Category: Hunting & Fishing – NorCal

A Fish Tale -Coleman National Fish Hatchery

By Christy Milan Wildly beating the water, the salmon splash and whip their tails to and fro as they struggle to gain momentum on their journey upstream to spawn. This is the time of the salmon run when the fish migrate from the ocean and work their way upstream to where they were born. They will also spawn and begin a new life cycle on a gravel bed. These salmon will then mature and make their way to the Pacific Ocean only to return and spawn, thus starting over the cycle of life for salmon. Over the winter the North State was drenched with much needed rain and snow. At times this was a...

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Tips From The Pros Fishing Tips

Hey folks, in the past I talked about Silver, Almanor and Antelope Lakes-yes they’re still a good bet for a family outing but if you are on the road for a good adventure check out McCoy Reservoir and Long Lake off Highway 44. Our Department of Fish and Game just planted fish in those lakes in May, and yes, there are fish left over from last year in McCoy. While out on the 44 you can try out Crater Lake east of the Bogart Ranger Station. You may want to pack some bug spray. Eagle Lake’s water is up and the fish are biting. So get out there with your favorite lures and try your luck. You know...

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Lake Almanor Fishing – Nor Cal Mountains

Follow the great fishing year ’round at Lake Almanor and in the waters nearby. Doug Neal, Fishing Guide – Fishing Reports +1-530-258-6732 or Email to book YOUR trip with Almanor Fishing Adventures Licensed & Bonded • DFW# 704166-02 THE HEX HATCH – Annual phenomena at Lake Almanor draws fishermen from near and far. Read articles about fishing Lake Almanor. and link to more fishing in the Sierra-Cascade Mountains of NorCal. Read more about fishing around NorCal. Fishing Guides in the Lake Almanor Area: Find contact information for Guides in the Lake Almanor area from the...

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Fishing Fun In and Around Lake Almanor

By Bob Kopernik, Lucky Grady Fishing Guide Service If you are new to this area and are interested in drowning a few worms or crickets in hopes of having Fish Tacos for dinner, do yourself a favor and purchase a detailed geographical map of the area. I like the Northern California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Map book because it shows most all of the lakes, streams, campgrounds and the roads to get you there.  Another good resource is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website, to see where and when they last planted fish into the place that you are thinking about fishing.  You...

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When Are Crossbows Legal?

Carrie Wilson is a 20-year CDFW veteran and an avid outdoor enthusiast, angler and hunter. She is a marine biologist with a strong background of professional experience working in both fisheries and wildlife management. An established award-winning outdoor writer, Carrie enjoys tackling the tough questions from the public and will be regularly tapping into the expertise of CDFW’s wildlife officers and many fisheries, wildlife and marine biologists to best cover all the topics. If you have a question you would like to see answered in the California Outdoors Q and A column, email it to...

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Tips From The Pros

Lots of Water Makes For Great Fishing, But Be Prepared With all the weather we’ve had here in Northern California the lakes are filling up to the brims. It looks like fishing is going to be great at Lake Almanor, Eagle and Antelope Lake. Stop by the local shops and find out what happing in the area. We’ll give you all the latest reports as we hear them. Archery shoots have started  in Redding, Red bluff, Paradise. There are also shoots in Loyalton and Northern Nevada. Great fun for the whole family. Check out your local archery shop for information. Remember the last weekend of March spring...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our...

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Ladder Fishing at Pyramid Lake

  The Great Stone Mother Legend states that this lake was created by a mother who missed her children so badly she sat near the edge of a mountain and cried. She cried and cried, never moving. Her tears fell so hard and so fast they formed a lake around her. She sat there so long she turned to stone. The people call her “Great Mother” and she sits on the Eastern shore of Pyramid Lake, her lake, with her basket at her side. By Molly Barber and Photos by If you are in the mood for an adventure, let me tell you about this little gem… Pyramid Lake. Not only is this lake an awesome...

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Exploring Ice Caves In Lassen County

Photos and Article by Mara Dobyns “Life is an adventure. It’s not about the destination we reach that’s most rewarding, it’s the journey along the way. So write it down! & treasure the memory forever…” – Barlena Morina While exploring in Lassen National Forest, take highway 36 to Wilson Lake Road 29 & 63, then make a right onto the 29 N 19 road. Next, find the E. Spur Road off of 29 N 19, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon a tree marked “Ice” in blue paint. From there just ahead you will find an opening with a couch carved out of a tree, a trailhead, and a mailbox...

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Pro Golfer Visits Westwood

Pro Golfer Visits Westwood by E. Majors In the area with his dad, Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson visited Westwood recently. Phil Michelson, Sr. attended school in Westwood and graduated in Chester. When their family arrived at the museum, Sheri Binswanger immediately called Terry Ferguson, a fellow board member for the Westwood Museum. He went to school with Mickelson, Sr. and the two had fun sharing old times. The Mickelson family also visited Buffalo Chips Pizza, where he may have gone unnoticed. The staff that was on duty enjoyed his visit and his compliments so much, they made a point to...

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