovich.  Zhenhua.
Responding to President Donald Trump’s decision on June 1 to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown immediately issued a bluntly worded statement condemning the decision. “Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course," said Brown. "He’s wrong on the facts. America’s economy is boosted by following the Paris Agreement. He’s wrong on the science. Totally wrong. California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle.” As usual, Brown's statement and ensuing interviews were greeted by mostly fawning, uncritical coverage by the national and ...
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Big halibut like this one are the reward for anglers drifting live bait on San Francisco Bay. Photo courtesy of the Bass Tub, San Francisco.
Anglers have experienced excellent fishing this season for the prized California halibut in San Francisco Bay, but few know the hard work by fishing groups that it took over 25 years ago to produce the quality fishery we’re now enjoying. Halibut anglers continue to land around a fish per rod on live bait drifting adventures in San Francisco Bay. Some days produce even better scores on legal-sized halibut. In addition to the keeper fish, anglers are also releasing big numbers of fish under the 22-inch legal size limit. “We’re fishing all over the bay – the fish are scattered,” said ...
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AquAlliance, a Chico-based environment group, has filed a lawsuit with Judge Timothy M. Frawley in Sacramento Superior Court alleging the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has broken state law by failing to release records regarding the Oroville Dam spillway crisis. The litigation takes place as construction crews hired by DWR’s prime contractor Kiewit Infrastructure West Company continue work on the spillways. In the past two weeks, Kiewit has focused on removing the lower 2,000 feet, or lower chute, of the gated flood control spillway, also known as the main spillway, according to DWR. Kiewit is using excavators and controlled ...
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American Scenery Shot
Last night, the California State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 187, authored by Senator Tom Berryhill, state legislation that will transition California’s calendar-based fishing license to one that is valid a full 12-months from the date of purchase. This is great news, for in 2015 similar legislation failed to reach the Senate floor. “This bill would not only improve access to recreational fishing, it will protect California jobs dependent on outdoor tourism,” said Senator Tom Berryhill, author of SB 187. “Labor unions, state and local chambers of commerce, anglers, tourism groups and everyday Californians recognize that California’s antiquated fishing licensing program ...
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