Outdoors

Licenses, tags and applications now available for 2013-14

Generally, those who applied for a hunting license or deer tags last year have received the Hunting Digest by now. The magazine has statistics from all over the state from last se ...

Final regulations for 2013 salmon fishing are adopted

Ocean salmon fishing opened two weeks ago with the blessing and approval of the feds, a requirement if there’s going to be any fishing at all. The California Fish and Game Co ...

Television broadcast pioneer Bel Lange set the bar high

Bel Lange was a household fixture from the mid 1950s through the early 1980s. Those fortunate enough to have a television in those early years tuned in to then-Stockton-based KOVR ...

Archery clinic for kids to be held April 27 in Roseville

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will co-sponsor an archery clinic for youngsters from ages of 8-17. The Youth Archery Spring Fling will be held Saturday, April 27, f ...

Ocean salmon season to open Saturday, April 6

The opening of the ocean salmon fishery is something party boats owners and operators up and down the coast look forward to. There’s just not much ocean fishing during the wi ...

Crappie are fun to catch — and eat

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be successful fishing for crappie, and it’s probably the one reason many anglers essentially thumb their noses in even trying for ...

SMUD trout fishing derby at Rancho Seco is fun for all

Twice a year, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District sponsors a trout fishing derby at Rancho Seco Lake, 25 miles south of Sacramento. The lake is small by any standards. The p ...

Outdoors: Leopard sharks take the bait and put up a good fight

  Leopard sharks don’t get a lot of love from West Coast anglers for some reason. Of course, they’re not in the glamour fraternity with king salmon, yellowtail ...

Spring pig hunts offered in Yolo County; turkey season opens March 30

Yolo County is just across the river so you can go pig hunting at Bobcat Ranch on a single tank of gas. The hunts, eight of them, will be offered by the California Department of F ...

Time to get the boat ready for spring use

Most boats have done nothing but sit on the trailer all winter — some in garages or driveways, some covered and others open to nature’s elements. Some users religiousl ...

Outdoors: Charity striper derby coming up

There aren’t all that many opportunities out there to have a good time, catch some fish, partake in a great meal, and help out a great cause…all in the same day. But y ...

Check the wildlife code before you sell or trade that trophy mount

Mounted deer heads. Moose. Elk. A largemouth bass appearing to be in its natural habitat. Two quail or ducks, geese, pheasants and so many others can be beautifully mounted and pro ...

Outdoors: Banner steelie season continues on the American River

I’m not totally sure what’s gotten into the American River this year, but she’s been pumping out steelhead like crazy.  We American regulars have sadly r ...

Outdoors: Trout: It’s what’s for dinner

  February and March is prime time for trout fishing in the Foothills and Valley region and lakes like Amador, recently-opened Pardee, Camanche, Berryessa, Folsom, New Mel ...

Now is the time to replace — and properly dispose of — your fishing line

For as long as there’s been fishing line, it has been discarded along the waterways. Before the invention of monofilament lines, anglers used cotton-type line. It didn&rsquo ...