outdoor column

Dove season is about to start; are you ready?

I have tracked the weather pattern for many, many years. While August is one of our hottest months, every year the local area experiences some form of a welcomed weather break, an ...

Two big events now just a month away

The first of September marks the start of the final summer holiday of the season, the Labor Day weekend. The Labor Day weekend is a popular time for camping, before all the gear is ...

Despite summer heat, fishing can be great

The summer heat has set in and on some fronts, fishing has settled into the doldrums. On many waterways, water recreationists seem to dominate. But if you pick and choose carefully ...

On the Dawn, at dawn

Berkeley is what, an hour and a half drive? When the alarm started going off at 3:15 a.m., the groans were obvious. But, when you want to fish for and hopefully catch halibut or st ...

2009 big game drawing is complete

Did you remember to file your application with the Department of Fish and Game for any of the “X” zone deer hunts or any of the special hunts including antelope, elk or big hor ...

Holiday week means busy roads, busy campsites

We’re now into the second major summer holiday of the year and while predictions that holiday traffic will be down a little, the roads are still expected to be choked to just abo ...

Weather is fine; time to go fishing

The weather even in the high country has remained a little unstable, but for the most part it has continued to get better and better. There is still the occasional scattered thunde ...

Caples Lake is fully back in operation again

It’s a favorite lake to many anglers. Caples Lake is a wonderfully serene lake in Alpine County, a lake where you can totally get away from it all. However, in order for the El ...

Bay fishing is yielding good number of halibut

Live bait, the prime bait for halibut, was supposed to be available the first of April. It didn’t happen. Week after week, no bait had been available, which meant anglers on part ...

High country beckons – and rewards

There’s nothing like a couple of weeks in the high country. The beginning of the nearly two weeks, it was warm, sometimes too warm. With temperatures in the valley breaking the c ...