National Fishing Week lures in women anglers
National Fishing Week ends Sunday,. What is National Fishing Week? It is a week each year designated to promote recreational fishing.
This year’s focus has been on encouraging more women to fish. Women make up more than one-third of the angling population. Their participation actually grew 5.1percent over the last year.
Popular programs such as California Department of Fish and Game’s “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program have helped spur interest in outdoor activities such as fishing. The popular workshops offer hands-on-training in a variety of outdoor skills that include fly-fishing, bait fishing, map and compass reading, outdoor/Dutch oven cooking, shotgun and rifle shooting, upland game and waterfowl hunting, backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, to name a few.
Workshop instructors are top-notch and include professional biologists, hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts who have experience in instructing women. Instructors volunteer their time and receive only a stipend to cover travel expenses.
Recently, Fish and Games announced that two of these workshops have been set for September and November. The northern California workshop is set for Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at the Feather River Inn in Plumas County, and the central California one is set for Nov. 17-19 at Wonder Valley Ranch in Fresno County.
Application deadline for the workshops are Aug.18 for the Plumas County event and Oct. 6 for the event in Fresno County. A registration fee of $195 covers two nights lodging, seven meals, a wild game feed and evening programs.
Each workshop is limited to 100 participants. If more than 100 applications are received for a workshop, slots will be awarded through a random drawing. Those registrants who have not attended a previous workshop will have preference.
Registration packets are to be available the first week in June. To request a registration packet, call (916) 657-4333 or on the Web at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/bow/owoman.html.
This is a workshop that I have personally had good feedback on from several former attendees. If you are interested, do not hesitate to enroll in one of these sessions.
Here are some interesting statistics that were compiled by the National Sporting Goods Association being shared by the National Fishing Week Steering Committee. I found this set of statistics to be one of the most interesting regarding reasons for fishing among anglers.
– For relaxation – 35 percent
– To be with family and friends – 33 percent
– To be close to nature – 13 percent
– For the sport and to learn a new sport -7 percent
– To catch fresh fish – 5 percent
– To catch large fish – 3 percent
– To catch many fish -3 percent
I found it interesting that catching fish got three of the lowest responses. Perhaps the idea and message of catch-and-release and managing our fisheries is working. The catch fresh fish response is pretty low at 5 percent. These statistics appear to be encouraging for fishing in general.
In conjunction with National Fishing Week, the California Department of Fish and Game’s first free fishing day is this Saturday. The second is Sept. 23. No fishing license is needed on these two days to fish in our region. All other laws and regulations regarding restrictions, method of take and bag limits are in place.
Where else can you find a better deal, a day of recreation with an affordable price. Yeah, you may have to buy some tackle, but you can always use that again when you find out how much fun that you can have. Better yet, a friend may lend you some tackle. Give it a try.
Boca – (39,310 ac.ft.) Boca has been fishing fair-to-good. Most anglers fishing from shore near the inlet are having some success. The area near the dam is also fishing well. Most anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Some anglers throwing lures along the shoreline have been productive as well. Boaters are having fair-to-good success. Most were using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler or minnow imitating lure. Kokanee fishing has been good. Fly-fishermen near the inlet should have fair-to-good action using a variety of nymphs, streamers and emergers. Boca is scheduled for a fish planting this week.
Donner – Fishing has been good. Most anglers fishing for rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had fair-to-good success. A few large fish continue to be reported. Nightcrawlers and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow imitating lures have had fair-to-good success. A fish planting is scheduled again this week.
Lake Tahoe – (Elevation 6,229.03) Fishing has been good for Mackinaw trout. A guide is highly recommended if you are fishing for Mackinaw for the first time. Toplining and shore fishing is fair. Remember tributaries to Tahoe are closed to all fishing until July 1 and closes again on Sept. 30. No fishing is also allowed within 300 ft. of these tributaries.
Martis Lake – (Martis is restricted to artificial lures with barbless hooks. Zero fish may bagged or possessed) Fishing is improving. Blood midges, callibaetis and damselflies are showing. Try using nymphs such as the Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damselfly imitations or the A.P. Streamers that imitate small fish and woolly buggers are also good choices. For surface activity, patterns such as the Quiqley Cripple, Martis Midge, Parachute Adams and Grffith’s Knat are good choices. An ant imitation has worked well on the recent windy days
Little Truckee River – (This area between Stampede Reservoir downstream to Boca Reservoir is now subject to artificial barbless lures with a two-fish bag limit of fish 14 inches maximum) The river is flowing at a rate of 121 cubic feet per second. Fishing here is fair-to-good. Fly-fishermen fishing this stretch between Stampede and Boca concentrate on nymphs and streamers with improved hatches where a dry fly will work.
Prosser – (28,071 ac.ft.) Prosser fishing has been fishing fair-to-good. Fishing here is mostly with nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Fly-fishermen near the inlets are fishing primarily with nymphs and streamers.
Stampede – (219,485 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair-to-good. Most shore anglers are catching some very nice fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Topliners are having good success for kokanee salmon. Most used a flasher of some sort and a kokanee bug or wedding ring with a piece of white corn. Kokanee fishing should be best in the early low light hours or in the evening as the weather warms up.
Truckee River – The release has been reduced to 205 cubic feet per second from the dam at Tahoe City. In the Truckee area the river is running at around 421 cubic foot per second rate. Fishing should be better with these conditions. Seasoned anglers are still doing well. Most fish being caught in the special regulation areas are being caught on large nymphs or streamers although more fish are beginning to show. The upper stretch of the river should fish better now because of the better flows.
Other Waters – The road to Jackson Meadows reservoir is open and the fishing has been good Davis and Frenchman lakes fished fair this past week. Pyramid Lake has still been fishing well but has slowed a bit.
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