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Lake Jennings Bite Is Buzzing

Photo courtesy of Lake Jennings Facebook

Photo courtesy of Lake Jennings Facebook

The following fish report is courtesy of San Diego-area’s Lake Jennings:


The trout are still biting strong here at Lake Jennings! The second week of trout season proved to be a success as fish were caught from boats and off the shoreline.

During the week, campers caught a few trout a piece off Sentry Point shoreline, averaging between 3 and 4 pounds each!


Bass are hungry and staying close to where the trout are. Look in Sentry Cove!


Anglers caught catfish on Friday from Eagle Cove. The fish are vying for anything as they are hungry!





Cyber Monday’s Bass Fishing Special

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I have to admit that while I mostly avoided any Black Friday chaos – I did see a movie at the mall but got out otherwise unscathed – I’m sure I’ll find myself surfing the web tonight just in case there’s an epic Cyber Monday deal to be had.

Well, here’s one holiday gift idea for the bass angler in your life, courtesy of the Ojai Angler:



Special Ends Friday Dec. 4 Limited offer: seven half days and five full days.

* Half day fishing trip special, $275 for two people on the Bass Boat (Reg. $325

* Full day fishing trip special, $350 two people on the Bass Boat (Reg. $425

* 20 percent OFF PONTOON BOAT four or more Anglers!

This Gift Certificate is valid any time at Lake Casitas for the year 2016!


You can use them for yourself or for anyone on your Holiday list who loves the sport of fishing, OR for that someone that would enjoy learning and experiencing something new!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, Amy and Guide Marc Mitrany

Talk or Text hotline 805-701-2835  – ojaiangler.com

A Thanksgiving Greeting And A Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Make you sure eat well and don’t worry about your pilates, zumba orspinning routine being messed up going for an extra plate today! Promise?

To get your appetite in the mood, here’s a yummy holiday recipe from one of our newest writers, The Wild Chef’s Jeremiah Doughty:

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I was helping out with a youth pheasant hunt this past season and was paired with a father and two sons. Both sons had just finished their hunter safety course, so this was their first hunt. As we hunted, both boys filled their game bags and became excited to eat their pheasant.

The dad killed their excitement with a simple phrase.

“We don’t eat pheasant; it’s gross,” he said.

Both boys hung their heads as we walked back to the car. Being a wild game chef I asked the boys what their favorite chicken dish was; they both replied it was orange chicken.

I told their dad that I would create a simple orange chicken recipe that he could recreate with the boys’ birds. I went home and worked for three days until I came up with this dish, a recipe that changed Dad’s mind.


2 pounds pheasant (can also use turkey, chicken or chukar)

1 cup flour

¼ cup corn starch

1 egg

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon ginger powder

1 teaspoon cracked pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ cup cooking oil (I love avocado oil; it has the

highest flash point and doesn’t burn or smoke until

500 degrees)


Chop pheasant into 1-inch cubes – nice bite-sized pieces.

In a plastic bag, mix all dry ingredients, close bag and shake to mix.

Add egg to medium bowl and beat until yolk is mixed with whites. Add pheasant and coat with egg wash. Add pheasant to bag in batches and shake to fully coat; remove and set aside until all pheasant pieces have been coated. Let rest for five to 10 minutes.

While chicken is resting, add oil to wok or skillet and heat on medium.

Once the oil is hot add the pheasant in batches, cooking fully and crispy, about four to six minutes per batch.

Once all the pheasant has cooked, set aside and start on your orange glaze.


1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

¼ cup water

½ teaspoon sesame oil

1½ tablespoons soy sauce

5 tablespoons sugar

5 tablespoons white vinegar

¼ cup fresh orange juice

1 tablespoon orange zest


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In a small bowl, mix together the orange juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, white vinegar and zest until sugar is dissolved. Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch and mix smooth, then set aside. Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok or skillet.

Next, add ginger and garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Stir in crushed red pepper and rice wine; stir for 15 seconds to mix. Add orange juice mixture to wok or skillet and bring to a boil, stirring often so as to not burn sauce.

Once sauce comes to a boil, add cooked pheasant and stir until evenly coated. Remove from heat and place on a bed of brown rice and then garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. CS

Editor’s note: For more on the Wild Chef, Jeremiah Doughty, check out his website (fromfieldtoplate.com), like him on Facebook (facebook.com/Fromfieldtoplate), follow him on Instagram (fromfieldtoplate) and Twitter (fromfield2plate).

Park Ranger, 94, To Light National Christmas Tree

Betty Reid Soskin, 94 and the nation's oldest National Park Ranger, will light the national Christmas tree in Washington. (Jim Heaphy/Wikimedia)

Betty Reid Soskin, 94 and the nation’s oldest National Park Ranger, will light the national Christmas tree in Washington. (Jim Heaphy/Wikimedia)


A great honor for a great lady: NBC Bay Area reports the nation’s oldest National Parker Ranger, 94-years-young Betty Reid Soskin, will do the honor of lighting the national Christmas tree and introduce President Obama at the ceremony on Dec. 3 in Washington. Reid Soskin is a Bay Area girl and works as a ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond.

Here’s from NBC Bay Area’s Lisa Fernandez:

“I was stunned,” said Betty Reid Soskin, 94, who before the request was having a pretty off day last week while working as an interpretive park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond, California. During World War II, Soskin worked as a clerk for the all-black Boilermakers A-36.

Soskin said that not only was she invited to attend the Dec. 3 tree lighting, but she was asked to introduce the president of the United States. The National Park Service has not formally announced the full guest list yet. The event will be streamed online.

Folks in her hometown are thrilled. But not surprised.

They’re now used to the woman who grabbed headlines in 2013 when she told Congress to get its act together and end the government shutdown. She said at her age, she was running out of time and didn’t want to waste any more of it sitting at home.

“Everyone loves her. Betty is the iconic face of the park,” Richmond Mayor Tom Butt said of Soskin on Wednesday morning. “And the publicity is good for our national park and our city.”

Congrats to Betty and keep up the good work presenting America’s history to visitors.


Sacramento Valley Waterfowl Update

Photo courtesy of Feisty Fish Guide Service

Photo courtesy of Feisty Fish Guide Service

Here’s a quick update from Scott Feist of Feisty Fish Guide Service:

Duck season is really heating up… We have been shooting ducks and geese all week. A good number of birds are here, with many more to come! I have some quality days open around the holidays and into January… I have multiple quality rice blinds this year, including one 900-acre piece that I have the only blind on!!! Come share a day in the blind with Rambo and myself; we would love to share it with you!!!


(530) 923-2634



Preventing Mange In Kit Foxes

 Photo by CSU Stanislaus Endangered Species Recovery Program

Photo by CSU Stanislaus Endangered Species Recovery Program


My college alma mater, Fresno State, is in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, The school’s mascot, Bulldogs, unfortunately became the center of controversy years ago when the city’s most noted gang adopted the bulldog and now sports Fresno State apparel as the school, leaving the school and athletic department helpless to stop the negative press from the connection between institution of higher learning and its beloved sports teams and a culture of violence and criminal activity.

Though it was never a likely decision and admission that the gang had won, there was some talk that changing  mascots was a prudent decision. I thought if it ever came to that, the school should pick a name that reflects the area around Fresno. What about the San Joaquin Kit Fox? OK, this tiny little Canidae isn’t imposing, if colleges can away with having  nicknames like Ducks, Beavers, Buckeyes, Cornhuskers, Salukis and Deamon Deacons, Fighting Kit Foxes doesn’t sound so bad, right?

OK, enough about college mascots and back to the point of all this: the San Joaquin Kit Fox is an endangered species, with an estimated Central California population of about 3,000. But as United State Fish and Wildlife biologist Dana Herman reports, the fight to preserve the kit fox from Fresno to Bakersfield includes helping stop mange from sickening or killing these Valley native critters.

If untreated mange can be fatal for animals like kit foxes. Mange can Photo by CSU Stanislaus Endangered Species Recovery Program

If untreated mange can be fatal for animals like kit foxes.
Mange can Photo by CSU Stanislaus Endangered Species Recovery Program


Here’s some of Herman’s report:

If you’re a pet owner, you’ve probably seen the word mange written on your pet’s monthly prevention medication or posted on the wall at your veterinarian’s office. Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious and potentially fatal skin disease caused by parasitic mites. In foxes and other closely related species like coyotes and wolves, sarcoptic mange is caused by a canine-specific variety of mite that is not able to survive and reproduce on humans. Domestic dogs are easily protected from the disease, as long as they are receiving monthly tick and flea prevention medication.

After colonizing a mammalian host, these microscopic mites will burrow into the skin, depositing eggs, exoskeletons and fecal waste along the way; this leads to intense itching and hair loss, leaving the host more vulnerable to parasites and skin disease. If left untreated, sarcoptic mange can eventually result in death due to factors like secondary infection, hypothermia, dehydration and starvation. While mange has been widely documented in red fox populations across the globe, with the first recorded outbreak dating back to 1689, it has only just been documented in the San Joaquin kit fox within the last three years.

In 2013, the first cases of mange were reported in an urban population of kit fox inhabiting the City of Bakersfield. Since then, there have been over 90 known cases of mange in this population, with the number of infected individuals increasing each year. This outbreak is particularly troubling because Bakersfield hosts the last remaining stable population of San Joaquin kit fox.

Historically abundant throughout the San Joaquin Valley, kit fox now exist in small, fragmented populations. The overall population size of the San Joaquin kit fox is estimated to be as low as 3,000 individuals. While populations occurring in natural areas are subject to fluctuations in abundance due to availability of prey and water, urban kit foxes persist in an environment with a constant source of human-related food and water resources and fewer natural predators. Over the years, kit foxes in Bakersfield have maintained a population size of several hundred individuals and consistently high reproductive rates, but that stability may now be at risk.

So to steal a much-used college chant: Let’s Go Kit Foxes! Those of us with connections in the San Joaquin Valley hope you’re thriving for generations to come.


Feather River Still Churning Out Salmon



From Manuel Saldana of MSJ Guide Service in Marysville:

Little Robert from Bakersfield  hooked his salmon right out the gate on a glow bill Brad’s Killer lure. We hooked three other salmon, which were just as clean as little Robert’s salmon, but they popped off approximately 4 feet  from the boat.


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Saturday was a play day for me we hooked three salmon in an hour and a half; one didn’t stick.
Looks like some new fish have shown up.
MSJ Guide Service:
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Collins Lake Trout Bite Hot

Sandy Settles and Ken Smith celebrate their Collins Lake catches.

Sandy Settles and Ken Smith (bwlow) celebrate their Collins Lake catches.

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An update fromKathy Hess at  Collins Lake :

How fast things can change in only two weeks!!  Trout ‘catching’ is definitely speeding up to an all time high this week.  The T.O.C. was Derby last weekend and the list of contestant’s catches was very lengthy!  Carl McCune took the prize for the overall Biggest Trout catch, a whopping (7.52 pounds).  In the kid’s division Devin Osterberg won the Biggest Trout (4 pounds, 3 ounces).


Cory, Paul and Vasile with a stringer full of trout.

Cory, Paul and Vasile with a stringer full of trout.


Cory, Paul, and Vasile ALL LIMITED out on trout and they fished from the shoreline near the ramp at the dam using with PowerBait or lures, their big fella was 6 pounds 2 ounces.  Tony Troncale of Lodi also hooked a 6-pound Rainbow and a 4-pound. trout by the dam on PowerBait.


Sandy Settles from Rio Linda “limited out” on rainbows last Thursday by trolling worms in the channel.  Ryan Barella from Windsor, Ca. trolled near the dam and hooked two nice trout, his biggest one weighed in at 3 pounds, 8 ounces.  Little Chevy Luna had a full trout limit and his biggest was 3 pounds. 12 ounces. and he was fishing with worms.

Jim Chausee's trout.

Jim Chausee’s trout.

Manny Castro.

Manny Castro.



Members from the Slow Trollers Fishing Club from Y. City have caught some great fish these past couple of weeks.  Jim Chausee topped his stringer with a 4-pound, 1-ounce. trout, Manny Castro with a 4-pound, 6-ounce. trout, and Tom Pickett hooked a 3-pound, 11-ouncer and all were caught on a Rapala-type lure.

Former Vietnam Vet Ken Smith joined us on Veteran’s Day and caught a glorious 4-pound. rainbow and it was 22 inches long, he used PowerBait from shore below the store.

Robert Hansen with a nice bass.

Robert Hansen with a nice bass.

Rick Hansen and his son Robert worked tirelessly on their new boat project for three months which they brought up to Collins Lake to test.  That boat was very good to them, besides keeping them afloat it also helped them catch a half-dozen bass, Robert is holding up the biggest which came in at 4 pounds, 10 ounces!!!

Chris Hazen and Ron Andrews finally caught some of these fall trout, fishing near the dam where they always do using PowerBait.  T.J. of Santa Rosa brought up a trout which he hooked on rainbow sherbert Power Bait near the dock.  Don and Deann caught four trout near the dam yesterday using green PowerBait.

www.collinslake.com or 1-800-286-0576



Fighting For Wild Salmon

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A message from the Golden Gate Salmon Association:

San Francisco  —  The Golden Gate Salmon Association is disappointed in the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically altered salmon as being fit for human consumption.

Genetically engineered salmon pose a serious potential threat to wild salmon stocks that our members rely on to make a living or fish for food and sport. In addition, GE salmon also pose a threat to salmon protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.

Although the creator of the GE salmon, Aquabounty, claims the fish will be sterile and kept in closed tanks, other reports have suggested that as many as five percent will be fertile and able to reproduce or possibly hybridize wild fish if they escaped into the wild.

“No one knows if genetically engineered fish would spell the end for wild stocks if they escaped and hybridize but it’s not something any of us wants to find out,” said GGSA executive director John McManus.  “History clearly shows that to date, farmed salmon have escaped every form of capture where they’ve been confined.”

Farming of salmon in general requires large amounts of wild forage fish for food, produces large volumes of waste that pollute waters near the salmon farms, and produces large volumes of parasites and pollution from drugs given farmed fish to combat parasites and other fish disease.

The Golden Gate Salmon Association (goldengatesalmon.org) is a coalition that includes commercial and recreational salmon fisherman, businesses, restaurants, an Indian tribe, environmentalists, elected officials, families and communities that rely on salmon. GGSA’s mission is to protect and restore California’s largestsalmon producing habitat comprised of the Central Valley river’s that feed the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the communities that rely on salmon as a long-term, sustainable, commercial, recreational and cultural resource.



Feather River King Salmon Action

Photo courtesy of MSJ Guide Service

Photo courtesy of MSJ Guide Service

A report from Manuel Saldana Jr. of MSJ Guide Service in Yuba City/Marysville.


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Last Saturday I had Robert Feng from Taiwan chasing down some king salmon in the Feather river. Lucky for him some new fish moved upriver. Robert hooked three and landed one. The other two came unbuttoned next to the boat after the tug-a-war match! He said he had a blast and he’ll be back. We also missed three other opportunities out there.


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