Wednesday, January 20, 2021

COLUMNS

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Over the hump of uncertainty

With 2020 finally in the rear-view window, we’re looking ahead to try and get an idea of what challenges are in our immediate future, what bummers we can move past, and what we know for sure will or will...

Tangible data: 2020 continues to produce new outdoor enthusiasts

One recurring theme that has been touched on in WON editorials several times over the course of this year has been how one positive thing to come out of 2020 is the huge spike in interest in outdoor pursuits...

Lake management, stop publicizing stock days

WON - Editorial Whether it’s due to virus-plagued hatcheries, budget shortfalls, misallocated funds, COVID, leadership from city to state to federal levels deprioritizing fishing or even just just weak excuses, California is experiencing a trout shortage. Lakes opting for private providers...

The next great outdoor spike

The United States experienced a huge hunting and fishing boom following World War II when American servicemen returned from the European and Japanese theaters of operation. Much of that can be attributed to the simple matter of, you can’t...

Bronzebacks and baseball on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair

WON On-the-Spot DETROIT – I really like fishing and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Smallmouth bass were a modest entry on my species bucket list, and my in-laws live in Michigan. While I kind of figured the smallmouth-and-Michigan connection would eventually...

Knee Deep: Let go of the giant catfish story already

“They say he's five hundred pounds of bottom-dwelling fury, don't you know. No one knows how old he is, but if you ask me, and most people do, he's a hundred years if he's a day.” ―The Legend of General...

Catching California: It takes a mentor to hone your craft

BY CLARA RICABAL In all walks of life, it takes a mentor to provide guidance in order to develop your craft, and I have been fortunate to have found many mentors in my life. As a young nursing student, I...

Al: A remembrance of Al Kalin, lure maker, rancher, conservationist

BY MIKE JONES Over the years, I’ve written a lot of columns about legendary figures in the fishing industry, but none will be more personal than this one. With the passing of Al Kalin, I lost someone who was a...

Gun Talk: Be prepared

By Steve Comus The Boy Scouts, military and first responders forever have understood the value of being prepared. It is safe to assume, however, that most folks were not fully prepared for the pandemic currently playing havoc worldwide. With the social...

Crate Training

When you pick up your new puppy from the breeder, it’s doubtful he has experienced being confined in a crate. So, now it becomes your job to introduce him to the crate that will become his home for at...

MOST RECENT

Waterfowl hunting reports plus DFW duck counts for Jan. 13-17

SoCal Ducks are still largely missing in action BY JIM NIEMIEC RIVERSIDE – It has not been very ducky weather in this portion of the Pacific flyway the last couple weeks. Winds have not blown on shoot days and temps have...

Long range: Cow grounds show promise

Good sign of quality tuna on traditional winter grounds BY GUNDY GUNDERSON SAN DIEGO-- After a solid week of good fishing on quality tuna, the long range fleet was encouraged at the prospects for the coming, albeit, abbreviated, cow season. Both...

A great start to 2021 aboard the Victory

BY DYLAN DEPRES With a new fishing license and a new set of fishing goals I jumped on board with my friends at Victory Sportfishing. They'd had some nice fishing in the last week with limit-style sculpin daily and hit-or-miss...