Saturday, June 6, 2020

Freshwater Fishing

Tackling ‘poor man’s tarpon:’ Shad fishing techniques

BY JD RICHEY When the cottonwoods in the Central Valley start dropping their snow-like seed pods in the spring, many North State anglers’ thoughts turn to shad. No, not the little baitfish we see in many local reservoirs — those are...

WON BASS: Science and angler success build confidence

BY GEORGE KRAMER Because confidence in a lure (enhanced by news reporting, personal experience, paid or otherwise testimonials) gives it an advantage over any other bait in your arsenal at the moment, you’d be crazy not to tie it on....

25.54-pound rainbow caught! (updated)

UPDATE, May 25, 10:20 a.m.: As soon as #WON posted this story's lead photo on Facebook, it was hit with a barrage of criticism, with some commenters claiming the area is illegal to fish and others resenting the "spot...

Mono County trout waters open for fishing

BRIDGEPORT – Less than 48 hours after the Mono County Board of Supervisors voted to ask the DFW to open county waters to fishing, anglers were given the green light to fish on May 23. While Inyo opening to...

DFW lifts fishing delay in Alpine County, Eastern Sierra still eyeing June 1

SACRAMENTO – Trout season opened on May 15 in Alpine County when DFW Director Charlton Bonham lifted the delay of the opener as requested by county officials. Like the Eastern Sierra, the season was supposed to kick off on...

Southern California freshwater round-up

Diamond Valley Lake re-opened with new COVID-19 prevention policies Many more lakes across Southern California becoming available for outdoor recreation, usually with restrictions BY BLAKE WARREN and MIKE STEVENS HEMET — On May 1, Diamond Valley Lake reopened for fishing, boating, hiking...

To ‘frog,’ or to use ‘frog techniques?’

BY ROB MAGARGAL As springtime moves on, summer gets rolling and the days become longer, the water temps start rising and the grasses start growing. This has a definite effect on the bass feeding habits. They like the ambush areas...

Trout seasons delayed in three counties, Eastern Sierra among affected

With support of local governments, the DFW officially delayed trout openers in Mono, Inyo and Alpine counties. Waters currently open to remain open with minor adjustment to regs. BISHOP – Trout openers in Mono, Inyo and Alpine slated for...

Beating slumps, dodging ruts

BY GEORGE KRAMER Getting out of a slump or dodging the more temporary ruts in bass fishing actually both start from a very positive place in your angling career. Because if you weren’t already pretty decent at catching them you...

RIGS: Bass pro Brandon Palaniuk’s drop-shot outfit

Never leave home without it Bassmaster Elite Series pro angler Brandon Palaniuk refuses to be caught on the water without a drop-shot rig. “It’s one setup that never leaves my boat,” he says. “That speaks volumes to its versatility.” Palaniuk can...

Suzuki Repower Report for June 5, 2020

This is WON’s Repower Report, brought to you by Suzuki Marine. This feature showcase one of many repower projects performed by Suzuki’s professional dealers and mechanics in Southern California. Each new report will feature product specifications on different Suzuki engines for all...

San Diego County sportboats play waiting game (updated)

Edit June 4, 4:00 p.m.: WON is seeing contradictory information on whether Gov. Newsom has granted the San Diego County Board of Supervisors the authority to decide what businesses can open and when, including sportfishing. The San Diego landings...

Pacific Islander Reverse 1.5-Day, June 22-23

Come join WON aboard the vessel Pacific Islander for an outer Channel Islands white seabass special 1.5-day! This trip is set for a prime time to target the grey ghosts just a week after the limit goes back to 3 fish. Captain...