salmon

KIRBY’S KATCH

We had just started our second pass downstream when one rod started shaking and line started peeling off with a familiar zzz-zz-zz sound. “It’s a fish!” I shoute ...

KIRBY'S KATCH

As always happens this time of year, the fishing action is dominated by anglers chasing the fall run of chinook salmon. Since the inland season opened this month, there has been a ...

KIRBY’S KATCH

After getting cooked by the high heat while on local lakes, I just had to get up to Stampede Reservoir last week to see if the hot kokanee bite was still on. I can say unequivocall ...

KIRBY'S KATCH

The 2018 ocean salmon season is off to a great start, but many believe the outlook for inland waters is dismal. In an effort to increase salmon returning to the spawning grounds, s ...

Saving fish and our local environment

Many have asked what Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead (SARSAS) is currently doing.  So far, SARSAS has salmon up 22 of the 33-mile length of the Auburn Ravine, with al ...

Time is now to research campsites for Labor Day weekend

The three-day Labor Day weekend used to be the last hurrah of the summer.It used to be the school year opened on Tuesday following Labor Day weekend. Today, many schools are in ful ...

Overall waterfowl population drops in California

There are waterfowl that find the conditions in California to their liking so they take up permanent residence. Others migrate to northern breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska.To ...

Mark your calendar: Free fishing day is July 7

When you think of the Fourth of July holiday, you think of what? Fireworks? Camping? Water recreation? Barbecues?All of the above certainly apply. But many years ago, the state Leg ...

Alabama Rig is today's rage for catching fish but not legal in California

Some call it the “Alabama Rig.” Others call it an “Umbrella Harness.” Whatever you call it, it can be a devastating way to attract and catch fish.Being call ...

Boats: Blowing out gas fumes is a must; having a fire extinguisher is a must-have

The sky has cleared. We’ve had some breezy days, but those, too, have decreased.The honey-do list grows, the garden gets planted, the lawn mowed, and people are eager to get ...

Permit required for August hunt in wildlife area, Zone A

It’s maybe 130 miles south to the Upper and Lower Cottonwood Creek and the San Luis Reservoir wildlife area in western Merced County.That’s not so bad. I travel farther ...

Major rule change in harvesting abalone as season opens

Abalone season north of San Francisco Bay opened Sunday. Because of strong wind, however, few people were willing to brave really bouncy sea conditions and pry the prized shellfish ...

It’s time to put night crawlers out of business and use rubber worms

I’ve put off publishing any findings until I concluded numerous years of research. Now, the findings are in, and I recently presented a lecture to a fishing group with the co ...

SHARE program offers wild pig hunts at Bobcat Ranch in Yolo County

Bobcat Ranch is in Yolo County’s Vaca Mountain foothills west of Winters, just under an hour drive north on Interstate 5.The Department of Fish and Game has a little-known pr ...

Anglers are asked to help in survival of sturgeon

Sturgeon are big fish, a specie that dates to prehistoric times. It’s a fish that certainly won’t win any beauty contests. In fact, they’re quite ugly.It’s ...