Opening day of fishing in California is Saturday, April 26 and while thousands of anglers will be looking for their own sweet spots along rivers, lakes, reservoirs and streams, there is little doubt that most favorite waterways have been affected by the ongoing drought.
Please join Bike Habitat and Muscle Powered for the 7th Annual Tour of Carson City bicycle ride! May is Bike Month in Carson City, and we’ll be kicking off the festivities with this fun ride on Sunday, May 4th. Signups are at 9:00 AM, ride begins at 9:30 AM. The ride will begin and end at the Bike Habitat, and tour around the perimeter of Carson City for a moderately paced 27-30 mile bike ride.
Hello fellow anglers. There is less than four days to go before the California fishing season officially opens. When the sun comes up on April 26, 2014 there will be a lot of casting going on.
I urge every angler who has purchased a sport fishing license to also pick up a copy of the fishing regulations. The game wardens will be out checking to make sure that we all follow the regulations.
Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra. This Saturday, April 26, 2014 is the opening day for fishing in most California waters. Remember to keep your fishing license in view, the thermos filled with coffee and tight lines all the way.
Remember this little bear cub brought to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care a few days ago? She's since been named "Tahoe" and continues to do well, seeming pretty contented in her surroundings, according to those taking care of her.
Just how relaxed and at ease you ask? In this short video below she's making a purring, chortling noise that is basically her way of saying she's at peace.
New combination tags are available only to resident hunters. These combination hunts include an antlered deer tag and antlerless (cow) elk management tag, and a bull elk tag and cow elk management tag in certain hunt units.
The goal with adding these hunts as combination tags is an attempt to increase elk harvest without increasing hunter congestion.
When you apply for either an antlered deer or antlered elk hunt you will also have the option to apply for a cow elk management tag if available in that unit.
This is a final reminder that if you're one of many tens of thousands of big game hunters interested in drawing a 2014 hunting tag for Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Mule Deer, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Rocky Mountain Goat in the State of Nevada, now is the time to submit your application(s) to hunt one or more of the species listed above.
Hello fellow anglers. Well here we are only two weeks away from the California opening day fishing season. This when most lakes, rivers and streams open for the year, and some rivers change limit and tackle regulations.
Check your regulations before you go fishing to know these changes.
Carson City Cadette Girl Scout Troop 196 hosts a free Outdoor Education and Safety event May 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Washoe State Park.
This event is part of the troop earning their Silver Award, which is the second highest award a girl scout can earn. The event is geared toward school-age children, but everyone is invited.
Outdoors photographers looking to capture the majesty of the Sierra Nevada or the splendor of Lake Tahoe might want to check to see if they're in a Nevada State Park before they whip out a smartphone or digital camera.
Changes to the way state parks regulate commercial photography have some photographers worried they could get slapped with fees — or worse — just because they aimed a lens at the wrong vista.
Monday, April 7 was the day that Elaine and I went trout fishing, and it was also the day that things did not go my way, again, as usual. The previous day, I asked her if she would like to go fishing at Indian Creek Reservoir in nearby Alpine County, Calif.
She replied that she wasn't interested, because it was a Sunday and the reservoir would probably be crowded with shore and boat fishermen.
Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 9-15, 2014. Opening day for stream and lake fishing along most California waters in Saturday, April 26.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Karen Bruno and Megan Warren have always shown their commitment to their community. They continued to improve their knowledge and dedication to the Lake Tahoe lifestyle by completing the BEAR League’s response team training last month.
A leisurely early April flight over the Carson River at the Mexican Dam. The water seems unusually low and with Central Sierra snowpack currently running at 42 percent, it might not get any better.
Passionate outdoorsmen recently formed the newest Pheasants Forever chapter in Nevada, known as the Great Basin Pheasants Forever chapter. The group will focus its attention on habitat improvements, increasing pheasant populations, and youth outdoor participation in the Great Basin area.
The Great Basin chapter was drawn to Pheasants Forever’s unique model, which empowers county and local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent.
This week's outdoor article is about two special friends in the Far North, Barry and Susan Drury who live in Watson Lake in the Yukon.
Elaine and I first met them a number of years ago in downtown Anchorage, Alaska as a result of Barry and I both being active members of an outdoor website, Modernsportsman.
Since that initial, get-acquainted, Anchorage lunch, Barry has visited us at our home in Carson City and at our cabin near Davis Lake, Calif.
Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of April 2-8, 2014. Opening day for fishing in California is Saturday, April 26.
This is a reminder that if you're one of many tens of thousands of big game hunters interested in drawing a 2014 hunting tag for Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Mule Deer, California Bighorn Sheep, Desert (Nelson) Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Rocky Mountain Goat in the State of Nevada, be advised it is now time to submit your application(s) to hunt one or more of the big game species.
Looking for some new singletrack to ride? Just south of Carson City is the new Clear Creek Trail! The Clear Creek Trail is almost 10.5 miles long, is open to hikers, mountain bikes, equestrians and dogs, has no exit, and is currently 21-miles round-trip.
Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 26 through April 2, 2014.
Here are the most recent fish plants in Western Nevada by the Nevada Department of Wildlife:
Mar. 19: Cave Rock Landing at Lake Tahoe: 2,940 rainbows: 10.1 inches.
Mar. 19: Cave Rock Landing at Lake Tahoe: 1,608 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20: Wall Canyon Reservoir in Northern Washoe County: 4,136 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20 Paradise Pond in Reno: 498 rainbows: 9.8 inches.
Mar. 20: Truckee River in Washoe County: 6,200 rainbows: 9.3 inches.
For information, call the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Headquarters in Reno at 688-1500 during regular business hours.
Sportsmen who want to learn more about Nevada’s big game management programs and the annual tag application process can attend a free informational workshop hosted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Information on big game management, tag quotas and allocations, draw odds, harvest data, bonus points, common application errors and the computerized draw will be presented. New procedures for this year’s drawing will also be discussed.
U.S. Forest Service fish and wildlife biologist Shay Zanetti says river otters had been known to exist for many decades in the Tahoe basin, but at one point they were only known to exist at Marlette Lake above Tahoe's east shore.
No offense, but if you don’t put in for a Silver State Tag when the big game application period opens on Monday, you must not like hunting very much.
The Silver State Tag already allows hunters the chance to hunt one of four premier big game species (mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, Nelson (desert) bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope) anywhere in the state, but now you also have the chance to win thousands of dollars of hunting gear as well.
Topaz Lake is located at the Nevada/California state line on U.S. 395, about 40 miles south of Carson City.
Monday, March 17 was a chilly, very windy, white-capped day at the lake.
Elaine and I were there to take photos of the low water levels caused by our on-going drought, and we got some unexpected, bonus photos of fish being planted.
Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 19-25, 2014.
ADOBE POND, CALIF:
Closed until Saturday, April 26, 2014.
ALMANOR LAKE, CALIF:
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530-365-7500) (www.shastacascade.com) reports:
Fishermen are reporting that the north fork is a bit clearer.
You may have fair catches from Canyon Dam to Lake Cove this week.
Courtesy of Almanor Fishing Adventures.
ANGEL LAKE, ELKO COUNTY, NEV:
If you're getting tired of our winter cold, frost, ice and snow (what little we have received so far), you might want to consider a vacation trip to Hawaii.
Elaine and I, our son Jim, daughter-in-law Kathi and my cousin Lorraine Scholes and her husband Bob just returned, earlier this week, from a fun-filled 14-day vacation trip to Honolulu on the Island of Oahu (4 days) and to Poipu on the Island of Kauai (10 days).
The Carson City Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) will hold its annual banquet and fundraiser on Saturday, March 22. That event will be held in the banquet facilities at the Carson Nugget with:
This is my annual reminder that if you are a trout fisherman and are new to our area, you may not be aware that some of our best Lahontan Cutthroat Trout fishing is at Pyramid Lake in the month of March.
Pyramid Lake (which is roughly the same surface size as Lake Tahoe) is about 30 miles north of Reno-Sparks, and it contains Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that can easily run into “Double Digits” in weight. That's big!
The lake is the terminus of the Truckee River which begins at Lake Tahoe.
Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of March 6-12, 2014.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is developing applications for Off Highway Vehicle Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2012/2013 grant cycle. We are developing three preliminary applications to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division in Sacramento.
If you’re a fisherman or fisherwoman, it’s that time of the year to remind you to purchase your Nevada 2014-2015 fishing license. That new fishing license year begins on March 1 and will run through the last day in February, 2015.
As a special tip you would be well advised to purchase that new license ASAP, because if you forget, go fishing after March 1 and get checked by “The Friendly Old Game Warden,” he isn’t going to be happy nor will you.
Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Feb. 27, 2014. As a reminder, the new fishing license year for Nevada begins on March 1.
A Las Vegas man was convicted of possession of a big game animal without a valid tag, a gross misdemeanor, in the Seventh Judicial District Court Feb. 14.
Nerces Sarkis Himidian, 68, was ordered upon conviction to pay a $1,000 fine and $2,500 in civil penalties to the Operation Game Thief program.
This is an annual reminder of my all-time favorite fund raiser. The highly-popular and fun-filled, Carson Valley Chukar Club fundraiser will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 1. This year’s fund raiser will be its 28th version.
If you are brand-new to this area, about now you are probably wondering what in the world is something called a "Chukar?"
Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, Northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of Feb. 19-25, 2014.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife has announced the full implementation of the Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Decal Program, developed more than a year ago to fund prevention efforts against aggressive invasive species, such as quagga and zebra mussels.
If you're not into traditional winter sports such as ice fishing, ice skating, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, there is not a lot to do in late winter...for most people.
Some choose to stare out the window, complain about the snow, ice, frost and darkness of wintertime and stay glued to their TV sets. However, there are plenty of activities to take your mind off our cold weather, dark mornings and evenings, if you would like to do so.
Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Feb. 12-18, 2014.
Game wardens are seeking information on two mule deer does and one fawn that were shot and left near the Cold Creek community, about six miles from the High Desert Correctional Facility sometime in the early morning of January 25. Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward to help catch the poacher.
When the Nevada State Board of Wildlife Commissioners met recently in Las Vegas, its members tackled an agenda that included the establishment of big game hunting seasons for 2014 into 2015, including several “antlerless elk management” hunts that allow for combination deer and cow elk tags, combination bull elk and cow elk tags, spike elk hunts and Nevada’s fourth bear hunt.
Also on the agenda was the removal of fishing tackle restrictions on certain spans of the Truckee River.
Feb. 9, 2014 marks a special day in the life of yours truly. It is my three-year anniversary, writing about the Great Outdoors at Carson Now.
Three years! Time certainly flies when you are having fun, and it has been both a totally enjoyable and memorable three years of writing about all kinds of activities in the Great Outdoors, both near and far away.
Here is the latest fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Feb. 5-11, 2014.
High-flying adventure flicks and non-stop entertainment arrives with the 12th annual Lake Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour stop in Reno Feb. 22 at the Grand Sierra Resort.
Rooted as the nerve center for skiers, boarders, climbers and year-round adventurers, the film festival provides mountaintops, cliffhangers and enough high-energy entertainment between showings to ignite fervor for 2014.
The night includes guest speakers, action photo displays, break-dancers, DJs and a handful of surprises.
This is an annual reminder for fishing in nearby waters: Feb. 8 is the opening day of the 2014 fishing seasons for the following waters in Lyon County: