Lake Amador

New proposed striper rules hit a snag

The Department of Fish and Game held a hearing last month in Rio Vista. There was so much interest in the proposed new striper rules and regulations that the original meeting place ...

The perfect stocking stuffer: a 2012 fishing license

It doesn’t matter when you purchased the 2011 fishing license. It expires at midnight Dec. 31.That means if you have any hope of fishing Jan. 1, you’ll be required to h ...

Wild turkey, pheasant hunting seasons open

The second Saturday of November marked the opening for the state’s wild turkey and the annual tromp-through-fields pheasant hunting seasons.Those hoping to put a wild turkey ...

You and decoy placement are critical to hunting success

You could have some of the most life-like decoys available on the market today, but if you just throw them onto the water haphazardly, you could be doing more damage to luring duck ...

Hunting opens this weekend in Balance of State Zone

The Department of Fish and Game has estimated more than 50,000 shotgunners visited the fields in 2010, hoping to bag a duck or goose for the dinner table.The northeastern zone for ...

Abalone fishery now officially closed in Sonoma County

The dying off of abalone since August throughout the diving areas of Sonoma County has been reported here.It was attributed to a red tide, bacteria-laden water so called because it ...

Pig hunts to be offered in Yolo County

California is home to many wild pigs, and farmers aren’t happy with the damage the porkers do in their rooting for foodstuffs. Essentially, wild pigs aren’t much more t ...

A lifejacket is required for each person aboard

There’s only one thing worse than not having a lifejacket aboard your boat, and that’s having a lifejacket that doesn’t fit properly.The law requires a lifejacket ...

Popular rock cod fishery is open with rules changes

Fishing for the wide variety of the ocean’s bottom-residing fish — rock cod — from your boat or a party boat has always been popular.The reason is simple: The fish you catch ...

Salmon season dates are set for area rivers

It was reported in our last column that offshore salmon fishing season dates had been set and, without fail, the California Department of Fish and Game mirrored those set by the Pa ...

Mosquitoes will be out in force this year

With so much rain this past winter, there are massive amounts of standing water just about everywhere. And, there hasn’t been enough heat or north wind to dry it up.That means pe ...

Ice fishing dangers are few, but worth noting

Last week, this column was dedicated to how to go about boring a hole through the frozen surface of a high Sierra lake and fishing for trout.Any potential danger to venturing onto ...

Rendering offshore waters off limits to fishing is just wrong

Anglers who enjoy taking a boat ride in the open, blue water of the Pacific Ocean chomp at the bit each year for the regulations booklet that will define how they’ll be able ...

One of these days, lead fishing weights will go bye-bye

If you cast your line often enough, sooner or later you’re bound to get bit. You might even catch something. The same principle can be applied to lawsuits. Over the years, t ...

Crabbing on your own is a little work but well worth it

Most anglers rely on any of the numerous party boats to get a limit of crab. Why not? The boat’s deckhand does all the work, and the angler reaps the reward of crabs in the s ...
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