Category: Hunting & Fishing – NorCal

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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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 the Jr. Duck Hunt for many...

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Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar.

Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar. By Melissa Wynn Moth Photos by Jim Moore, Entomologist Caterpillar Photos Courtesy of WhatsThatBug.com On a warm Spring morning as I reached to unlock the door of our Westwood office I saw a big beautiful, fuzzy moth basking in a ray of sun on the wall beside the door. I was so intrigued by it’s fiery orange head and the Nike swish pattern on her wings that I just had to find out what she was. I carefully captured my incidental treasure in a large plastic storage container and rushed it to the home of our local...

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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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