george devilbiss

Winter weather pattern brings on the ice fishing

So far this winter, we’ve had it pretty easy. There have been a lot more blue skies than there has been adverse weather. Chilly? It has been that, but the lack of rainfall in t ...

Salmon river run small again this year

Despite hopes of a return to normal salmon quantities, counts at the Nimbus hatchery and all hatcheries that feed salmon to the Sacramento River, are dismally low. It is feared th ...

Showtime again for outdoor enthusiasts

The International Sportsmen’s Expo, held annually at Sacramento’s Cal Expo fairgrounds, comes at just the right time of year. It’s a time when just about every outdoors-orien ...

Storms arrive just in time for waterfowl hunters

The storm doors have finally opened and while the rains and snows that have hit so far hardly put a dent in what’s needed, at least it’s a start. Waterfowl Hunting There’s ...

More than one way to catch your turkey

After last week’s column announcing the opening of some bird seasons, including turkeys, along with some hints and tips about hunting methods, one reader was quick to inform me t ...

Hunting season set to open for three types of birds

Saturday is a big day for bird hunters as it is opening day for three bird seasons. Pheasant: Long cherished by hunters, the hunting season for these Chinese imports will find h ...

More power? Don't change the boat, change the propeller

Whether it’s a small aluminum model or something considerably larger, a boat is a big investment. Unless your boat is powered with a jet drive, you are relying on a propeller to ...

As weather improves, it's time to go fishing

Despite the occasional scattered thunderstorm, the weather, even in the high country, has continued to get better and better. The winds made it more difficult on anglers, but the ...

High country beckons

There’s nothing like a couple of weeks in the high country. At the beginning of our nearly two- week adventure, it was warm. Sometimes too warm. With temperatures in the valley b ...

Ocean fishery set to open

The rock cod fishery closed in early September, effectively closing off just about all blue water fishing, with the salmon fishery having already been closed. It’s been tough on ...

Big game hunting season arrives

Packets that provide statewide big game hunting details and applications will be in the mail soon to those who purchased a hunting license and any of the available big game tags la ...

It's abalone season on the coast

Red abalone is one of the state’s most prized shellfish, and it was pursued by about 34,000 people last year. Abalone may only be taken off the coast from San Francisco north to ...

Fishing is in the air

Spring has definitely arrived. Skies are mostly clear, snows are melting in the high country and the air is warming. Fish are coming out of their wintertime lethargy and more than ...

Storms may disrupt, but better times are coming

Grasses are growing with the hum of lawn mowers going everywhere, trees are in bloom, and gardens wait the new plantings. But this last weekend with some hefty winds and rains thr ...

Trout planted here and there, but not everywhere

A 2008 agreement that resolved a lawsuit between the Department of Fish and Game and certain environmental groups impacts the waters in which fish-planting can be done. The suit s ...