J.D. Richey

Outdoors column: Flatline for river kings

If I had to cast a vote for the most exciting moment in all of fishing, I may just have to go with the instant a big king salmon inhales a backtrolled plug. The first thump that l ...

Outdoors Column: Salmon — it’s what’s for dinner

Salmon season is just cranking up in the Valley rivers and it’s been going great guns in the ocean for most of the summer. Sure, caching salmon is great — but eating them is ev ...

Outdoors:Salmon opener decent, but best yet to come

The very much-anticipated inland salmon opener took place on Monday and, overall, it wasn't exactly a barnburner. Though portions of the Sacramento, Feather, Mokelumne and American ...

Outdoors: Salmon opener decent, but best yet to come

The very much-anticipated inland salmon opener took place on Monday and, overall, it wasn?t exactly a barnburner. Though portions of the Sacramento, Feather, Mokelumne and Americ ...

Outdoors: California's only silver salmon fishery

I?ve been hearing lots of my sea-faring buddies grousing lately about the fact that the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco and Bodega Bay is suddenly loaded with coho (silver) salmon. ...

Hot bassin' on Bruin Ranch

There’s a 2,300 acre piece of fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation nirvana in North Auburn that I really hope you get a chance to check out. If you’ll recall, I took a tou ...

Plenty of post-storm fishing awaits in several area lakes and rivers

Wow – the storms have finally backed off and it looks like we’ll have a chance to get outside this weekend! If you’ve got cabin fever like me, you’re probably jonesing to w ...

Fishing trends to watch for in coming year

Happy New Year! It’s crazy — I just realized I’ve been doing the outdoors column here for a decade — that’s well over 500 articles, give or take a few ...

Put those kokanee on the grill

You been getting your last licks in? I’m talking kokanee, of course — the only salmon we seem to be able to catch around here these days. While the season’s rapidly winding ...

Roller-coaster ride on the river

As you clear Last Chance Rapid, you’ve got about 20 seconds before the entrance to Tunnel Chute to frantically get the boat lined up straight. Just about the time it’s too late ...