Golf Results for the week of 9/19/2014

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LACC Women’s Golf

The President’s Choice for Kathy Roseler’s last game as President of our Lake Almanor Women’s Golf was labeled “Disaster Golf”, a crazy accounting of everything that can go wrong in golf. Players had to keep track of every time a drive from the tee box landed in the rough; each ball that went into the sand; an extra ding for not getting out of the sand on the first try; any three-putts or worse; any four-putts; any out-of-bounds balls—I’m sure you get the idea.

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California Outdoors for the week of 9/19/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fish parasites

Question: I recently caught a number of trout that had what I believe to be parasites called Lernaea attached to them in various places. I know after reading another posting from this column titled “Parasites and Trout” that these “are killed during cooking, effectively eliminating any possibility of infecting humans eating the fish,” but I am considering smoking them. Would these parasites pose any threat if the trout were cold smoked rather than cooked, or would the curing that takes place eliminate any threat as well? Presumably if they were hot smoked there would be no threat because the fish are then cooked. I appreciate any info you can provide. Thanks.

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California Outdoors for the week of 9/12/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Concealed weapon

Question: A while back I was fly-fishing for steelhead on the Klamath River. While on the river I was approached by a boat of wildlife officers and asked to present my fishing license and steelhead punch card, and to show that my flies were not barbed. All was good and the officers were very friendly and professional.

At the time, I was also carrying a concealed, unloaded pistol (with rounds in the magazine but not the chamber) in my fishing vest (as allowed under California Penal Code, section 25640). I was not asked by the wardens whether I was carrying any firearms, nor did I disclose that I was. I do not have a concealed carry weapon permit, but do carry concealed in accordance with PC 25640.

Here are my questions:

1.Am I required by law to notify the officers that I am carrying a concealed weapon when stopped?

2. If I am required by law to notify an officer of a concealed weapon, is there a preferable way for me to do so (e.g., immediately upon engagement)?

3. If I am not required to notify the warden(s) of my concealed firearm, is it just smart, regardless of the law, to do so anyway?

I have a lot of respect for California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and appreciate the important work they do. Thank you.

—J. Wellington

Answer: Although it is not required by law, it is always a good practice to notify any law enforcement officer verbally that you are carrying a firearm. This should be done with your hands visible. Tell the officer where the firearm is located and understand that the officer will likely remove it from you during the contact and return it to you when the contact is over. Never make any movement toward the firearm and never conceal your hands.

Framed abalone shells

Question: I’ve been diving for abalone for years. After I get them home, I clean and polish the whole red abalone shell, and they are absolutely beautiful once the process is done. I like to give them away as gifts to friends, family, neighbors and strangers. I know that I cannot profit from any California game/wildlife. I want to build frames out of old barn wood and driftwood and then put the abalone in the middle of the frame. Instead of a painting of a shell in a frame, it would be an actual shell. My question is whether I can sell the frames for money and then gift the shell to the buyer? If I can do this, how do I do it legally for both parties? Thank you for your time and services in the office and out in the field.

—Tom M.

Answer: Great question, but the answer is no. You cannot sell a framed abalone shell even if you say you are only selling the frame and not the attached shell.

“Sell” includes offer or possess for sale, barter, exchange or trade (Fish and Game Code, section 75). According to CDFW Lt. Dennis McKiver, the only way you could sell the frames legally is if, when you are selling the frame, the person buying the frame has no idea that you are offering an abalone shell to go with it. If the person has been made aware that if he buys a frame, you will give him an abalone shell to go with it, then you would be guilty of selling abalone shells.

Ocean bass fishing

Question: I live in Ventura County and do a lot of ocean fishing. I recently saw a fishing program on TV and the captain of the sport boat was throwing an Alabama rig. This rig had five lead head jigs on it and each one had a hook. He was fishing around kelp beds and catching calico bass with the rig. Is that type of rig legal in the ocean and how many hooks can you fish with? I know you can only use two hooks when fishing rockfish, but how many hooks can you use to fish for ocean bass?


Answer: There is currently no limit on the number of hooks that can be used to take kelp (calico) bass. The number of hooks that can be used in the ocean is restricted when rockfish and salmon fishing (see California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 28.65), or when salmon or rockfish are aboard. If you happen to catch a rockfish, greenling, cabezon or lingcod while fishing for calico bass, it would not be legal to keep it. If you already had any of these species on board, it would also not be legal to fish with more than two hooks.

Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone’s questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. Contact her at

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Greenville routes Dunsmuir: Indians beat northern rival for first time since 2008

Greenville’s Logan Carmichael hightails it for the end zone during the Indians’ 36-14 win over Dunsmuir on Sept. 12. Photos by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor

There’s something to be said about home-field advantage. This was clearly evident in Greenville’s 36-14 win against Dunsmuir last Friday night.

The Indians took down the visiting team for the first time the two teams faced each other since 2008. For the last five years, Greenville was the team on the road, and for the last five years, Dunsmuir was the victor.

The victory was Greenville’s first win of the season, which bumped its record up to 1-2.

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Runners push themselves at Lakes Basin race

Ryan Matz, the first-place winner of the 50-kilometer Lost Sierra Endurance Run around Graeagle, poses with his girlfriend, Jody Chinchen, after finishing. Chinchen won first place in the women’s division of the 29-kilometer course. Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor

Just when the runners thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. That was the sentiment expressed by several runners at last Saturday’s Lost Sierra endurance race based in Graeagle.

The course, mapped out by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, was designed for the more experienced runners out there. Runners faced the steep and often brutal climbs Eastern Plumas County has to offer.

It’s the brutality of the course that has made it so popular among athletes around the nation. Teams from Texas and Florida showed up to participate, along with two runners from Australia. Last year, around 120 runners participated. This year, over 200 ran in the race.

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