December
25th 2011
STRIPERS

Posted under Rich Reeser's Outdoor Column

 According to local reports the striper bites is starting to pick up. The water has begun to warm a little, but we still need rain to really send the bite through the roof. Mark Cobb, Hal Hanna and Larry Benefield put 9 fish in the boat this past weekend keeping 5 to eat that ran from 5 to 8 pounds according to Mark. The big fish for the weekend were caught by Clif Wentworth a nice 31pound striper that I hope to have a picture of by next edition and I also heard that club member Fred Danbacher landed a 32 pounder. Nice fish guys, get the pictures to me so we can all see. Due to a bad cold I stayed home this past weekend, but you can bet I will be on the water this weekend. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND MAY ALL YOUR HOOK SETS BE SOLID!

 

January 2012 Department of Fish and Game Calendar

DATE – EVENT
Weekends – Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks, every
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books
available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are
fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older.
Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. Directions and
more information at www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html.

Through April 27 – For salmon fishing on the American River, North
Fork, Middle Fork, South Fork and their tributaries above Folsom Lake
(Placer, El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties), only artificial lures
with barbless hooks may be used. Please see the regulations at
www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/FreshFish-Mar2011/.

1 – Last day of scaup hunting season in the Northeastern Zone. Please
see hunting regulations at
www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/waterfowlregs.aspx#502.

1 – First day of recreational California scorpionfish season for
boat-based anglers in the Southern Groundfish Management Area: Point
Conception (Santa Barbara County) to the California/Mexico border.
Please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral/index.asp for more
information or call the Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations
Hotline at (831) 649-2801.

2 – State offices will be closed for the New Year’s Day Holiday.

3 – Last day of sage grouse falconry-only season. Please see hunting
regulations at
www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/uplandgamebirdregs.aspx#300a3f.

5 – Flyway Nights Lecture Series: “A tale of two sources – legacy
mercury contamination from historical mining in the Coast Ranges and the
Sierra Nevada,” by Dr. Charles Alpers. 7 p.m. at the Yolo Bypass
Wildlife Area headquarters building near Davis. Refreshments will be
served. A $5 donation per person or $10 per family is suggested at the
door (excluding Yolo Basin Foundation members). For more information
please see www.yolobasin.org.

7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 – Weekend Wildlife Walks at Gray Lodge
Wildlife Area sanctuary, 3207 Rutherford Rd., Gridley (95948), at 10
a.m. every Saturday and 1 p.m. every Sunday through Feb. 5, 2012 (except
Christmas and New Year’s days). Spectacular views of snow geese and
other wintering wildlife, a fun way to learn about wetlands, wildlife
and the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Cost is included in the entrance fee
for wildlife viewers. Pre-paid passes are now available online at
www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing or from a DFG license sales office or
license agent. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain. Please contact the
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Naturalist Office, (530) 846-7505 or see
www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge for more information.

7-8, 14-15, 21-22 – Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge
Ecological Reserve near Lodi, the first three weekends of each month
through February. Tours begin approximately 90 minutes before sundown
and run to about 30 minutes after sunset. Pre-tour registration is
required online at www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/cranetour. Reservations can be
made up to six weeks in advance. Donations of $10 per adult are
suggested. The public is also welcome to visit the Woodbridge South
Unit, open daily for self-guided Delta bird-watching tours. For more
information please visit the website or call (209) 948-7708.

7, 14, 21, 28 – Docent-led Swan Tours in rice fields near Marysville,
Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Driving tours along a
short route with very little walking required. See tundra swans, ducks,
geese, cranes, shorebirds, white pelicans, herons, egrets and raptors.
Pre-registration on the DFG website is required,
www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/SwanTours. Tours are free, but registrants
are encouraged to make a donation online to the California Wildlife
Foundation to support this program. For more information please call
(916) 358-2852.

10 – Last day of pheasant archery only season. Please see hunting
regulations at
www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/uplandgamebirdregs.aspx#300a2a.

12 – San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 10 a.m. to noon
at the Port of Richmond Harbormaster’s Office, 1340 Marina Way South,
Richmond (94804). For more information please see
www.sfmx.org/support/hsc or call Jeff Cowan at the DFG Office of
Spill Prevention and Response, (916) 324-6450.

14 – Fishing in the City, 8:30 a.m. to noon in Hagan Park, Coloma. Free
fishing clinic at a pond stocked with trout. DFG rods, bait and tackle
available to use. Anglers 16 and older must have a valid California
sport fishing license. For more information, please call (916) 358-2872
or see www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity/sac.

14 – Public tour of Yolo Basin Wildlife Area near Davis. Tour the
16,000-acre wildlife area from 9 a.m. to noon with an experienced field
trip leader the second Saturday of each month from September through
June. View flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands
and young riparian forests. Depending on the season, look for migrating
and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors and wading birds.
Please visit www.yolobasin.org for more information.

15 – Last day of goose hunting season in the Northeastern Zone. Please
see hunting regulations at
www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/waterfowlregs.aspx#502.

16 – State offices will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

18 – Statewide Area Committee meeting (oil spill contingency planning),
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown, 1646
Front Street (92101). For more information please contact Jeff Sluzartz,
U.S. Coast Guard at (510) 437-2959.

19-22 – International Sportsmen’s Expo at Cal Expo, Sacramento. Visit
DFG displays where staff will answer questions, demonstrate online
license sales and sell the DFG Warden Stamp that supports game wardens
and helps fund the purchase of equipment ($5). Visit the game warden
display trailer with enclosed laser shot game. Adults $15. Additional
information at
www.sportsexpos.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewlocation&locationnumber=1.

19 – Humboldt Bay Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 9 to 11 a.m. in the
Woodley Island Marina conference room, Eureka (95501). For more
information please visit http://humboldtharborsafety.org, or contact Al
Storm at astorm@ospr.dfg.ca.gov or  (916) 324-6259.

20 – Last day of duck hunting season in the Northeastern Zone. Please
see hunting regulations at
www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/waterfowlregs.aspx#502.

25 – Port of San Diego Harbor Safety Committee meeting, 10 a.m. to noon
at the Port Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego
(92101). For more information, please contact Jack Prescott at
jprescot@ospr.dfg.ca.gov or (858) 637-5570.

28 – Fishing in the City, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for kids only in Florin
Creek Park, Sacramento. Free fishing clinic at a pond stocked with
trout. DFG rods, bait and tackle available to use. Open to anglers 16
and older (who must have a valid California sport fishing license) from
11 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call (916) 358-2872 or see
www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity/sac.

29 – Last day of duck and goose hunting season in the Southern San
Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Colorado River and Balance of State
zones. Please see hunting regulations at
www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/waterfowlregs.aspx#502.

29 – Last day of hunting seasons for: chukar (general season); quail
Zones Q1 (all quail), Q2, and Q3; rabbits and varying hare (general
seasons); snipe (general season); and tree squirrel (general season).
Please see hunting regulations at
www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/uplandgamebirdregs.aspx. 

30 – Opening day for rabbits and varying hare falconry only seasons.
Please see hunting regulations at
www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.aspx#308.

31 – National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy
Public meeting, 9 a.m. to noon in the Willow Rooms at Modoc Hall on the
Sacramento State University campus. For more information please see the
DFG Climate Change web page at
http://dfg.ca.gov/Climate_and_Energy/Climate_Change/.
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