Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Family Road Trip 2015

Viewing Mt. Rushmore
Right now I am on an epic family road trip with my parents and siblings. The destination is from Marysville, California to Detroit, Michigan. So far so good.
Not a whole lot of fishing going on but I've seen some pretty nice water on the way. Hopefully I can wet my line sometime during the trip with my East Coast relatives. Maybe next summer I can make my first pilgrimage to the fly fishing mecca, Montana. It can't be worse than driving all the way out to Detroit.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

California Water Law: Private vs. Public Access

"No Trespassing"

The water business is a very lucrative business with over hundreds of agencies involved as well as the federal and state government. The California water system is a huge damn bureaucracy that we all have to deal with..
As anglers we need to have some knowledge of California water rights to keep out of trouble. Let's talk private and public access, where we can fish and where we can't fish.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Upstream of The Lower Yuba

Upper Lower Yuba

The Lower Yuba below Englebright to the mouth at the Feather River is open all year-around with a few restrictions. Only barbless hooks and artificial lures can be used and the stretch above HWY 20 bridge to Englebright Reservoir is closed from September. 1st - November 31st for the salmon spawn.  Easy rules to follow yes?
After finding a crossing point a few trips ago, I've been fishing the other side of the Yuba above HWY 20.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bucks Lake Family Fun

Bucks Lake Yakin

Bucks Lake is a large reservoir in Plumas County. Although not known as a popular fishery, Bucks Lake is home to kokanee, rainbows, browns, and mackinaw. The reservoir is made of two additional bodies of water, the Grizzly Forebay and Lower Bucks. The main lake is fairly shallow in comparison to others with the deepest point being 100ft. This weekend Amanda and I spent some time on Bucks Lake with some of her family. In addition to drinking and partying, I also had a few opportunities to get out on the lake and wet my line.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Good Ole Ellis Lake

Evening On North Ellis Lake
Ellis Lake is one of the most recognizable and historical areas in the city of Marysville. The lake was once a swamp before it was converted into a park in the 1930s. Pictures from the "golden days" of Ellis Lake can be found online and they show a very different lake than the one we have today.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Yuba River Streamer Dreamer

Oh How I've Miss You

It's official, I'm back in Yuba City! Chico has truly been a great 5 years of my life. A lot has happened within those five years: college life, meeting new friends, meeting my future wife, figuring out what I want to do in life, and the list goes on. Now that I am back though, I am looking forward to contributing back to the community I grew up in as well as exploring and getting to know my local waters.
My first trip back home was to the Yuba River.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In Search of Stripes

The Striped Bass
The striped bass also known as a striper is an anadramous fish that is prized by many anglers due to their strong fighting abilities, size, and taste. The possibility of catching a 30-pound striped bass keeps anglers fishing on their toes in hopes of landing a fish of a lifetime. Native to the Eastern United States, the striped bass was introduced to California in 1879 as a commercial food source until 1935. Commercial fishing for striped bass ended at this time in efforts to enhance California's sport fishery.