Nick Klein Leads Day One of 2024 WON Bass Clear Lake Open with 35.59 pounds
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by Staff
10h ago
 Nick Klein Leads Day One of 2024 WON Bass Clear Lake Open, Joe Mariani in Second Top Six places Eclipse 30 pounds, 55 limits over 20 pounds on California’s Famed Bass Factory. LAKEPORT, Calif. – April 17, 2024 –– The conditions leading up to the 2024 Ranger Boats WON Bass Clear Lake Open presented by Mercury had become the conversation. Long range forecasts predicted warm and mild conditions, however the colder weather seemed to be hanging around, and one began to wonder if the forecasts were going to ring true. As practice progressed it appeared that the forecasts for the 177 pros and t ..read more
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Striped bass season arrives in NorCal, linesides charging up the Sacramento River
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by WON Staff
5d ago
BY CHUCK WOLF COLUSA— Striper season is finally here, and it couldn’t come at a better time for guides and anglers alike. After what could be argued as a mediocre season last year, the closed salmon season, restrictions on sturgeon, halibut, and weather that soaked the coastal ranges, I don’t think that there is anyone who can’t wait to get out on the water and by all indications, this is going to be a very good year. Captain Justin Thompson has his finger on the pulse of the river and has reported that the “striped bass season on the Sacramento River has started!”The Sacramento River is loade ..read more
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Eastern Sierra winter trout are in spring form with Opener around the corner
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by WON Staff
5d ago
BY ERNIE COWAN MAMMOTH LAKES—Snow continues to accumulate at higher elevations in the Eastern Sierra, but lower levels are clear and winter trout are biting like it’s the general season. There may be a few more late season storms sweeping the high country, but at this point it looks like not much will stick. And, there is lots of good news for those eager anglers waiting to enjoy another opening day Fishmas in the Sierra. Crowley Lake is wide open, free of ice and docks are already in place for the opening day surge. One caution at Crowley, however. The staff there has advised the lake is comp ..read more
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WON Bass Clear Lake Open: Anglers look forward to potential big bass slugfest at California’s premier largemouth lake.
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by WON Staff
1w ago
BY DAN O’SULLIVAN SAN CLEMENTE– Clear Lake, nestled in the Coast Ranges of California mountains, at the foot of Mount Konocti is known as being the largest natural lake entirely in the state of California.  It is known for its picturesque scenery from any direction and for being a rich, fertile body of water. It is also known as one of the best bass fisheries in the world.  For many years, Clear Lake has been ranked as one of the top 10 bass fisheries in the country by BASSMASTER Magazine, and the northern California waterway has been the site of fireworks for WON Bass and the Clear ..read more
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TURKEY TRIUMPH!: Opening week success
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by WON Staff
1w ago
FANCY NANCY— This opening day turkey bagged by Nancy Rodriguez in Placer County near Auburn came with a side of chantrelle mushrooms she foraged up that day.   PAUL MORITZ scored this turkey in the mountains east of San Diego and told WON, “A window of good weather had turkeys gobbling and roaming, and this gobbler ran around out of range most of the day. Jakes and hens stayed nearby for hours. At 3 p.m., this old Rio Grande decided to strut right in front of me, well over 100 yards away. A half hour later, the Tom slowly made his way to under 40 yards. One well-placed shot put him down ..read more
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North Salt: Deepwater rockfish season open for business
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by WON Staff
1w ago
BY KENNY PRIEST The statewide rockfish season opened April 1, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any type of announcement because the month of April is only open beyond the 50-fathom line, this falls under federal jurisdiction. Hence, the only notification that went to the public came from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). And if you’re not signed up to receive email notifications or you don’t routinely check their website, you’re likely in the dark like most anglers. How it went down: Early morning April 1, NOAA, along with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) sent ou ..read more
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Monterey rockfish anglers tap federal waters
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by WON Staff
1w ago
BY ALLEN “BUSHY” BUSHNELL MONTEREY— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved the rockfish, lingcod and greenling (RCG) regulations for the 2024 fishing season, finally. Apparently one final submission and legal approval is due before the season goes into full official effect. Anglers in the Monterey Bay have been fishing “Federal Waters” all week, with the tacit approval of DFW. State waters stop at a line three miles from shore. Unfortunately, Monterey Bay like San Francisco Bay legally is a “closed bay.” This means state waters extend to the narrowest point of the bay. In ..read more
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California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends 2024 ocean salmon closure
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by WON Staff
1w ago
BY DAVE HURLEY SACRAMENTO– The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommended Alternative 3 – Salmon Closure during the final days of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) meeting mirroring the opinions of commercial and recreational charter boat anglers. The department’s position is a significant change from early March. The PFMC meetings are being held in Seattle from April 6 to 11, and the final recommendations of the council will be forwarded to the California Fish and Game Commission in May. Marcy Yaremko, Environmental Program Manager, Marine Region (Region 7) presented ..read more
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California offers abundant opportunities for 2024 spring turkey season
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by WON Staff
3w ago
California’s general spring turkey season opens statewide March 30, and runs through May 5. With growing populations of wild turkeys in many parts of the state, spring turkey season has become one of the more anticipated opportunities on the hunting calendar. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host a variety of special turkey hunts throughout the spring turkey hunting season. This spring season kicked off with an exclusive junior weekend March 23-24, followed by the general season beginning this weekend. An additional junior season aligns with the archery-only seas ..read more
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Roundup: deadly mountain lion attack, Perris gets its Marina back, record catfish at S.D. lake
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by WON Staff
3w ago
Stories by Mike Stevens    NorCal mountain lion attack leaves one dead GEORGETOWN— A mountain lion attacked a pair of shed hunters on March 23 in Northern California leaving one man dead and the other injured. The brothers (age 18 and 21) were shed hunting in a remote area when the incident occurred. The 18-year-old dialed 9-1-1 and reached the El Dorado Sheriff’s office at 1:13 p.m. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s office, he and his 21-year-old brother had been attacked by a mountain lion in a remote area of Darling Ridge Rd. and Skid Rd.,  inGeorgetown. The rep ..read more
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