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Lake Del Valle Update

Carl Ludwig from Fremont caught a Stringer of two trout and one smallmouth Bass weighing at 8.96 pounds on Power Eggs at the East Beach.

Carl Ludwig from Fremont caught a Stringer of two trout and one smallmouth
bass weighing at 8.96 pounds on Power Eggs at the East Beach.

Our friends at Lake Del Valle, in the East Bay Area in Livermore, provided their latest fishing report:

Lake Del Valle Fishing Report February 6, 2014
This last week fishing hasn’t been at its best with the rain and wind
coming through. Water level has rose a couple feet with water
temperatures still cold at 47 degrees. Drifting and cast and retrieve
along the Lower Narrows and East Beach seems to work best for Trout.
They are hitting Kastmasters, Micetails, and bright colored PowerBait.
A few catfish have been reported being caught on anchovies or chicken
livers in the South End of the Lake. Large and smallmouth bass have
been been reported biting off deep diving crankbaits and bass jigs
along the rock walls in the Narrows. No stripers have been reported
this week but best bet is to try swimbaits or anchovies in Swallow Bay
and Lower Narrows.

Marcos Mendoza caught this 7.27-pound rainbow on a Kastmaster at the East Beach area.

Marcos Mendoza caught this 7.27-pound rainbow on a Kastmaster at the East Beach area.

Fish Plants:

1-23-14 750 pounds (Mt Lassen)
1-30-14 750 pounds (Mt Lassen)
2-5-14 750 pounds (Mt Lassen)


Sac River Guide Report

Kirk Portacerro, “The Sac River Guide,” provided this report:

Photo courtesy of Sac River Guide

Photo courtesy of Sac River Guide


Sac River Guide Announcement

                                           RAIN ON THE WAY !  Let’s Go Fishing !

We are on the Chetco River now fishing for coastal Steelhead.
 We still have openings available in February and March , these are the prime months to fish. 
 Call us today to reserve your spot.
The time to hit the Steelhead on the coast is now.
 Watch for more updates on our Fishing Report page.
 Thank you for fishing with us. We will see you soon .
 Kirk and Lisa Portocarrero



Mountain Lion Attacks Man In Riverside County

Photo courtesy of USFWS

Photo courtesy of USFWS


A Super Bowl halftime break allowed me to share this story courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A mountain lion attacked a homeless man in the city of Perris in Riverside County. Here’s the CDFW report:


Riverside County Man Attacked by Animal

FEBRUARY 2, 2014 BY 

A 50-year-old homeless man is recovering in a hospital after allegedly being attacked by a mountain lion in Perris over the weekend.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital Saturday morning with injuries consistent with a mountain lion attack – lacerations, puncture wounds and bite marks at the base of the skull.

He had surgery Saturday night and his condition is unknown.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) law enforcement officers and biologists responded to the area and were unable to locate the lion. Baited traps have been set in an effort to capture the lion and officers are on scene.

CDFW will make all reasonable efforts to ensure the actual offending animal is destroyed. DNA samples were collected from the victim to match with the lion if it is captured. If the animal is found it will be destroyed in the interest of public safety.

“The first priority of any law enforcement agency is the safety of the public and we are doing everything we can to find and capture this animal before it can harm anyone else” said CDFW Assistant Chief Dan Sforza. “We are asking nearby residents to be aware there is a lion in the area and to be careful with their pets and children.”

The attack happened off of Highway 74 west of the 215 freeway.

If confirmed this will be the 15th verified lion attack on humans in California since 1986. The last fatal attack was in Jan. 2004 at Whiting Ranch Regional Park in Orange County. A 63-year-old man survived a lion attack in July 2012 in Nevada County.

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The incident is under investigation.

Getting to the Bottom of California’s Microstamping Mandate

Dave Workman, who’s written for California Sportsman and does a regular column in our sister publications, weighed in on the ongoing issue in the state regarding California’s new law mandating microstamping in all semiautomatic handgun models. Ruger CEO Michael O. Fifer and Smith & Wesson president and CEO James Debney both made statements in federal court this week.

We’ll let Workman tell you more:

Both Ruger and S&W confirmed several days ago that they will not be microstamping handgun models as required by the California law, which was signed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger but takes full effect this year. In statements submitted to the court in support of the SAF lawsuit both gun company CEOs were critical of the technology.

In his statement, Fifer bluntly observed, “There is no workable microstamping technology today, and Ruger believes that California’s microstamping regulations make compliance impossible.”

Debney concurs in his statement, noting, “Smith & Wesson does not believe it is possible currently to comply with California’s microstamping regulations. Quite simply, the state law requires the technology to perform at a level that it cannot.”


Drought Conditions Prompt CDFW To Act

Some substantial rain finally seems headed this week to Sacramento, where the California Department of Fish and Wildlife offices are located. But it’s just not enough right now, and the entire state is gasping for more water. CDFW issued this press release and announced the closures of several waterways to fishing:

JANUARY 29, 2014 BY 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has closed some waters to fishing in order to protect native salmon and steelhead from low water flows in California streams and rivers that have been significantly impacted by drought. CDFW is also recommending that the Fish and Game Commission adopt emergency regulations on other rivers.

“We fully understand the impact these closures will have on California anglers and the businesses related to fishing in California, and we really feel for them,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “However the science is clear. Two-thirds of the wettest part of winter is now behind us and conditions are looking increasingly grim. Under these extreme drought conditions, it is prudent to conserve and protect as many adult fish as possible to help ensure the future of fishing in California.”

CDFW has the authority under Title 14, Article 4, Section 8.00(c) to close south central coast streams to fishing from December 1 through March 7 when it determines that stream flows are inadequate to provide fish passage for migrating steelhead trout and salmon. As a result, the following streams are closed to all fishing until stream flows are sufficient to allow fish passage for returning adult steelhead and salmon (CDFW will announce any lifting of the closures):

  1. Pescadero Creek and all anadromous reaches of San Mateo County coastal streams normally open for fishing, from Elliot Creek through Milagro Creek.
  2. The San Lorenzo River and all its tributaries, as well as all anadromous reaches of coastal streams normally open for fishing in Santa Cruz County from the San Lorenzo River on North through Waddell Creek.
  3. Aptos and Soquel Creeks (Santa Cruz County).
  4. The Pajaro River and Uvas, Llagas and Corralitos Creeks (Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara counties).
  5. The Carmel River and those sections of San Jose, Gibson, Malpaso and Soberanes creeks west of Highway 1.
  6. The Big Sur River and those Big Sur area streams from Granite Creek to Salmon Creek west of Highway 1.
  7. The main stem of the Salinas River below its confluence with the Arroyo Seco River and the Arroyo Seco River (Monterey County).

In addition, CDFW has the authority under Title 14, Article 4, Section 8.00(a) to close north coast streams to fishing from September 1 (Mad River) and October 1 (all others) through January 31 when it determines that the flow at any of the designated gauging stations is less than minimum flows stated in regulation. As a result, the following streams are subject to low flow closures through January 31 (however, CDFW is requesting this be extended to April 30 as noted in the recommendations to the Fish and Game Commission below, recommendation #3):

  1. The main stem Eel River from the paved junction of Fulmor Road with the Eel River to the South Fork Eel River.
  2. The South Fork of the Eel River downstream from Rattlesnake Creek and the Middle Fork Eel River downstream from the Bar Creek.
  3. The main stem Van Duzen River from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville.
  4. The main stem Mad River from the Hammond Trail Railroad Trestle to Cowan Creek.
  5. The main stem of the Mattole River from the mouth to Honeydew Creek.
  6. The main stem of Redwood Creek from the mouth to its confluence with Bond Creek.
  7. The main stem Smith River from the mouth of Rowdy Creek to the mouth of Patrick Creek (tributary of the Middle Fork Smith River); the South Fork Smith River from the mouth upstream approximately 1,000 feet to the County Road (George Tyron) bridge and Craig’s Creek to its confluence with Jones Creek; and the North Fork Smith River from the mouth to its confluence with Stony Creek.

Further, CDFW is recommending that the Fish and Game Commission adopt the following emergency regulations at its February 5, 2014 meeting:

  1. Closure of the American River from Nimbus Dam to the SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park until April 30.
  2. Closure of the Russian River main stem below the confluence of the East Branch of the Russian River until April 30.
  3. Extension of the low flow restrictions angling closures for the north coast and central coast areas (above San Francisco Bay) through April 30.
  4. Close all portions of any coastal stream west of any Highway 1 bridge until April 30.

There are still plenty of opportunities for California anglers to catch fish in the state’s rivers and streams outside of the closures listed above. Additionally, California’s coast offers substantial ocean fishing. Both are subject to current regulations already in place. For more on fishing in California, please visit

Current low stream flow conditions will prevent the movement of migrating anadromous fish, primarily wild steelhead trout. Stream flows in many systems are inadequate to allow passage of spawning adults, increasing their vulnerability to mortality from predation, physiological stress and angling. Furthermore, survival of eggs and juvenile fish in these systems over the coming months is likely to be extremely low if the current drought conditions continue. These temporary angling closures on selected streams will increase survival of adult wild steelhead.

Yesterday CAL FIRE announced it hired 125 additional firefighters to help address the increased fire threat due to drought conditions, and the California Department of Public Health identified communities at risk of severe water shortages and announced efforts to assist those communities. Earlier this week, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the California Water Action Plan, which will guide state efforts to enhance water supply reliability, restore damaged and destroyed ecosystems and improve the resilience of our infrastructure. Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent and last week, the Save Our Water campaign announced four new public service announcements that encourage residents to conserve. Last December, the Governor formed a Drought Task Force to review expected water allocations and California’s preparedness for water scarcity. In May 2013, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order to direct state water officials to expedite the review and processing of voluntary transfers of water and water rights.

CDFW low flow closure hotlines:

North coast: (707) 822-3164
Central coast: (707) 944-5533
South central coast: (831) 649-2886

Media Contacts:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937


California’s Elk Getting A Helping Hand

From the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 





MEDIA NOTE: For a high-resolution photo or more information, contact Mark Holyoak, RMEF, 406-523-3481 or This news release is also posted here.

California’s Elk Country, Hunting Heritage Gets Help from RMEF Grants
MISSOULA, Mont.–Grants provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for the state of California will ensure the future of elk and elk habitat by improving forage, helping restore aspen stands and riparian areas, applying noxious weed treatments, capturing and relocating elk, and also provide funding for other conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects.

RMEF’s grants awarded in 2013 for California total $285,595 and positively affect 6,591 acres in 14 counties: Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Shasta, Siskiyou, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Placer, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Tuolumne. An additional project has statewide interest.

“These grants will help fund 10 different habitat enhancement projects that will provide a better supply of forage and water for elk,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “They also offer funding for 14 different projects promoting our hunting tradition and heritage such as youth camps, hunting and fishing outings, and shooting clubs and competitions.”

Since 1990, RMEF and its partners completed 488 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects with a combined value more than $38.7 million.

“We have more than 12,000 members in California. We thank them and our dedicated volunteers who generated the funding for these projects through banquet fundraising and membership drives. They are truly making a difference for elk and elk habitat in their own backyard,” added Allen.

Allen also thanked RMEF chapters and volunteers around the nation for their dedication to conservation all across elk country.

RMEF grants will help fund the following projects, listed by county:

Calaveras County—Provide funding for the Gold Country Shooters Trap Team in Sloughhouse so boys and girls in grades 4-12 who would not be able to participate can do so to learn about gun safety, skill development, sportsmanship, individual responsibility, self-discipline, positive academic progress and personnel commitment (also affects Amador County).

Contra Costa County—Provide funding for the De La Salle Trap Shooting Team to assist boys and girls in grades 9-12 as they learn gun safety, skill development, teamwork and other positive benefits.

Colusa County—Provide RMEF volunteer manpower to fill in erosion area with boulders and fiber material as a means to shore up riparian habitat in Upper Craig Canyon of the Cache Creek Natural Area.

Del Norte County—Thin, hand-pile, prune and burn encroaching conifers and brush on 38 acres of meadow habitat inside a 750-acre project area within the Smith River National Recreation Area to improve habitat for elk.

Mendocino County—Enhance 104 acres with prescribed burning followed by hand-pulling of invasive plants to improve forage on coastal prairie habitat at Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.

Merced County—Mow 10 acres, apply herbicides on 200 acres, burn 200 acres and plant 50 acres with native seed and grass plugs to restore areas invaded by invasive weeds within the 760-acre Tule elk enclosure on the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (NWR); and provide funding to help capture and relocate 30 Tule elk from the San Luis NWR to other locations in the state to bring this herd to population objective and genetically benefit the receiving elk herds.

Modoc County—Burn 1,000 acres of previously thinned units to revitalize shrubs, reduce encroaching young pine, cedar, fir and juniper as well as increase forage and encourage black oak production on year-round elk habitat within the Washington Mountain area on the Modoc National Forest approximately six miles north of Canby; and burn 599 acres on Bureau of Land Management land to remove juniper that invaded aspen stands, sagebrush and bitterbrush communities to improve early seral bunchgrass habitat near the Surprise Valley.

Monterey County—Treat 2,000 acres of noxious weeds to re-establish vegetation for Tule elk and other wildlife at Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation; provide sponsorship of the 11th annual Youth Trout Fishing Derby that drew 315 youth and their families to Fort Hunter Liggett by helping stock Del Venturi Reservoir with 2,100 pounds of fish, purchasing fishing poles for the first 200 children and offering a free barbeque lunch; and provide RMEF volunteer manpower to remove barbed wire fence from the military base to benefit a Tule elk herd numbering 500-600.

Placer County—Provide funding for the Granite Bay High School Trap Team which had its most successful season to date competing with other high schools and clubs throughout California; provide funding for the Roseville High School Trap Team which off-set the cost of competition fees for its 35-50 students; and provide funding to purchase equipment and ammunition for the Colfax High School Trap Team so students can experience personal growth, gun safety and responsibility, self-confidence and team participation skills.

San Luis Obispo County—Host annual Chimineas Ranch Junior Elk Hunt for first time youth elk hunter and family. RMEF volunteers guide the hunt, prepare meals and provide transportation.

Santa Barbara County—Provide funding for the Debra Takayama Memorial Junior Pheasant Hunt that offers education and instruction for youth about hunter safety, wildlife law enforcement, wildlife management, shooting skills and the techniques of pheasant hunting as well as a pheasant hunt itself in Santa Barbara.

Shasta County—Restore 1,200 acres of aspen and wet meadow habitat on private lands approximately 10 miles south of Burney to improve forage for deer, elk and other wildlife; provide funding for local RMEF chapter to host up to 40 kids at a hunter safety class in Fall River; and provide funding for the Anderson Union High School shooting range so the ammunition is at no cost to students.

Siskiyou County—Restore 14 meadow openings on 160 acres of the Klamath National Forest by chainsaw thinning of encroaching conifers to improve forage for Roosevelt elk, also making existing water source more accessible; reconstruct, enlarge and seal a three-acre pond to be used as a dependable wildlife water source on private land important to California’s Roosevelt elk herd; and mechanical treatment of young juniper to be chipped and sold for biomass to restore sagebrush steppe habitat on 500 acres of BLM land three miles southeast of Dorris as part of a 3,000 acre project covering 3-5 years.

Tuolumne County—Provide funding for the Mother Lode Gun Club Junior Trap Team in Jamestown so pre-high school members can afford to learn safe firearms skills and participate in competitions.; and provide funding to purchase ammunition for the Sonora High School Trap Club so members can learn gun safety, skill development, self-confidence and teamwork.

Statewide—Provide funding for the California Council of Land Trusts, which is influential with matters of legislation and moneys available for land conservation projects, both conservation easements and acquisitions. Conservation projects are selected for grants using science-based criteria and a committee of RMEF volunteers and staff along with representatives from partnering agencies and universities. RMEF volunteers and staff select hunting heritage projects to be funded. Partners for 2013 projects in California include the Klamath, Modoc and Six Rivers National Forests, as well as the Bureau of Land Management, San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, private landowners, and other agencies, businesses, organizations and foundations.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
RMEF is a leading conservation organization that protected or enhanced habitat on more than 6.4 million acres—an area larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Great Smoky Mountains national parks combined. RMEF also is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. RMEF members, partners and volunteers, working together as Team Elk, are making a difference all across elk country. Join us at or 800-CALL ELK.

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Kevin Harvick: NASCAR’s Bakersfield Speedster

Kevin Harvick with his new Jimmy John's Chevrolet he'll drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014

Kevin Harvick with his new Jimmy John’s Chevrolet he’ll drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014




By Chris Cocoles

Kevin Harvick is not the only Bakersfield native to make it big in a race car. Rick Mears won four Indianapolis 500’s in an iconic career in open wheel racing. Harvick went the stock car route, and the 38-year-old has become one of the elite drivers in the Sprint Cup series. Harvick moves over from Richard Childress Racing to Stewart-Haas Racing on the cusp of competing for his first Sprint Cup championship (he’s finished third in the final standings for three of the last four years). Harvick is a dedicated hunter who has partnered with outdoor organizations like Realtree and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation during his career. He is the subject of our February cover story and dished about his first hunting experience, his infant son and the late legend Dale Earnhardt, whom Harvick stepped in for after Earnhardt’s tragic death at the 2001 Daytona 500. Here’s our 2014 Q&A with Harvick:

CALIFORNIA SPORTSMAN Growing up in Bakersfield, were you always interested in being in the outdoors, or was that something that you became more interested in later on?
KEVIN HARVICK That was something that grew on me when I was older. In California, we would go out in the fields and hunt birds, squirrels and things like that when I was younger. But the more broad-based (types) of hunting animals came later in life.

CS Can you share one of your early hunting memories?
KH It probably came in California; we were out dove hunting and hanging out with my buddies. That always fun, just to hang out and shoot birds.

CS Obviously, being based in North Carolina and traveling to NASCAR tracks for 10 months a year, are you able to find a lot of time to hunt?
KH Not as much as I would like to. Obviously, being outdoors is something that I enjoy and have a lot of fun doing. But our schedule, and my son have definitely cut into my hunting time.

CS Where is your go-to hunting spot? Do you have a place you flock to when you have down time?
KH I don’t really have a go-to spot.(Pauses) Well, I’d say that’s not so true. I’d say my go-to spot is Realtree Farms.

CS Where is that?
KH It depends on which side of the state line you’re standing on (laughs). It’s mostly in Georgia.

CS Talk a little bit about the Kevin Harvick Foundation and what that means to you helping the community.
KH Oh, it’s so great to be able to do that and give back. We spend a lot of time in my hometown of Bakersfield and do a lot around our house in North Carolina in the Triad area (Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point). It’s fun to be able to give back and remember a lot of the people at home who progressed me in my career, Seeing them involved in the activities that we do in the community and allowing the opportunity to give back. We’re just trying to change the direction of kids’ lives; it’s fun for us and we’re glad to be a part of it.

CS You’ve also partnered up with a lot of hunting-related sponsors over the years like Realtree and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Does that mean a lot to you given your love for the outdoors?
KH I’m a lifetime member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Realtree was the first sponsor that I ever had at (Richard Childress Racing) when I ran an ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) race at Talladega. I’ve become good friends with (Realtree found) Bill Jordan. I’ve been a part of the Realtree family now for a long, long time. And Bill is the one person who really progressed my hunting career and exposed me to things I’ve never been exposed to before on that side of it. He really helped me to learn how to enjoy the outdoors.

CS You’re joining Stewart-Haas Racing this season. Who is the better outdoorsman between you and your new teammate/boss, Tony Stewart?
KH (Laughs) Probably (Stewart), because he’s the single man who gets to spend more time outdoors. So I’d have to give that title to him on that one.

CS Are there fellow drivers you spend a lot of time hunting with?
KH You know, not as much I as used to. Just for the fact that we’ve been in a transition year of switching teams, and my son has been so young (and takes away from my time). But we go on different hunts with Bill Jordan and the guys from Realtree and just a lot of different people and different hunts. Someone new usually shows up on the next hunt.

CS For a long time driving for Richard Childress Racing, you kind of carried on the late legend Dale Earnhardt’s memory and legacy for the team. Besides being one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, Dale was also an avid outdoorsman. Do you have any memories of joining him on outdoor adventures?
KH I never had the chance to go with him on any outdoor trips, but Dale did give me first gun I guess in about 1997. (fellow driver) Ron Hornaday and I decided that we wanted to learn how to shoot skeet. But we didn’t have a gun. So we walked into Dale’s office, and he looked over his glasses over the mess on his desk and said, “What do you two idiots want?” We told him what we wanted to do and he went through this line of grief that he wanted to give us. He then proceeded to walk down the stairs and handed us each a shotgun and sent us out with an instructor, as he would say it, “To keep us from shooting our feet off.”

CS You are obviously in a high-intensity sport with a grueling schedule and a lot of traveling for 10 months of the year. Does being outdoors in nature give you some solace from that hectic lifestyle?
KH Well, I just love to be outside, which is a 180 from what we normally do on a day-to-day basis with the pace of things that we do. So it’s nice to be outside and listen to the peace of the outdoors. Something like that is always good for your mind.

CS Do you already plan to introduce your son, Keelan, to the great outdoors?
KH He loves to be outside already, so that won’t be very hard to do.

CS You’ve been knocking at the door in terms of winning a Sprint Cup points championship with a trio of third-place finishes since 2010. Does that give you a lot of confidence going forward with this transition to Stewart-Haas Racing?
KH Well, I feel confident in my ability to be able to drive the car. I know that everyone around me feels confident in what they can do. And I think we all came here for the same reason, and that was to win races and compete for a championship. I think that’s what everybody’s goals are. There will be some hurdles that would happen on any team no matter how long it’s along. So if we’re learning how to navigate those hurdles, everything else will hopefully come together really well.

CS You’re a pretty big-time golfer, too. What part of your game are you most happy with, and where do you hope to get better?
KH On July 8, 2012 my golf game took a serious blow, as on that day my son came into the world. My game wasn’t very good to start with. Golf is a lot like hunting: I enjoy being outside and playing the game. But I don’t really have the time to focus on it. But I love it, and all aspects of golf need attention in my game. But probably the best part of my game, which still isn’t very good, is my driver.

CS Back to hunting, do you have a must do/must go on places/species you’d like to hunt someday?
KH I don’t really have a bucket list to say the least, just for the fact it’s really something I more casually do. It’s not a 100 percent passion I guess you’d say. It’s not something that I have do. I just enjoy being a part of hunting.

CS You’re known as an aggressive and proactive driver. Do you take that same approach on a hunt in terms of strategy in stalking?
KH I don’t take anything aggressively on a hunt, because it’s a rare time to relax. And I kind of treat it more of a time to take it easy more than anything. But you can’t rush anything when you’re hunting. You have to let it all come to you, so you to be patient, which is hard for me to do.


Wrapping Up The Waterfowl Season

Most of California’s zones wrapped up the waterfowl hunting season on Sunday. Here’s a final report and some pics from Northern California guide Scott Feist of Feisty Fish Guide Service.

I was sitting there this morning in my duck blind on this last day of the season and can’t help but to think how lucky I am! I want to personally thank everyone that came out to hunt and support me! We had to work hard this year, but it was worth every minute. I am picking up decoys this upcoming week then switching gears to chasing Delta Stripers! I am now booking striped bass fishing in the Delta for March and April and May in the rivers… Pick prime dates and tides now! To many more memories, your guide…

Captain Feisty

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Collins Lake Update

Our friends at Collins Lake provided this fishing update on this Sierra foothills lake near Yuba City.


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Any day now we will get a double trout plant of (larger than normal) sized trout from Fish & Game. The lake is still at it’s winter low so catching these fish will be a breeze!! You may have to walk a little farther but we’ll make sure it’s worth it and the weather is expected to be close to 70 degrees for a high all week long. This should coax a few campers out, especially from Nevada!

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The New Year brought some nice catches starting with Chase Knieriem of Granite Bay. Chase hooked the biggest trout that week, a 4-pound, 8-ounce rainbow right off the sand beach using peach Powerbait.

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Haley Rodriguez from Citrus Heights came in second with a 2-pound, 8-ounce. trout. Haley was in a boat trolling in front of the beach using worms.

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A 10-trout stringer went home with the Soucy boys and the Blaton boys! They fished the shallow water by the bridge and they fished with Powerbait.

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Richard, Cheyenne, & Melly fished in front of their campsite right below the store and caught four trout also using Powerbait.

By Kathy Hess