California Outdoors for the week of 8/1/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Game fences

Question: I have been hunting deer and elk out of state for years. Every western state I have hunted has installed game fencing adjacent to highways where big game frequents and/or migrates. Why in the heck doesn’t California do this? I live in Grass Valley and Interstate Highway 49 is always being widened, but never does the work include game fencing or game “underpasses.” I have never seen or read any information coming from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommending game fencing along California highways.

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Golf Results for the week of 7/25/2014

Mt. Huff
Golf Tournament

Under a blazing hot July sun, a large group of golfers turned out for the Mt. Huff Two-Person Best Ball Tournament that was held on July 12. After a 1 p.m. tee-off in 96-degree weather, three teams scored prize money.

First place prize winners were Gary Metzdorf and Tom Rogers, who were smokin’ hot to say the least!

Second place recognition went to the red-hot combo of Mike Ingle and Dick Grace.

In third place came the toasty duo of David Smuts and John Bowen.

Old Beezlebub didn’t show up for the competition because he thought it was too hot!

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Rebranding a local, native river monster

Ryan Thoni
Fisheries BIologist
Saint Louis University

A cool breeze swept its way up the canyon walls keeping the otherwise stifling July heat at bay for a moment. The whip of a long cast, followed by the distant splash of long-bodied shallow running Rapala was the only other noise accompanying the wind. Twitch … twitch, zzzzzzzzz!!!

Cruising the steep canyon banks of the deep and mysterious Rock Creek Reservoir in the Feather River Canyon is a native river monster. It is an aggressive predator sometimes reaching lengths beyond 3 feet!

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Fishing Report for the week of 7/25/2014

Rodney Lee Jr. catches a 16-pound, 33-inch German brown trout off the Hamilton Branch shoreline of Lake Almanor, July 16. Photo submitted
Michael Condon
Staff Writer
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
—Doug Larson

The so-called dog days of summer are a bit early this year. That should not be a surprise considering the drought we are in.

The lack of snowfall this year is starting to take a toll on lake levels and water temperatures.

Lake Almanor

The water levels are higher than most north state reservoirs but the water temperatures are on the rise and that has the bite falling off a bit.

Successful anglers are working the deeper and cooler water. The trout are changing the focus of their diet from insects to pond smelt.

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All-stars fall in championship game

Feather River All-Stars pitcher Toby Buus delivers a pitch as fielders Bowdy Griffin, left, and Brendan Murray prepare for defense during the championship game against Gridley on Tuesday, July 15, in Redding. Feather River lost to Gridley, 5-0, in the final game of the Section 2 tournament. Photo by Holly Buus
Terry Baumgartner

Feather River All-Stars Coach

The Feather River Junior Baseball All-Stars lost 5-0 in the championship game of the Section 2 tournament Tuesday night, July 15, to Gridley.

The Section 2 tournament was held at Redding’s Foothill High School.

Feather River beat Gridley in 2013 to win the Section 2 championship, but this time Gridley would not be denied.

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