• Kokanee – Another Fish Checked Off The Bucket List
    by: Cal Kellogg,

    Kokanee fishing is something I had never done, and, when I made my bucket list a few years ago I put this fish on my list. As a fishaholic I needed to catch a kokanee. I had just scratched off a keeper sturgeon earlier this year, so I started looking up guides for kokanee and asking around.

    I also started research on the internet (what...


  • Union Valley, The Trophy Mackinaw Jewel Of The Crystal Basin
    by: Dan Bacher,

    The Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Union Valley Reservoir is not only the largest of the lakes of the Crystal Basin Recreation Area in the Eldorado National Forest, but it has the most diverse fishery.

    Anglers can catch rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, mackinaw trout, German browns and even smallmouth bass in its clear waters...


  • Fishermen, Tribal Leaders Rally Against Brown Water Plan
    by: Dan Bacher,

    Restore the Delta (RTD) and many other groups held a big rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday, July 29, featuring the delivery of a “Death of the Delta" coffin containing thousands of public comments opposing Governor Jerry Brown’s peripheral tunnels. 

    Hundreds of people, including fishermen, Tribal leaders, environmentalists, Delta...


  • Kayaking For Berryessa Trout
    by: Victor Woolworth, Headwaters Fishing Team,

    The weather was forecasted to be in the seventies, so I decided it was a great day to go fishing at Lake Berryessa. I got to Lupine Shores at 7:45 and was on the water by 8 a.m.

    I started off trolling with a dodger and a rubber worm. As I turned the point, I ran into Ken Jan, an NCKA member who had been on the water for a while. I asked...


  • Hook’d Up Sport Fishing Trip Produces Salmon, Rockfish And Lingcod
    by: Ernie Marlan,

    Knowing that salmon fishing in Bodega Bay should be heating up right about now, I scheduled a trip with Hook'd Up Sport Fishing on Sunday, July 27. When I arrived at the boat, the other anglers and I were informed by Captain Steve Mitchell that the previous day there were several schools of salmon in the area many with some very big fish...


  • Anglers Struggle For Salmon On Sacramento, Feather Rivers
    by: Dan Bacher,

    I arrived at the Yuba City Boat ramp at 4 am and got in the boat with Rob Reimer of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service and Jimmy Downs. We sped through the boat in the darkness to the hole on the Feather River above Shanghai Rapids where Reimers had put his anchor, attached to a red buoy.

    Rob had spent the night sleeping in the boat in...


  • 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...


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    August 18, 2014

    In September 2002, Dan Carter, fishing guide, called to tell me that a massive fish kill was taking place on the lower Klamath River. He soon turned the phone over to Walt Lara, Yurok Tribal Elder, who emphasized the scope of the disaster...


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