Friday, June 5, 2020

Freshwater Fishing

Northern California freshwater round-up

BY BILL KARR North state rundown covers best fishing action around! SACRAMENTO — While a lot of waters are still closed, there’s a lot of great fishing going on in open areas, and a lot of variety to choose from. Anglers...

Rigs: Patrick Walters’ wacky and Neko rig setups

BASS Elite Series pro angler Patrick Walters is a believer in the wacky rig. “It’s one of those versatile techniques I use anywhere in the country,” he says. “I always have one tied on and on deck.” Walters says no...

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...

The great freshwater bass lure debate

BY BILL SCHAEFER Ask a group of largemouth bass fishermen what their favorite lure is, and they will debate and argue about it for hours. Ask the bass and you will get no answer. Half of the time the bass...

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...

Postponing the Eastern Sierra trout opener comes with advantages

MAMMOTH LAKES – The Eastern Sierra trout opener as we all know it didn't happen, and we don’t know (for sure) when our next chance to fish up there will be. What we do know, is we will be...

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...

CFGC votes to delegate fishing closure authority to CDFW Director Bonham

Decision spurred by request to delay Eastern Sierra Trout Opener SACRAMENTO – The California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) voted unanimously Wednesday, April 15 in favor of an emergency regulation that authorizes targeted recreational fishing closures and seasonal adjustments through May...

San Diego County sportboats play waiting game

Edit June 4, 4:00 p.m.: That was fast! It appears Gov Newsom has granted the San Diego County Board of Supervisors the authority to decide what businesses can open and when including sportfishing. Messages from the fleet now request...

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...

Bay Area boats that can fish are scoring big!

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Bay landings opened one at a time, with differing opinions between municipalities regarding whether it was okay for party and charter boats to operate. Those boats running trips came back with...