Fishing Reports

By Stacy Barawed I’d been wanting to book a trip with Captain Jonathon Smith and ...
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Rounding Up Crabs & Rockfish Aboard The Happy Hooker!

By Kevin Hofer When the leaves begin to change, the days get shorter, nights get ...

Exploring For Sierra Trout!

By Cal Kellogg If you are a serious angler, getting skunked from time to time ...

A 5 Pound Slump Buster At Collins Lake!

Rob Cetinich of San Jose had a fantastic day on November 3 when he won first ...

Anglers Bag Three Trout Over 7 Pounds at Collins Lake NTAC Event

Nick Ingram of San Jose holds up a brightly colored vermilion rockfish caught on a ...

Light Tackle Rockfish off the Big Sur Coast

By Mark Fong A quick snap of the rod tip sent my small swimbait toward ...

Go Light and Shallow for Sonoma Coast Rockfish

By Cal Kellogg Fall trout fishing is exploding throughout the Sierras and things are starting ...

Pulling Flies For Lake Davis Rainbows!

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How To Articles

By Cal Kellogg Striped bass have started pushing back up the system from San Francisco ...
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Get Your Troll On For Delta Stripers!

By Cal Kellogg Sacramento River salmon trollers are as excited as grade schoolers counting down ...

Trolling Notes For Sacramento River Kings

By Cal Kellogg I was going through my tackle assortment the other day, getting everything ...

Thinking Trout & Salmon? Think About Pulling Plastic…

I have known my friend Mike Rheuby for many years having fished against him in ...

Shallow Water Rockfishing with Black Bass Gear

by Hippo Lau Having been in the fishing industry for over forty five years, I ...

A-Rigs for Salmon?

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Spotlight on Conservation

Roger Mammon, President of the California Striped Bass Association (CSBA) West Delta Chapter, testifies at the California Fish and Game Commission meeting in Sacramento on August 7, 2019. Photo by Dan Bacher. All anglers are reminded that their presence is urgently needed at the California Fish and Game Commission meeting on Wednesday, December 11, at 9:30 at the Resources Building on 1416 Ninth Street in Sacramento. The California Striped Bass Association, West Delta Chapter, the Nor-Cal Guides & Sportsmen’s Association (NCGASA), the NCGASA Delta Anglers Coalition and other groups are mobilizing people to attend the meeting to make sure that ...
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RANCHO CORDOVA – This has been a slow year for salmon fishing on the American River. Very few anglers are still fishing in the section of river open to fishing from the SMUD powerline at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park to the mouth. In contrast, the staff at Nimbus Fish Hatchery is seeing good numbers of salmon this year. “This year it took less time when the latter was opened to get enough salmon to spawn than in previous years,” said Gary Novak, Nimbus Fish Hatchery manager. “The last time we spawned, it only took 20 minutes to ...
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R.I.P. Robert Light, the Delta cartoonist whose Rio Life was published regularly in the Rio Vista River News, recently passed away. He spoke truth to power. He predicted exactly what would happen when Gavin Newsom won the election for Governor in November 2018. We remember his fearless truth telling. As Light predicted in a cartoon one year ago, Governor Gavin Newsom has continued Jerry Brown’s Delta water and fish policies, albeit with a few changes, some for the worse. He has replaced the environmentally destructive Delta Tunnels with the environmentally destructive Delta Tunnel. He refused to reappoint Brown's best appointee, ...
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The PG&E shutoffs of power to over 2 million people in recent weeks, including those of Fish Sniffer staff, readers and advertisers, have made our lives very difficult in northern and central California. People’s work, personal and fishing schedules have been greatly disrupted by the power blackouts, as well as by the fires still raging throughout the state. So, you will be interested know that bankruptcy proceedings for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company continued as the utility sought rate increases as PG&E increased its spending on lobbying in the third quarter of 2019. The investor-owned utility, the largest one ...
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