August 4, 2019

Whisheytown Lake

Whiskeytown Lake is a wonderful lake for fishing and boating {no personal watercraft allowed} and just about anything outdoors, except hunting. Believe it or not you can actually hunt Whiskeytown Lake in certain areas. But here’s the deal, it's a federal park, and there is so much confusion over where you can hunt and where you can't hunt that I don’t want to provide you with any information on it. I was at the visitor center one time and I asked the lady running it where the hunting areas were, before she could answer a lady about 50 years old standing next to me piped up (very loud and boastfully) and said that she was a retired game warden and had worked the area for years and that there was absolutely no hunting on a federal park ever. The lady running the visitor center quickly corrected her in front of everyone and told her that hunting was allowed on the park but in certain areas, and provided a detailed map. The retired warden was surprised and set back on her h...

July 1, 2019

Grace Lake and Lake Nora

If you are in the Redding area and just looking for a good place to catch planted trout either by bait or on the fly, Grace Lake and Lake Nora are just east of Shingletown, from Hwy 299 in Shingletown take Wilson Hill Road (in the middle of town, look for totem pole) traveling south till you see the sign, maybe 2 miles.

Grace Lake is stocked almost weekly and during the summer there is always a significant amount of very catchable and hungry trout. Because this lake is heavily stocked I would not worry about catch and release fishing or anything like that. There are plenty of them here and most people fishing here are trying to catch a limit for dinner. 

This is also a great lake to take the kids and grandpa. They have easy access to the lake and they can easily cast to the fish, they only need to be about 10 to 15 feet out to catch trout. The dirt road to the lake is somewhat smooth and you can take a sedan to the parking area.

There is an old restroom on the eas...

July 1, 2019

Northern California is a fly fishing paradise. If you are just getting started or if you have been at it for years, maybe I can provide you with some new locations and tips to make your next adventure a little more satisfying. If you’re not from the area and you’re planning a trip to the Northern California area you may find my information helpful and avoid the pitfalls of driving from stream to stream and fly shop to fly shop trying to pick the right fly on the right stream, at the right time. Give me a chance to save you some gas money and avoid spending way too much money on the “hot fly” of the day that the local fly shops are  pushing and provide you with real tips not just sales talk. I want you to be successful and go home happy and not broke.

Fly Fishing in Northern California and General fishing information for Northern California

I would like to say that I am not a guide or biologist or a self declared “expert” when it comes to fishing. But I am good at gathering information fo...

May 17, 2019

Antelope Hunting in California

I have applied for a California Antelope Tag for most of my adult hunting life, well before California started with all the points stuff. But this year in 2018 to my surprise I drew a tag. I have always put in for Likely Tables Period 2. There are 45 tags available for Period 1 and again for Period 2. Unfortunately, everyone and their brother but in for these tags and I will tell you why. Likely Tables has a huge population of antelope, and I mean huge. In addition to the large population you have very accessible public land and the antelope are actually on the public land during antelope season. So if you draw the tag and if you hunt, you will see antelope and you will more than likely get a shot a decent buck. I have assisted two other hunters take antelope in this zone and know the zone very well. But again, I just couldn’t seem to draw the tag.

 (not the buck I shot, this a buck in the Mt Dome area. not in my zone, He likes pringgles potatoe chips)

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March 25, 2019

It’s now approaching spring and  I am sure you have picked up a few magazines either this year or in the past and read where they suggest you go. I can almost bet that it’s the same places they have been saying to go for the last ten years. You have gone to some of these places and you have found out that sure there may be a few turkeys there but there are more hunters than you care to deal with and now you’re looking for more information. Research is your friend and there is a lot of information to sort through.

Before you start trying to locate birds you need to know how to locate birds and turkeys are easy to locate just not so easy to hunt. Magazines and people on hunting shows will tell you to walk around and look for roosting trees and blow crow calls and listen for birds. Sure that’s fairly decent advice, walk around in the woods, scaring the turkeys into another valley and if that doesn’t work start blowing a crow call and hoping the turkeys forget that crows eat their eggs and...

March 14, 2019

Hunting prairie dogs, squirrel hunting, varmint shooting, long range shooting

March 5, 2019

Just some silly pictures found online 

 Have you ever been tricked by a noisy squirrel?

Gotta love a Gun Dog

 True statement, if you want to see more deer and small game, you have to control the predators.

February 21, 2019

There are thousands of guides and outfitters to choose from, but which ones are the best, which ones can you afford and which ones can you trust. By “trust” I mean trust not only with your money but with your life and your reputation as a hunter. Living in Northern California I have heard many stories of guides who were lacking in experience, flipping drift boats in the Sacramento River and losing their clients and their gear. I have also heard stories of hunters who showed up expecting to hunt animals in a legal environment only to learn after the fact that the guide had been baiting turkeys or pigs. I say “after the fact” because they were approached by a game warden after the hunt. This was a big story in the Redding area a few years ago but fortunately I do not believe this to be common.

Just so we are clear ahead of time. Guides make their living through their guide service. Some do it full time others do it seasonally. For either one, a bad online review could destroy their busine...

February 4, 2019

My father loved duck hunting and I guess I inherited his love of the game. My dad always knew where to go and what pond they would be on, but times have changed. Farmers are more than willing to let you hunt their duck blinds if you are willing to pay, and one seat in a duck blind  can run anywhere from about $1000.00 each, per season, on up. Matter of fact if you find a seat in a blind for that price be skeptical. It may be a dry field (no water unless it rains) or off the flight path or to near the road. There is nothing like having your own blind to hunt but the truth is it’s hard to afford one and you better have three good friends that all get along together because you usually have to buy all four seats in the blind and then have your three friends pay you for their seats and this can really lead to some issues. Before you buy into a blind, check out my section on waterfowl hunting in California as I will cover many public areas and turn you on to some unbelievable opportunities...

February 4, 2019

California Antelope

The biggest hurdle you will have hunting antelope in California is drawing a tag. Once you draw its deciding what you want to take, a trophy buck or any buck.

I can't think of a single California Antelope Tag that isn’t a trophy tag. There may not be a lot of tags for the zone you wish to hunt, but chances are good in any zone that if drawn for the tag, you stand a chance of killing a trophy antelope or at a minimum a personal best.

California has several good Pronghorn tags. Likely Tables 730 Period 1 and 732 Period 2 are very good tags and so are the Lassen Zone Tags 740 and 742. The Big Valley General Tag 750 is also a very good tag but there is limited public land in this zone that actually holds antelope. The area is large and, on a map, there is plenty of public land, and although it looks good on the kitchen table boots on the ground research is different and most of the public land in the zone is either land locked, full of pine trees (not antelope country) or...

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