Sunday, April 18, 2021

Freshwater Fishing

Sac River gives up tanker big-bait striper

PRINCETON – Late last month, a regular on the Sacramento River striped bass scene had a good feeling about a very specific spot on a stretch he knows well. That feeling was confirmed when a tanker lineside struck and...

Dixon Lake angler bags two double-digit bass in same outing

Swimbait devotee also tacked on a 7-plus for good measure ESCONDIDO – Two largemouth over 10 pounds in a week out of any lake would make headlines, but a a pair of trophy bass caught by the same angler in...

California Open Day 1: Windows, luck and missing gummies

BY JODY ONLY LAKEPORT, Calif. – The 2020 WON BASS California Open at Clear Lake kicked off Wednesday, July 22 with a cooler than expected daytime high of only 90 degrees. The event leaders, both from California, Steve Ericksen, of...

Winter Troutcast rescheduled, new date to be determined

Attention all registered Winter Troutcast anglers. Western Outdoor News regrets to inform you that the Dec. 12 & 13 Winter Troutcast at Lake Cuyamaca has been officially postponed. The recently implemented COVID restrictions have caused San Diego County to...

Lake Wohlford gives up double-digit bass

ESCONDIDO – Anglers are still taking advantage of the final catfish plant that went into Lake Wohlford on July 31, but bass fishing continues to trend in the right direction and that was exemplified by a 10-plus pounder that...

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...

Storm ushers in cooperative cutthroat at Pyramid Lake, Nevada

SUTCLIFFE, Nevada – Fishing for trophy Lahontan cutthroat trout at Nevada’s Pyramid Lake has been very good since the delayed start of the season. A nearly 8-month lake closure will do that. And last weekend, the catching ratcheted up...

Sierra trout hunting: Gettin’ real

BY ERNIE COWAN MAMMOTH LAKES — Call it the “new normal,” but clearly the folks catching fish in the Eastern Sierra have figured out that things have changed, and you can’t expect to fill stringers like you used to. For now,...

New catfish record for Dixon Lake, quality trout fill stringers

BY MIKE STEVENS ESCONDIDO – Another sizable delivery of quality rainbow trout were dumped into Dixon Lake and red-hot fishing fol lowed, but another species stole the spotlight in record- breaking fashion. Valley Center angler Cameron Gruwell was soaking cut mackerel...

TroutfesT 2019 champion returns midweek after tourney to have yet another great day on...

BIG BEAR LAKE – Talk about a good string of trout fishing days and reward for perserverance. After claiming the Adult Male title and the overall top weight of Big Bear Lake TroutfesT 2019, Andrew Mack came back for...

MOST RECENT

Cliff King weighs Big Stringer on final day to claim California Open title

BY JODY ONLY LAKEPORT – California anglers, pro Cliff King from Ione, fishing with AAA Hunter Jacobson of Orangevale, sacked up the Biggest Stringer of Day Three of the Cal Open at Clear Lake to add 25.23 pounds of bass...

Surf Fishing round up

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson SANTA BARBARA— The halibut were on the bite this week, according to Hook, Line and Sinker. Anglers reported good catches on most beaches. Two grunion runs and the gradual warming water has drawn the fish shallow....

SoCal outdoor enthusiasts gain outfitting option in Gear Coop

Fully dialed for serious salt anglers, but it doesn’t end there SANTA ANA – Known in the climbing world as a specialty retailer focused on the outdoors, Gear Coop has recently expanded to offer saltwater fishing equipment. With skilled and...