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California Outdoors for the week of 5/2/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fin-clips

Question: With trout season opening soon, I was thinking about how several years ago I ran across a way to identify what strain a Lake Crowley trout was based on which fins were clipped. Identify as follows: adipose only — Eagle Lake strain; adipose and left ventral — Kamloops (from Junction Reservoir); adipose and right ventral — Coleman; and ventral only — Kamloops or Coleman. No fin clips would indicate a natural spawn and not from a hatchery.

And, what hatchery would these plants have come from? Possibly Hot Creek or maybe Fish Springs? I have talked to the driver planting catchables in Silver Lake and learned those plants came from the Fish Springs hatchery. Thanks for any info you can provide.

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FRC rodeo to open arena for anyone brave enough

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This cowboy holds on for dear life during last year’s saddle bronc riding portion of the rodeo clinic at Feather River College. For the third year, FRC’s rodeo program will hold a free clinic for all interested in rodeo; this year’s dates are April 21 and 22. Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor
4/18/2014
 

Feather River College’s rodeo program is preparing for its third annual Rough Stock Rodeo Clinic, to be held at FRC’s rodeo arena April 21 – 22. This is the second year FRC will open the clinic to the public, allowing anyone interested in rodeo to learn all about it up close and personal.

The clinic will focus on the rough-stock portion of rodeos: namely bareback and saddle bronc riding and bull riding. One of the advantages of the clinic is the more-than-qualified instruction participants will receive. More than 15 qualifiers from the National Finals Rodeo will be present to instruct and ensure a safe area.

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New class plans paddle fest

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Quincy locals try out some human-powered boats at last year’s Plumas Paddle Fest, presented by the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program of Feather River College. This year’s fest is scheduled for April 26 at the swimming hole near Oakland Camp in Quincy. Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor
4/18/2014
 

Feather River College’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership program is once again getting ready for the annual Plumas Paddle Fest. The fest turns 10 years old this year, and to celebrate, organizers are planning more activities for all ages to enjoy.

The outdoor event will take place April 26 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the big swimming hole near Oakland Camp in Quincy. The Paddle Fest was created to promote boater safety awareness and give the community a chance to try various paddling devices free of charge.

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Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2014

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Robert Paulson, of Meadow Valley, holds up the 23-pound Mackinaw he caught at Bucks Lake on April 6. Photo submitted
Michael Condon
Staff Writer
4/18/2014

 

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.          ~    Author Unknown

Henry David Thoreau

News year’s resolutions are a big deal. They provide a sort of course correction for our hectic lives.

This annual ritual, by virtue of our collective commitment, improves not just our own lives, but also makes this world a better place; at least in theory.

The promises we make range from quitting smoking, to more dieting and exercise, to more hours spent volunteering. Each year, on the first day of January we get a new start.

It’s a bit like a real-life mulligan.

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Big league boys Chester and Portola play at Aces stadium

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Portola’s Will Marquette makes the catch a split second too late as Chester’s Cole Conner slides onto the base at the Aces Ballpark last Friday. The two teams got the chance of a lifetime: to play ball in a Triple-A stadium. Photo by Tiffany Williams
James Wilson
Sports Editor
4/18/2014

 

It’s every young baseball player’s dream to make it to the big leagues. Chester and Portola’s team came one step closer to that dream last Friday — at least for one day. The two teams got the chance to play in the Reno Aces’ Triple-A ballpark in downtown Reno.

Though the game was part of their regular schedule and affected their records, most of the players were so awestruck by the grandeur of the ballpark that they resembled fish out of water more than baseball players.

“The highlight of the game was definitely the stadium. Neither team actually played all that well,” joked Chester coach Terry Hernandez. “I think most of the players were just too awestruck; it intimidated them.”

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