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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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California Outdoors for the week of 3/28/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
 

Wild vs. hatchery trout

Question: How can you tell a hatchery trout from a wild trout in Central Valley rivers? The regulations for the Stanislaus River below Goodwin Dam state you can keep two hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead. Hatchery steelhead have clipped adipose fins. If I catch a trout and it has an adipose fin, do I just assume it’s not a hatchery trout?

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California Outdoors for the week of 3/21/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
 

Feral cattle

Question: I know of people seeing feral cattle in a wilderness area where I hunt. The area is miles from the nearest maintained trail at elevations where bighorns are found. Rangers also confirm the cattle are feral, as in left behind by the ranchers who used to run cattle in the area. What are the laws regarding taking feral cattle in California? I know other states, such as Colorado, allow it year round, unregulated.

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