Outdoors clinic for women set
The California Department of Fish and Game announced last week
its popular “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshop for Northern
California has been scheduled for September 25-27.
The workshop will be at the Feather River Inn in Plumas County.
The workshop is for those women who are seeking information on
a variety of outdoor topics such as hunting and fishing.
There are 100 spots open in this year’s workshop.
These spots have filled up very fast in the past due to the popularity
of the workshop.
For years hunting and fishing has been passed down from father
to son, and in some cases to their daughter. However, this has
not been the rule.
Most women know little about the sports in which their husbands
or significant others participate.
Many would like to learn more about the sports that men have been
enjoying for years. This workshop is an excellent way for women
to get started properly with some excellent instruction.
Participants will select four classes from 29 offered.
Courses include fly and bait fishing, outdoor/Dutch oven cooking,
map and compass reading, bow hunting, field orienteering, firearms
safety and operation, camping/backpacking, archery, upland game
and waterfowl, and exploring California’s wild lands (includes
wildlife and plant identifications).
The workshop instructors are experienced biologists, hunters,
anglers, outdoor enthusiasts and hunter safety instructors.
Each instructor covers his/her topic very thoroughly.
Anyone finishing this workshop will have a good working knowledge
of the topics that were covered, and should make them adaptable
to the sport or activity that they wish to pursue.
In addition to the information that you share, it is a great opportunity
for ladies to meet other ladies that are pursuing the same interests.
Having a good “fishing buddy” is very important.
Feedback that I have received from these workshops give them really
high marks. Knowing some of the instructors that have been involved,
I can see why they have been successful.
Registration packets for the workshop are available by calling
(916) 657-4333 or you can find them at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/owoman.html. Remember, only 100 spaces are available.
Participants must return their registration form and a check postmarked
no later than August 6.
Up to four registrations may be submitted per envelope.
The winning 100 registration forms will be drawn by lottery on
Check-in begins at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25. The workshop ends
at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27.
There is a $185 fee for the workshop which includes two nights
lodging, seven meals, a wild game feed, and evening programs designed
to provide additional instruction.
Contact the Department of Fish and Game at the above number immediately
if you are interested. The time between the announcement of the
class and the closing of registration is extremely short apparently
due to the popularity of these workshops.
I have noticed many more women fishing on my outings. This is
There is plenty of space available on our favorite lakes and streams.
Those of you that would like to join the ranks of “fishing fools”
are very welcome.
This outdoor workshop could be the ticket to a whole new world
With the warm weather most lake fish have headed for the comfort
of deeper water. As a result anglers fishing early or late in
the day, or those fishing deeper water have been most successful.
Keep this in mind for your fishing outing.
Boca – (35,542 ac. ft.) Boca has been fishing fair to good. Most
anglers fishing from shore near dam are having some success. Most
anglers use nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Boaters are having fair
success on Kokanee. Most are using a combination of flashers and
a wedding ring or Kokanee Bug with a piece of white corn. Those
trolling for trout are using a combination of flashers and a nightcrawler
or minnow imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlet should have
fair to good action using a variety of nymphs, streamer, and emergers.
Donner – Fishing has been fair to good Most anglers fishing for
rainbows on the west end and near the launch ramp have had some
success. A few large fish have also been reported. Nightcrawlers
and Powerbait seem to be the main bait. Trollers using minnow
imitating lures have had fair to good success. Kokanee fishing
has also been fair to good. Most are trolling Ted’s Bugs, Kokanee
Bugs or wedding rings with a piece of white corn behind a flasher.
Lake Tahoe – Fishing has been good for mackinaw. Most fish are
in the five to seven pound range. 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 open
July 1 and will close again on September 30.
Martis Lake – (Martis us restricted to artificial lures with barbless
Zero fish may bagged or possessed) Fishing is fair. Most use nymphs
such as the Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Damselfly imitations or
the A.P. Small midge patterns have also been good at times. 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 Griffith’s Knat are good choices.
Little Truckee River – Fishing has been fair to good. Most anglers
are using nightcrawlers, Powerbait or salmon eggs at the inlet
of Boca reservoir. Flyfishermen are taking fish on nymphs, emergers
Prosser – (26,937 ac. fs38 ft.) Fishing here has been fair to
good Bank fishermen use nightcrawlers or Powerba it. Most trollers
are pulling a combination of flashers and nightcrawlers or a minnow
imitating lure. Flyfishermen near the inlets have taken a few
fish mostly on nymphs and streamers.
Stampede – (224,881 ac. ft.) Stampede is fair to good Most shore
anglers are taking a few fish. Most use the typical baits, nightcrawlers
or Powerba it. Those throwing lures are also having some success.
Topliners have fair to good success for kokanee salmon. With the
warm weather the fish are being found in deeper water. Most use
a flasher of some sort and a kokanee bug or wedding ring with
a piece of white corn.
Truckee River – The release has been lowered to 245 cubic feet
per second from the dam at Tahoe City. Fishing has been good on
the river. Bait, lures or flies have been successful in the river
between Tahoe City and Truckee. Lots of caddis and yellow stone
activity in the evenings. In the wild trout section below Truckee
flyfishermen are using nymphs such as the caddis larva, prince,
birds nest, hares ear, or pheasant tail with good success. For
dries try a humpy, elk hair caddis, or a parachute adams.
Other Waters – Frenchman fished fair this past week. The latest
reports indicate that the fishing has slowed a bit. Davis lake
has been planted and fishing has been fair. Jackson Meadows is
fishing fair. Milton Reservoir has been fishing fair to good for
flyfishermen. Middle Fork of the Feather River & Portola Area
– The Middle Fork of the Feather River and many of the smaller
streams in the area have been heavily stocked and are fishing
fair to good.
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