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Lower spring runoff can make for some good stream fishing

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John Gregg, of Quincy, shows off the 9-pound Mackinaw he caught at Bucks Lake on March 19. Right now is the time the big lake trout swim in the shallower water, making shore fishing a great option. Photo submitted
Michael Condon
Staff Writer
4/4/2014

 

“Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.”

Henry David Thoreau

In recent years I have tended to ignore the spring stream opener.

I just don’t find high and muddy streams that attractive to fish. The fast water makes it really tough to get your fly where you want it and when you are lucky enough to cast your fly into that sweet spot, well, it is gone in a heartbeat.

It is against my nature to consider any time spent fishing as a waste of time. But stream fishing in heavy spring runoff can come dangerously close.

But this year when I think about runoff, the question that comes to mind is “what runoff?”

We just finished one of the driest winters on record and the snowpack in the Sierra is pathetically low.

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California Outdoors for the week of 4/4/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
 

Remote control fishing

Question: I’ve seen several remote fish finders that I’m interested in and I’m curious as to whether they’re legal in California. I read the regulations about computer-assisted fishing, but it talks about using weapons/aiming systems to harm/kill fish. I have four questions to run by you:

1. The fish finder I’m interested in is the Humminbird RF15. It basically is a bobber that doubles as a sonar and transmits wirelessly back to your receiver. It has two holes … one for the line leading to your rod, and another for your hook. Is this legal in California?

2. Can I attach this sonar to an electric remote-controlled boat and use the RC boat for positioning the sonar? In this configuration, no hook/rod/reel would be used — it would strictly be used as a fish finder.

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Hunter safety class set for Greenville

Feather Publishing
4/4/2014
 

A hunter safety certification class will be offered in Greenville. The class will be held Saturday, April 19, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class will be held at the Greenville Masonic Hall at the corner of Main and Mill streets.

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It’s time to get back on the water; Fishing Report

Michael Condon
Staff Writer
3/31/2014
 

"The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them." John Gierach "Fly Fishing the High Country"

 

I keep getting asked. Have you been fishing yet? How is the fishing?

I sheepishly admit that I haven’t been fishing yet. Maybe it’s because my last outing involved a near death experience and a good bout of hypothermia.

I was fishing from my kayak in November. My dog Willow was with me. She got excited about something and capsized our little boat. I spent a couple hours in some very cold water.

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Pronghorn antelope captures successfully completed

Feather Publishing
3/28/2014
 

California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists and veterinarians recently completed two pronghorn antelope captures in an effort to learn more about this species.

This three-year study was implemented to identify important migration routes and other habitats. This information will aid land-use planners and public and private stakeholders when making decisions regarding proposed and existing land-use practices.

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