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State fires will affect some hunting opportunities

With storm systems coming from the south, lightning strikes have produced fire after fire throughout the north state this summer. Tens of thousands of acres have been affected.Whil ...

Rattlesnake population is up, and so are bites

There’s a major problem lurking in the foothills and high country this year: Rattlesnakes.Last count I heard, there were nearly 150 reported rattlesnake bites in California.Y ...

Local waters open to salmon fishing July 16

No, you can’t fish local rivers year-round for salmon. As it is in ocean waters, there are season dates for salmon in rivers.On Monday, July 16, most local rivers open to all ...

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 ...

Great fishing at Almanor: state's second-largest manmade lake

Lake Almanor sits at 4,500-feet elevation, at the foot of Mount Lassen. At its widest point, Lake Almanor is 13 miles wide and six miles long.While it’s the second-largest ma ...

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 ...

The perfect stocking stuffer: a 2012 fishing license

It doesn’t matter when you purchased the 2011 fishing license. It expires at midnight Dec. 31.That means if you have any hope of fishing Jan. 1, you’ll be required to h ...

On the ‘California Dawn’ at dawn

Berkeley is about a 90-minute drive. When the alarm sounded at 2:30 a.m., the groans were obvious. But when you want to fish for halibut and striped bass, you have to get to bay wa ...

Check stations will change for 2011-12 waterfowl hunt

It’s hard to think about donning long johns, thick camo and raingear this time of year, when the temperature is back and forth around 100 degrees. And yes, it’s still some mont ...