Caples Lake

Hearing loss not restricted to the older generation

Many people think hearing loss is age-related, but various stages of hearing loss are being seen by those much younger for several reasons. I, for example, have considerable heari ...

You’re in the field, and your deer tags disappear; now what?

Regulations state that as soon as you drop a deer, you are to immediately fill out the tag and attach it to the horns. If you have an antlerless tag and you harvest a doe, the tag ...

Final regulations for 2013 salmon fishing are adopted

Ocean salmon fishing opened two weeks ago with the blessing and approval of the feds, a requirement if there’s going to be any fishing at all. The California Fish and Game Co ...

Now is the time to replace — and properly dispose of — your fishing line

For as long as there’s been fishing line, it has been discarded along the waterways. Before the invention of monofilament lines, anglers used cotton-type line. It didn&rsquo ...

Drifting is a means to hunt waterfowl, and it works

Most hunters know it’s illegal to use a motor to sneak up on a raft of ducks. However, using a boat can be a tremendous method for a successful waterfowl hunt. And, with all ...

There is more than one way to hunt fall turkeys for success

After last week’s column announcing the opening of some bird seasons, including turkeys, one reader a few years ago was quick to inform me there is an alternate method of hun ...

Fish and Game staff will prowl rivers checking salmon

There was all but a total collapse of salmon numbers a mere five years ago. Fishing for salmon in the ocean and river systems was closed.Salmon numbers have rebounded since then. S ...

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 ...

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 ...

Crawdads (mini lobsters) are fun to catch, great to eat

Some people call the little critters crawdads; others call them crayfish or mudbugs. In reality, it’s a little freshwater mini lobster.Some people use live crawdads for bait. ...

International Sportsmen’s Expo opens Thursday

It’s always a crowded event. The annual International Sportsmen’s Expo at Cal Expo couldn’t come at a more ideal time, when most outdoors-oriented people are wrac ...

Did you clean your boat at the end of last season?

Did you really get down and clean your boat before the winter storms dropped in on us? Many anglers don’t do that thorough cleaning, thinking there’s still one more trip in the ...

Major changes in striper fishing coming soon

Several anglers will remember the good old days, when a search of stripers would mean three on the “stringer” to take home.With what was deemed a declining population, however, ...

Ice fishing dangers are few, but worth noting

Last week, this column was dedicated to how to go about boring a hole through the frozen surface of a high Sierra lake and fishing for trout.Any potential danger to venturing onto ...

Ice fishing? It’s fun and so easy

A great many of the state’s lakes and reservoirs in the higher-elevation ranges of the Sierra freeze over in the winter.While most waters remain inaccessible until the snow melts ...