Lake Amador

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 ...

Department of Fish and Game to hold youth archery clinic

The Department of Fish and Game will hold an archery clinic for young shooters who want to learn a new skill and enjoy the great out-of-doors.The clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. ...

State fires will affect some hunting opportunities

With storm systems coming from the south, lightning strikes have produced fire after fire throughout the north state this summer. Tens of thousands of acres have been affected.Whil ...

Time is now to research campsites for Labor Day weekend

The three-day Labor Day weekend used to be the last hurrah of the summer.It used to be the school year opened on Tuesday following Labor Day weekend. Today, many schools are in ful ...

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 ...

Overall waterfowl population drops in California

There are waterfowl that find the conditions in California to their liking so they take up permanent residence. Others migrate to northern breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska.To ...

There's more than one way to tag an abalone

There are numerous special restrictions if you go after abalone.One main restriction is there must be a tag hanging off that shellfish. If a warden asks to see your catch and there ...

Alabama Rig is today's rage for catching fish but not legal in California

Some call it the “Alabama Rig.” Others call it an “Umbrella Harness.” Whatever you call it, it can be a devastating way to attract and catch fish.Being call ...

Boating, fishing, camping: Memorial Day weekend approaches

Memorial Day weekend is approaching, when families enjoy three days to get away, camp, fish and have fun.Campgrounds near and far, from the refreshing salt air coastal regions up t ...

Permit required for August hunt in wildlife area, Zone A

It’s maybe 130 miles south to the Upper and Lower Cottonwood Creek and the San Luis Reservoir wildlife area in western Merced County.That’s not so bad. I travel farther ...

Don’t wait; it’s time to apply for big-game hunting

If you hunted any of California’s big game last year, you should have received your copy of the “California Big Game Hunting” booklet for 2012 by now.The arrival ...

Spring turkey season opens March 31

Beginning Saturday, March 31, gobbler hunters again can prowl the backcountry in pursuit of traditional Thanksgiving table fare. The season continues through May 6.Shooting hours a ...

Fish and Game Commission rejects DFG proposal on striped bass changes

A blue-ribbon panel that hopes to make recommendations that could make the Department of Fish and Game and Fish and Game Commission more efficient recently stated that in theory, t ...

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 still growing

It’s mid cold season time, when cabin fever has set in and we’re tired of sitting around and dreaming of things to do in the great out-of-doors.Regular-season football ...