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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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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Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt

Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt By Molly Barber Photos By Jeff Barber & Ronnie Theobald I come from a family of people who truly love the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were multigenerational activities along with most other outdoor recreation. Hunting isn’t something I got into but growing up with a grandfather, father, uncle, and brother who loved it, I participated in my own way. I remember riding on quads or in trucks looking for deer, walking countless miles with them while they chucker hunted, and camping with them before opening days. I loved using and calibrating...

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Eagle Lake & Lake Almanor Fall Fishing’s on its Way!

By Dave Huhtala, Owner The Elegant Iris and The Men’s Den It’s been a long hot summer but fall is on its way. Eagle Lake fishing should start picking up. Low water again for this year. Well I  like to get out there around the end of September and early October with my jigs. First legal light and work the water with white, brown,  turkey, and olive colored Marabou Jigs. Don’t forget about the little white Paddle Bugs or small white Gitz Its. At this time of year the minnows are balling up around the shore line. If you find them you will have a blast with that bugfree 4-6 lb test line. Again...

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Meet The Artist- Herman Oswald and Catching Concepts Crankbaits

Growing up in an area like this offers so many blessings it’s easy to take them all for granted. We are gifted with four seasons and many activities to do in all of them. One of the activities I was raised participating in, as I’m sure many of you were, is fishing. I don’t think that a year has gone by where I haven’t gone out for the surface bite or another type of fishing. It seems as though coming from such an outdoorsy community, it shouldn’t have been a surprise to learn that a local is creating his own lures right here in Westwood, but it was. Herman Oswald, the creator of Catching...

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Westwood Museum +1.530.256.2233, WebDirecting.biz

The Westwood Museum, located in the little mountain community of Westwood, contains the artifacts of a once thriving logging town that was founded in 1913 by the Walker Family. During the time the town was owned by the Walker family, the nation experienced the Industrial Revolution, two World Wars and significant societal changes. The Red River Mill was the largest operating mill in North America. The town had a state-of-the-art hospital, a theater and opera house, the largest sawdust pile in the world and an indoor mall, said to be the first indoor mall in the United States. The people who...

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Fishing with Bob- Enjoying Beautiful Lake Almanor

By Bob Kopernik When full, Lake Almanor offers about 44 square miles of surface area and 52 miles of shoreline. Located at 4500 feet in elevation the summer climate gives cool nights and warm days which is particularly inviting to outdoor activities. Because much of the water depth averages about 40 feet and the deepest river channel is just over 90 feet, the lake surface temperature warms up to a pleasant 72+ degrees for the two warmest months. When the area surrounding the lake was developed a generous amount of shoreline and land was set aside never to be developed privately or...

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