J.D. Richey

The last one

Well, after 18 years and close to 1,000 columns, it’s time for me to say goodbye. Yes, this is my last column. It was a tough decision, but I’m also excited to be movin ...

What to do about salmon?

State and Federal fishery managers, statisticians and biologists have been meeting and discussing the options for California’s salmon seasons over the past couple weeks. Whil ...

Under the weather? Check out the expo

It looks like we may have some weather coming in this weekend. What perfect timing. Since it’s gonna be snotty outside, you may as well stay indoors and head for the Interna ...

A little fall of rain – finally

Well, the storm door finally opened earlier this week, and we got a good, munch-needed soaking. Prior to that, fishing was pretty stale just about everywhere. The prolonged ...

Reeling in a great year of fishing

Well, here we go again ... about ready to wrap up another year (already). Sitting back and reflecting on the past 12 months as a whole, I gotta say 2017 was a very interesting y ...

What’s under the angler’s tree this Christmas?

First and foremost, I sincerely hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas. In the meantime, can somebody tell me how we got almost to 2018 so stinkin’ quickly? Man, tim ...

Fishing tips: The mechanics of Striper trolling

With the wacky weather, unseasonably warm water temps, low water and a complete lack of winter, stripers in the Delta and rivers have been acting a bit wacky this season. One day ...

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 ...