Outdoors

Collins combo trip

One of my fishing buddies goes by the handle “Green Crestliner” on some of the local fishing boards. His home lake is Collins Lake and he knows it well. Over the years ...

Winter bassin’

After a couple of weeks of rain, it’s nice to get out on the lake again. My daughter Sabrina and I took advantage of the break in the rain last Sunday and hit Camp Far West f ...

Cold, wet and windy

Cold, wet and windy sounds like an old country song, doesn’t it? Well, that pretty much describes the fishing conditions right now. The good news is that we should have a ri ...

Out with the old, in with the new

I’ve mentioned that I keep a loose journal of my fishing trips during the year, (basically I just write them into my day planner.)  I note where I went and who I fished ...

Fishing is slow, so now what?

If there’s any good news about fishing right now it’s that one will find very little pressure out there and can have the lake all to oneself in some cases. The combina ...

Pass it along

My father was raised in an era when hunting and fishing were essential skills used to provide food for the family. Born in East Texas in 1923, he was a World War II veteran, hav ...

Rules for hitchhikers

Most everyday activities that involve interactions with fellow humans require a certain level of etiquette. These days it seems a lot of common courtesy is ignored. It could be si ...

Change is good!

Wow, has this been a long hot summer or what? Temperatures are finally dropping along with some strange moisture falling from the sky ... I think we used to call it rain! The chan ...

Some gift ideas for the outdoorsy-types

Since the big-box stores could not even wait until Halloween to start pushing the Christmas stuff, I guess it’s not too early to throw out some ideas for the outdoors sports ...

Good times in tough conditions

I am blessed to have two daughters who like to fish. Both are willing to get up early to go fishing, something unheard of for most teenagers.  While my oldest is off at colle ...

Pyramid Lake cutthroat trout

My wife thinks I am crazy for getting up in the middle of the night to go fishing. She may be right. When I got invited to join Marc Christophel on a day trip to Pyramid Lake I ju ...

Redemption

My oldest daughter, Raina, was back from college for the weekend and I convinced her to get up at an unnatural hour to try again for one of those elusive salmon that are sliding th ...

Angling etiquette

Salmon fishing has finally started to take off in the Sacramento metro area, and the local waterways are getting jammed with the usual flotilla of boats. Bank fishermen are packing ...

Fishing for that birthday salmon

California is a fisherman’s paradise, and for many anglers the fall run of the mighty Chinook salmon remains at the top of the list. Hooking and landing a big “Nook&rdq ...

Trolling basics ... for bass?

A few years ago, while trolling at Bullards Bar, my partner hooked one of the lake’s ubiquitous spotted bass. He made a comment that I had never heard before that trolling fo ...