Archery clinic for kids to be held April 27 in Roseville

Fishing report: Sturgeon remain in Suisun Bay, trout at Lake Amador, stripers everywhere
By: George deVilbiss/Special to Gold Country News Service
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will co-sponsor an archery clinic for youngsters from ages of 8-17. The Youth Archery Spring Fling will be held Saturday, April 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maya Archery Range at 750 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville.

The other sponsoring groups are the State Archery Association and the California Bowman Hunters.

The clinic includes a safety orientation, fundamental instruction, an introduction to various types of equipment and plenty of target practice. Adult supervisors will watch over the youngsters as they shoot at bull’s-eye targets.

There will be a group for ages 8-12 and another for ages 13-17. All participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You can’t beat what you get for the $15 fee — use of all equipment along with snacks and lunch. The accompanying parent also will receive eats at no charge.

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Register online at


Senate Bill issues fishing, hunting licenses to recovering service members


Senate Bill 1287, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, authorizes Fish and Wildlife to issue sport fishing and hunting licenses to service members who are recovering from service-related injury or illness.

Members of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserve, who are recuperating or undergoing medical treatment or therapy and are in outpatient status are eligible. As you might guess, they just won’t take your word for it. You’ll need to submit an application along with a letter from a commanding officer or military doctor verifying eligibility.

These special-issue licenses are available only at state license sales offices. For the Sacramento area, that office is located at 1740 North Market Blvd. in Sacramento.


Rock crab is smaller, but season goes year-round


Crab season is still open. California Dungeness crab may pale in size compared to an Alaska King crab. There’s also the ever-popular and closer-to-shore rock crab.

While there are opening and closing dates for Dungeness crab season, rock crab is open year-round. Although much smaller, some anglers swear the rock crab actually has sweeter meat than the Dungeness.

The daily bag limit for Dungeness is 10 with a minimum size of 5¾ inches. The season closes June 30.

While rock crab is smaller, there are considerably more of them. The minimum size is four inches. However, you can take as many as 35 crabs per license holder per day.

That’s a lot of cooking and cracking.

A new law this year, for Dungeness and rock crab, concerns your trap — an actual pot or hoop rings. It must be checked for content at intervals not to exceed two hours, and to keep or release any content.

By the way, if a warden notices your floating buoys haven’t been checked, he has authorization to confiscate your crabbing gear, considering it abandoned.


Current fishing


Suisun Bay: Sturgeon time in bay water is winding down, but they’re there. Launch at the Martinez Marina just west of the Benicia Bridge, go east to the Mothball Fleet or west through the Carquinez Straits, and your graph will light up constantly. Sturgeon are taking all the usual baits — eel, any shrimp and salmon roe.

Lake Amador: Those fishing for trout are getting several limits, many in the five-pound class. Bait casters from shore, or cast-retrieving a white crappie jig, float tubers working woolly buggers and trollers are getting their share. If you’re using bait, suspend it under a bobber or a cast-a-bubble to keep if off the bottom. Competition is growing between the trout anglers and bass casters, and bassers are getting their share, mainly in areas where trout anglers don’t fish — up in the arms and off the drop-offs.

Sacramento River: Stripers are everywhere. From shore or by boat, numerous linesides are being hauled in from Clarksburg to the confluence of the Sacramento-Feather River and points up either river. Cut bait is providing plenty of action. One angler, filling the hook with everything available, hauled in a 50-inch sturgeon from a sandbar he stood on just above Discovery Park. With that, make sure you head out with enough gear to haul in something larger than a schoolie-sized bass. You never know when something larger will hammer your offering.

Lake Oroville: Bass fishing is outstanding. Catching 30-40 a day is the norm with some spots hitting four pounds. Most are found in the top 20 feet on secondary points and along steep walls leading into the coves. Just about anything tossed their way has been working: tubes, Senkos, reaction baits, worms. Crappie are beginning to stack up in the back of coves. Get minnows down into the grassy bottom areas or around brushy spots, and good slabsides can also be taken. Some parts of the lake are showing a considerable amount of debris, so keep your eyes peeled as you motor.

Collins Lake: Haul a crawler just under the surface and you can nail a limit of trout. Some are hitting to four pounds with an occasional six-pounder. No one spot is best; just be on the water. Shore casters also are getting their share by fishing on, near or around the docks to the campground area. As a bonus, many are tagged for a variety of prizes.

Lake Berryessa: Like just about everywhere, trout are on the surface and readily being taken. Troll a pins minnow or a Needlefish and a limit is pretty much assured. Go deeper, down to 40 feet, and chances are good of nailing salmon. The Skiers Cove shoreline area has been a great producer for trout while the dam area produces the best salmon action.

Lake Almanor: It’s time for king salmon and browns, and trollers are getting into both. An Uncle Larry’s spinner tipped with a brown grub has been the ticket for brown trout, a Pearl White Grub for king salmon. Get it down to 30 feet and you’ll get fish. Most of the action has been along the east shore region, from the dam north to Hamilton Branch.

Folsom Lake: It’s hardcore pre-spawn time for bass. Head into the South Fork. There are tons of spots and smallies falling for dartheads and lizards, a few on blades. Work all the coves, and the fish still want a slow presentation. Especially work the large rocks.

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