Usually about this time of year, I attend the annual fundraising dinner for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. If you have never been to one of the many outdoor fund raising events of this nature, I highly recommend it. I attend every year and it's a great time for the whole family. Many of the major conservation groups have such dinners: Ducks Unlimited, The Mule Deer Foundation, California Waterfowl Association, Ctrout Unlimited, California Trout, and The California Striped Bass Association, are just a few that come to mind.
I'm beginning to see more and more boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.
If the situation requires, I stop at the travel center in Corning.
About this time every year, I start getting to the limit of my ability to stay indoors and have to get out afield, even if it is too early. Fortunately, early spring time sometimes has some great crappie fishing. While there is great crappie fishing in both the Delta and the big foothill reservoirs, small farmponds are best this early in the season, because they are smaller and usually shallower, farmponds get warm sooner than the bigger deeper waters.
What a difference a week can make.
I've fished four days so far this year. At this time last year I had been out three times that.
One of the primary reasons I get out in the wilds to hunt, fish, or just explore the back country is to get away from the crowds. The fishing is almost always better, the game less skittish, and the trails seem to have more wild flowers. In order to get out "back of the beyond" you often have to take your vehicle onto roads less traveled. The great part about driving on untraveled roads way back in the boondocks is that you often have great fishing and solitude. The bad part about being way out in the middle of nowhere ...
I opened my fly box, but knew it wasn't there. Rain started to soak the chenille, marabou and thread of the flies I didn't need in the box opened like a book with the best pages torn out. I had comets, bosses, polar shrimp, Babine Specials, fish tacos, October Hiltons, Silver Hiltons and a Deschutes Madness. No egg-sucking leeches. How can you be fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout in Alaska without an egg-sucking leech?
For Ripon boys basketball coach Rod Wright, winning his 100th Trans Valley League game was about as meaningful as a rerun of The Jerry Springer Show.
I was looking through some of my tackle the other day, and it was sad to see once-popular baits no longer being used.
A good story starts with an inciting incident - an event that gets the plot moving.
Although trout fishing and bass fishing are my favorite excuses to get out in the great outdoors, there are many times when just watching the wild critters is pretty darned good entertainment.
The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient.
If I can't be on the Thorne River, I'd take the Upper Sacramento, McCloud or Pit. If I can't be on any of those, or outdoors period, the next best place is to be at the annual Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.
Just before the sixth quarter of one of the most fascinating and improbable NFL playoff games you'll ever see, Justin Tucker trotted out onto the field and did something you hardly ever see.
There's an old saying that "one man's junk is another man's treasure."
The Manteca Little League Red Sox took advantage of six walks to put up 12 first-inning runs and never looked back in a 21-8 win ...
Over the years I have periodically reported on historic or collectors guns that have come up for auction.
Last week, I mentioned that I was going to be fishing for bass with a childhood friend.
Life is full of regrets.
Several years ago when I made the decision to fish for multiple species, I didn't realize it was going to be so difficult.
It took a little longer than I had originally planned, but I finally was able to fish Lake Pardee last weekend.
Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador.
April is the month that I get most excited about when thinking about going fishing.
Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal.
If you ask any fisherman what they like about fishing, they probably wouldn't be able to give you just one answer.
Wind has to be one of my least favorite conditions to fish in.
It's been a few years since I stopped fishing bass tournaments.
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