Greg Ferguson, CDFW Fish & Wildlife Technician, displays a big, beautiful Eel River-strain steelhead at Nimbus Fish Hatchery

CDFW Conducts American River Steelhead Study

Three separate strains of fish – the Eel River strain of American River steelhead, the Coleman Hatchery steelhead strain and ...
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Al Millan of Kokanee Power took a trip to Lake Camanche on January 15 and nailed several crappie, including this husky slab.

Mother Lode Roundup

Amador (Ione) Lake Amador continues to go over the spillway into Jackson Creek, due to the latest big storms that ...
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Fish Sniffer Field Editor Mike McNeilly used a spoon to tempt this big male steelhead while fishing the Eel River.

Hardware For Steelhead

Here we are in the midst of one of the wettest winters in recent years, and I am writing about ...
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Angler Catches Potential World Record 10.8 Lb Spotted Bass At Bullards Bar

From the time he was five years old, Cody Meyer of Auburn wanted to be a professional bass fisherman. Not ...
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Roland Aspiras caught and released this hard-fighting steelhead on the American River below Nimbus Fish Hatchery in the winter of 2016.

High Flows Draw Some Steelhead Into American River

In the biggest release of water since 2006, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on December 16 increased releases to the ...
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Late Fall Lake Action Heats Up

Lake Berryessa Drop Shotters Find Best Bass Action (Napa) “A very nice married couple called me last week and wanted ...
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This Fish Sniffer reader booked a trip on the California Dawn and landed a limit of rockfish including this awesome olive.

Crabs, Ling and Rockfish for Saltwater Anglers

Berkeley/Emeryville Crab Combo Action Remains Solid When Weather Cooperates (East Bay) When the weather is decent, crab and rockfish combo ...
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Gene Asai caught and released this 20 lb. striper while tossing out an S Waiver swimbait in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel.

Port Of West Sacramento Offers Stripers, Catfish And Black Bass

The Port of West Sacramento played host to one of my strangest-ever fishing experiences, in terms of the surroundings. On ...
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RJ fooled this impressive sturgeon on a lamprey/night crawler combo while fishing the West Delta.

Stripers With A Large Sturgeon: The Delta Combo Deal

You have to love it when a plan comes together. You look at the tides, look at the weather forecast, ...
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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.

Anglers Experience Red Hot Action to Kick off the Crab Season

Berkeley/Emeryville Rockfish And Crab Combo Action Red Hot For East Bay Anglers (Berkeley) The crab season kicked off for Bay ...
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Big crabs and big smiles, there will be plenty of both when the 2016 crab season kicks off on November 5.

 Norcal Crab Season Kicks Off With A Bang

Do you remember the crab season last fall or should I say the non-season? It was painful! After so many ...
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Mike McNeilly tempted this dandy Lake Almanor brown while working a minnow plug on chilly January day.

Lake Almanor is a Top Winter Trout Fishery

As long as there isn't too much snow to access the lake, or if the lake isn’t frozen over, Lake ...
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Collins Lake Yields Lots Of Holdover Rainbows During NTAC Championship

Collins Lake, one of the premier trout fisheries for family-style fishing in Northern California, hosted the NorCal Trout Angler’s Challenge ...
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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.

California Lake Report

Lake Almanor Rainbow Trout Smash Spoons! (Chester) Very good fall trout fishing has emerged at Lake Almanor mainly for rainbows, ...
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California Delta Report

East Delta Striper And Salmon Fishing Expected To Improve by Dave Hurley (Stockton) Striped bass are rapidly moving into the ...
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This angler scored big time while trolling the Sacramento River near the California capital with Captain James Netzel on September 30.

California River Reports

American River Bureau Drops Flows To 1,000 Cfs by Dan Bacher (Sacramento) The Bureau of Reclamation has dropped releases into ...
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Jeff Bosshard and his daughter, Vivica, pose proudly with the huge king salmon that she landed while fishing the Feather River below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet with Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service.

Salmon Fishing Is A Family Affair On The Feather River

The area of the Feather River below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet is legendary for the great steelhead and salmon fishing ...
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Rachel Kubiak with an eating sized striper caught while fishing chicken livers in Broad Slough in the West Delta.

Delta Stripers During the Summer to Fall Transition Period

The transitional period between summer and fall can be an uncertain time to fish in Northern California. Salmon are just ...
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Here’s a shot of Allen Bonslett on his last fishing trip, a fall salmon fishing adventure on the Sacramento River.

Allen Bonslett, Former Fish Sniffer Publisher, Passes Away

Allen Kenneth Bonslett, the former publisher of the Fish Sniffer magazine and a resident of Galt, passed away at the ...
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Big vermilion rockfish showed up in big numbers for anglers probing the bottom during the September 15 Cal Kellogg School of Fishing/Golden Eye 2000 trip to the rich waters surrounding the Farallon Islands.

 Fish Sniffer Readers Smack Massive Bottomfish Aboard Golden Eye 2000

When 40 plus hardcore Fish Sniffer supporters man one of the Bay Area’s largest most comfortable charter vessels to fish ...
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