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Prepare for change in springtime weather

One of the most common mistakes anglers make during the spring is not being properly prepared.

February 28, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Connected to fishing holes near and far

I know it doesn't make a lot of sense, but in the afternoon of the Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton Saturday, with all the other locations featured, I went into the destination theater showing Alaska.

February 26, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Wildflower excursions

For the next month or two, California's wildflowers will be putting on a magnificent show for all of us to enjoy. The price of admission is a tankful of gas and some wear and tear on your boots. While the high Sierra get all the attention of trout fishers, skiers, and hunters, the most prolific wildflowers are actually a little lower down the mountain.

February 24, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Running old fuel can damage boat’s engine

Last year I started fishing for trout and kokanee, and before I knew it time had passed and my bass boat just sat there.

February 21, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Dinners raise wildlife funds

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.

February 18, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Experience, adaptability can improve your luck

I'm beginning to see more and more boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.

February 14, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


McFish plentiful but no bite

If the situation requires, I stop at the travel center in Corning.

February 12, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Springtime crappies in foothills & Delta

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.

February 10, 2013 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Early signs of spring give anglers the itch

What a difference a week can make.

February 07, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


At the very least, you fished

I've fished four days so far this year. At this time last year I had been out three times that.

February 05, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


First aid for your vehicle

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 ...

February 04, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Learning from the past

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?

January 29, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


GETTING IT WRIGHT

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.

January 27, 2013 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Empty the tackle box; less can produce more

I was looking through some of my tackle the other day, and it was sad to see once-popular baits no longer being used.

January 24, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Finding inciting incident in graduate school

A good story starts with an inciting incident - an event that gets the plot moving.

January 22, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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Towing trailers takes practice

One of the most helpless feelings I've ever had was while sitting in a vehicle that had gone out of control.

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NFL Clash: Should he stay or should he go in 7 cities

Should he stay or should he go?

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Bigger stakes produced better games in ‘16

Don't you love it when the game lives up to the hype?

December 29, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Big-time college sports keeps falling on its face

Grayson Allen sure picked a lousy week to take college sports on a bad trip down memory lane.

December 26, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


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