July
28th 2011
CLEAR LAKE CATFISH

Posted under Rich Reeser's Outdoor Column

 Rich…the cat/bass fisherman!

 

 

While pre-fishing for a bass tournament at Clearlake, Ca. this past Friday I happened to notice a lot of people cat fishing on the lake. Oh you always see a few people out bait fishing for catfish while most others are fishing for bass; that is except when the crappie are biting.

When we got back Friday evening and were sharing information with friends of ours that were also going to be fishing the tourney, someone mentioned catching a catfish. As it turned out many of us caught a catfish or two while pre-fishing.

A couple of months ago during a tourney at Clearlake I caught one that had to close to 15 pounds. Guess what, during our tournament on Saturday I caught one about eight pounds. A couple of hours later I hooked another and this one was 12 plus pound channel cat. And before I tossed it back I had my partner snap a picture of it. Pretty nice catfish. Well all these cats that we have caught have been on artificial baits. I saw and talked to a few people that were cat fishing with cut bait like mackerel, clams and chicken livers were just knocking the catfish dead, with many going over the 20 pound mark.

If you like to catfish you need to head up to Clearlake right now because the bite is going strong. Keep in mind though the algee bloom on the lake is at its peek and it can be quite smelly to say the least.

California Outdoors Q&As

Sturgeon possession limits

 

Question: I enjoy sturgeon fishing and regularly go down to the Bay for a two-day fishing trip this time of year. How many can I have in possession? Let’s say I go to San Pablo on a Friday, catch a legal-size sturgeon, tag it and then take it back to my truck to put in an ice chest. Can I then fish on Saturday and catch and tag another sturgeon? If so, upon returning to my truck I would then have two sturgeon in my possession. I believe there is a yearly limit of three, but what is the possession limit up to those three sturgeon? (Mike G., Rio Oso)

 

Answer: No more than one daily bag limit (one sturgeon) may be taken or possessed at any time, even if the animal is frozen or otherwise preserved (CCR Title 14, section 1.17).

 

 Catching crawdads just for fun

 

Question: Do I have to have a license to take a piece of string and some liver and fish for crawdads for fun? I don’t want to keep them. I don’t want to eat them. I don’t want to use them for bait. I just want to catch them. (Jim M.)

 

Answer: Yes, a fishing license is required even if you don’t keep them. It’s the same premise as “catch and release” fishing for trout.

 

The 2011 fishing regulations for salmon fishing on the American,
Feather, Sacramento, Klamath and Trinity rivers are effective Saturday,
July 16. The Fish and Game Commission adopts yearly regulations to help
ensure the success of the fish and give the state’s fishing public an
opportunity to enjoy this valuable resource.

The following is a summary of seasons, daily bag and possession limits
on salmon.

American River
●    Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon for all
open areas.
●    From Nimbus Dam to Hazel Ave. bridge piers, open July 16 through
Dec. 31.
●    From Hazel Ave. bridge piers to United States Geological Survey
(USGS) gauging station cable 300 yards downstream of Nimbus Hatchery
fish rack, open July 16 through Sept. 14, only barbless hooks may be
used.
●    From USGS gauging station cable 300 yards downstream of Nimbus
Hatchery fish rack to Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) power
line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park, open July
16 through Oct. 31, only barbless hooks may be used.
●    From SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil
Hoffman Park to Jibboom Street bridge, open July 16 through Dec. 31.
●    From Jibboom Street bridge to mouth, open July 16 through Dec.
11.
●    All other dates are closed to salmon fishing.

Feather River 
●    Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon for all
open areas.
●    From 1,000 feet below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet to the
mouth, open July 16 through Dec. 11.
●    All other areas and dates are closed to salmon fishing.

Sacramento River
●    Daily bag and possession limit of two Chinook salmon for all
open areas.
●    From Deschutes Road bridge to 500 feet upstream of the Red Bluff
Diversion Dam, open Aug. 1 through Dec. 18.
●    From 150 feet below the Lower Red Bluff (Sycamore) Boat Ramp to
Highway 113 bridge near Knights Landing, open July 16 through Dec. 18.
●    From the Highway 113 bridge near Knights Landing to Carquinez
Bridge (includes Suisun Bay, Grizzly Bay and all tributary sloughs),
open July 16 through Dec. 11.
●    All other areas and dates are closed to salmon fishing.

Klamath River
●    Open to salmon fishing Jan. 1 through Aug. 14. Daily bag and
possession limit of two Chinook salmon. The take of salmon is prohibited
on the Klamath River from Iron Gate Dam downstream to Weitchpec.
Open to salmon fishing from Aug. 15 through Dec. 31. Daily bag limit of
three Chinook salmon of which no more than two may be over 22 inches.
Possession limit of nine Chinook salmon of which no more than six may be
over 22 inches. The 2011 quota is 5,293 fall-run Chinook salmon over 22
inches total length.
●    A department weekly status report is available at
1-800-564-6479. See 2011-2012 Supplement for fall-run Chinook area
sub-quotas and area boundaries.

Trinity River
●    Open to salmon fishing Jan. 1 through Aug 31. Daily bag and
possession limit of two Chinook salmon. The take of salmon is prohibited
from the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River downstream to the
confluence with the Klamath River from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31.
Open to salmon fishing from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. Daily bag limit of
three Chinook salmon of which no more than two may be over 22 inches.
Possession limit is nine Chinook salmon of which no more than six may be
over 22 inches. 2011 quota is 2,607 fall-run Chinook salmon over 22
inches total length.
●    A department weekly status report is available at
1-800-564-6479. See 2011-2012 Supplement for fall-run Chinook area
sub-quotas and area boundaries.

Mokelumne River, San Joaquin River and their Delta sloughs are closed
to salmon fishing. 

Anglers must have report cards in their possession when fishing for
salmon in the Trinity and Klamath rivers. All other regulations for bag
and possession limits for trout, salmon and other species, as well as
general information about restrictions on fishing methods and gear on
the above rivers, are available on the DFG website at
www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations.

 

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