California Outdoors for the week of 5/19/2014
Can gifted fish get you a ticket?
Question: My husband and some friends and I were fishing in the Eastern Sierras the second day of the trout opener and we all caught some nice fish. As we were leaving the lake to return to our car, one of our friends who had a long drive ahead didn’t want to keep his fish and offered them to us. We already had our limits but he said, “You can have two limits in your possession so just say you caught mine yesterday.” We took the fish but didn’t feel right about it. Was this actually okay?Write comment (0 Comments)
California Outdoors for the week of 5/2/2014
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.Write comment (0 Comments)
FRC rodeo to open arena for anyone brave enough
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
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.Write comment (0 Comments)
New class plans paddle fest
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
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.Write comment (0 Comments)
Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2014
Robert Paulson, of Meadow Valley, holds up the 23-pound Mackinaw he caught at Bucks Lake on April 6. Photo submitted
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.Write comment (0 Comments)