The adult winners of day two of the SMUD Rancho Seco Trout Derby pose with their trophies.

SMUD Rancho Seco Spring Trout Derby Yields Lots of Big Rainbows

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Rancho Seco Reservoir, a scenic 160-acre year round recreational facility nestled in the rolling countryside ...
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Matt VanSickle took the top spot in the adult division during the April 8 NTAC tournament at Collins Lake. He the winning rainbow on an orange Kastmaster tossed off the bank.

Fourth Annual Collins Lake Spring NTAC Trout Tourney Features Solid Fishing Despite Wind And Rain!

It’s been a familiar story this spring: a small window of fair warm weather punctuated by days of wind, rain ...
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Jason Pandolfi shows off this 5.56 lb. rainbow trout that won him third place in the Lake Amador NTAC event.

Lake Amador Delivers 6 Rainbows Over 5 Pounds During NTAC

Beautiful Lake Amador, located in the Mother Lode foothills on Jackson Creek near Ione, lived up to its a reputation ...
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Ken Lagudas of Salinas won first place in the men’s barred surfperch division of the Sand Crab Classic with this 3.14 lb. fish caught while fishing a bloodworm at the mouth of the Salinas River on March 11.

Surf Anglers Catch Biggest Barred Perch & Biggest ‘Exotic’ Fish In Sand Crab Classic History

Three hundred people from throughout the Monterey Bay area and beyond participated in the 13th Annual Sand Crab Classic Surf ...
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John used a Rapala minnow plug trolled quickly to fool this big Almanor brown on March 27. The fish was successfully release after the photo.

Trout North And South

Guess what? It’s raining again and the wind is coming in stiff gusts. I can see the pines and oaks ...
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This angler hit the West Delta with Captain Anthony Langes this March and was rewarded with this dandy sturgeon.

Early Spring Delta Report

San Joaquin River Inundated With Striped And Largemouth Bass Upon Spring’s Arrival (Stockton) The anticipated break out for the largemouth ...
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Fish Sniffer field editor Jack Naves rounded up this limit of stripers during a mid-March trolling adventure in the West Delta.

Prospecting Time For Spring Stripers

Spring fever strikes early when you’re a striper angler. By the end of February, the thoughts start running through your ...
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Nick Dulleck of San Jose caught and released this pending world record 11 lb. 4 oz. spotted bass at Bullards Bar Reservoir on February 12.

San Jose Angler Lands Potential World Record 11 lb. 4 oz. Spotted Bass At Bullards Bar

On February 12, Nick Dulleck of San Jose caught and released a potential world record spotted bass weighing 11 pounds, ...
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Lake Trout Report

Lake Almanor Spring Trout Action Starts (Chester) “Slowly but surely the spring trout bite is getting underway here at Lake ...
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The heavily eroded Oroville Dam spillway after flows over the spillway stopped. Photo courtesy of DWR.

The Feather below Oroville Dam: A Tale of Two Rivers

There couldn’t be more of a contrast between the Feather River last fall during the salmon season and the same ...
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Ryan Jones pulled this beautiful 8 lb largemouth out of muddy waters of Lake Amador on February 25 while working a Baby Brush Hog.

Mother Lode Roundup

Amador (Ione)  Bass fishing has picked back up in the last couple of weeks and lots of people are also ...
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Saltwater Ocean and Bay Report

Charter Boats Prep For Upcoming Season As Private Boats Find A Few Sturgeon Berkeley/Emeryville (East Bay) “I’d been doing really ...
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East Bay Lakes Report

 Los Vaqueros (Brentwood) Both pontoon boats at Los Vaqueros Reservoir were damaged by extremely high winds and are temporarily out ...
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Emergency Spillway

Briefing: In 2005, Groups & Water Agencies Warned Oroville’s Unarmored Auxiliary Spillway Poses Major Risks

by Deirdre Des Jardins, California Water Research Major concerns about the deficiencies and risks of Oroville Dam’s auxiliary spillway and ...
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Victor Gonella, Founder and Treasurer of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA), shows off a huge Chinook salmon that he landed while trolling off Bodega Bay.

Experimental Salmon Release Scheduled for Bodega Bay

by John McManus, Executive Director, Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) Petaluma, CA. – The Golden Gate Salmon Association is pleased ...
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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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