• Local Angler Focus: Carlo Ramos, Owner/Operator Delta Wood Bombers
    by: Roland Aspiras,

    (Sacramento) The hum of machinery and sawdust fills the “Bomb Shelter” on a Wednesday night. Its lone worker with exquisite tattoos on his arms, carefully grinds away at a piece of cedar pine.

    “There goes another one for the batch,” he says, setting the piece into a plastic bin.

    The batch is still in the early stages, but slowly they...


  • Thousands Of Pacific Herring Entrained At Delta Pumps This Year
    by: Dan Bacher,

    For commercial fishermen, the Pacific herring, Clupea pallasii, is the target of a valuable roe fishery in San Francisco Bay every winter. 

    For recreational fishermen, the Pacific herring is a popular bait to fish for salmon, lingcod, rockfish and other species with from a private or party boat.

    For seafood connoisseurs, the Pacific...


  • Silver Lake: From Abundant Rainbows To Huge Mackinaws
    by: Dan Bacher,

    Silver Lake, located in the Central Sierra Nevada off Highway 88, offers the best of both worlds – lots of rainbows for families to catch and the chance for big fish enthusiasts to nail trophy mackinaw and brown trout.

    Silver is a surprisingly fertile fishery, in spite of being located in a large, high elevation granite basin surrounded...


  • Treestand Blacktails: Part 2
    by: Cal Kellogg,

    Cal Kellogg kicked off this discussion of treestand blacktail tactics in the last issue of The Fish Sniffer. Here is the conclusion-Editor.

    Lower elevation feeding areas tend to be more varied. Ridges with acorn production are always good. So are areas that have recently burned, especially after a rain, when such areas are rich with...


  • Raised Fishing The Ocean, It Was Good To Get Back!
    by: Ernie Marlan,

    I have been following NorCal Sport Fishing Adventures and Captain Tim Wong on Facebook and noticed he was catching quite a few rockfish and lingcod.  One picture of a 25 lb lingcod caught my attention and made me pick up the phone and contact Captain Tim.  I told Captain Tim that I was craving some fish tacos and would love to catch some...


  • Fly Fishing For Bass At Mather Lake
    by: Headwaters Fishing Team,

    After a skunk at Black Butte, I decided I needed to further educate myself in the ways of bass fishing. Since I am admittedly not the world's best bass fisherman, I figured I would be equally effective either fly fishing or using conventional tackle, so of course I chose to further my fly fishing skills.

    My first stop was tKiene's Fly...


  • Take The Captain’s Advice When Rockfishing
    by: David Hurley,

    Are those white shrimp flies on your rod, Dave,” said Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker peering out of the wheelhouse on our way to the Marin coast, adding, “Those don’t work very well along the coast.” 

    I replied, “Really, OK, we’ll see if they work.” I should have known better than to disregard the advice of the venerable Captain...


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    Senator Wolk Reintroduces Revised Water Bond
    July 16, 2014

    State Senator Lois Wolk on Thursday, July 3 reintroduced a revamped Senate Bill 848, responding to requests by Governor Jerry Brown for a more scaled-down bond, before the Senate went into summer recess.

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