Since 1983, the Fish Sniffer has been the premier publication for West Coast anglers and Sportsmen. Each issue is jam-packed with Detailed Reports, Intuitive How-To’s, Map Features, and Industry News to keep you informed about Fishing, Boating, and Angling all over Northern California and beyond.

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Norm Finally Gets His ‘Sturgeon Wish’ – A Gigantic Bass

As we headed out Wednesday January 20 with rare dry skies, flat calm weather and primo tides, Norm Perry assumed ...
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San Joaquin River Receiving A Much-Needed Flush

(Stockton) Most Delta anglers are migrating to the Sacramento River with increased chances for sturgeon and striped bass success. The ...
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Salmon Catcher Lodge Part 2: Monster Lingcod And Rockfish!

On Wednesday of our Alaska fishing adventure, we drove a little longer in order to catch our fish. We left ...
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Folsom Lake Continues to Rise Rapidly

Folsom Lake, the Sacramento metropolitan area’s backyard landlocked king salmon, rainbow trout and black bass fishery, reached its lowest-ever water ...
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Sponsors Flood In For 2016 NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge Tour

If you’ve ever attended a NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge event, you know that a lot of tackle and bait is ...
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San Pablo Reservoir To Host 2016 NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge Tour Kickoff February 6!

The NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge tour will kick of the 2015 season at San Pablo Reservoir on February 14. The event, ...
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The Big Sur Coast: A Magical Spot For Rockfish and Lingcod

The stunningly beautiful Monterey County Coast is a special, magical place for anglers to fish for rockfish, lingcod, salmon, halibut ...
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For Free Fishing Rods, Line, Hats And More Drop By The Fish Sniffer Booth!

If you want to earn the best incentives at the Sacramento ISE Show, bar none, stop by the Fish Sniffer ...
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How-To Articles

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Tips To Make Your Winter Outings More Successful

Fishing during the dead of winter can be challenging. Sure there are some good bites available, for example steelhead are ...
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Bank Fishing at San Pablo Reservoir

During the winter and early spring month bank anglers often compete with boaters and at times surpass boaters success when ...
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Looking For A Trophy Bass? Give These Baits A Try!

I must receive hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from anglers all over the world living in the USA, Africa, ...
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Trout Eat Minnows, But Keep That Under Your Hat!

That’s right -  loose lips sink ships! Big fish eat little fish and trout be they browns, brookies or ‘bows ...
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Rod, Reel & Line For Trout Trolling

  There is no doubt that a variety of different rod, reel and line combinations will work for trout trolling. I’ve ...
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An Introduction To Fishing The California Aqueduct

  California’s longest concrete river, an oasis for anglers living in the Central Valley. My legs began to cramp up as I ...
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Spotlight on Conservation

by Dan Bacher

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Erin Brockovich will appear with Delta advocates at tonight’s Stockton City Townhall

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta (RTD), and Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance ...
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Assemblymember Eggman introduces bill to force vote on Delta Tunnels

Sacramento – On the day after Governor Jerry Brown once again touted his Delta Tunnels Plan ("reliable conveyance") as a ...
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Porter Ranch gas leak is one in series of CA disasters

Hearing board action falls short of community demands to shut down Aliso Canyon Storage Facility Three groups - Save Porter ...
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California’s Biggest Environmental Disaster? Delta Smelt and other fish species plummet to record low levels

Fish species ranging from endangered Delta Smelt to Striped Bass continued to plummet to record low population levels in 2015 ...
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