The Outdoorsman: Nov. 18, 2010

By From page A12 | November 18, 2010

Bel Lange


Three roosters per day is the legal limit for pheasant hunters now that we’ve passed opening weekend, Nov. 13-14.

Success was good to excellent for those who had land on which to hunt. The early rains helped settle the birds and helped the dogs readily pick up the scent.

“It was a good crop this year,” said one rice farmer near Willows.

The season continues through Dec. 26.

The wild turkey season also opened last Saturday – again with excellent success for turkey seekers. One turkey per season is the limit but the bird can be either sex. The turkey season also closes Dec. 26.

Waterfowl results have slowed, mostly due to warmer weather for this time of year. But there are many days ahead for waterfowl hunters; the season in this area closes Jan. 30.

On the fishing front … Lake Amador continues to take high honors. Crappie limits are easy for those fishing from the marina docks while trouters fishing from shore are doing better than trollers.

Icehouse Reservoir off Highway 50 above Pollock Pines is a close second. Trollers and some shoresters are netting easy limits. The fish are only ranging from 8 to 14 inches but they are “on the bite” and keeping anglers very happy.

Small Rapala lures work well attracting the rainbows to feed and nightcrawlers are worth trying.

More salmon are showing in the American River from the mouth to the Nimbus fish ladder. Drifting roe works well as does Kwikfish lures while backtrolling.

The striped bass bite slowed recently dure to high, muddy waters. Guides are indicating the bite should pick up when the water clears.

The bass bite at Folsom Lake improved after the rains. Crankbaits and spoons enticed the bass to strike.

Higher up at Donner Lake off Interstate 80 pier anglers were hooking rainbows with PowerBait or night crawlers.

Did you know that one in every four species of freshwater fish is a catfish? And, did you know there are five million baited hooks set every day in the world’s oceans?

Finally, the baffler: How much does the largest giant clam weigh? 500 pounds.

Bel Lange

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