The big sports shows are just around the corner.
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The first one to arrive is the International Sportsmen’s Exposition Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 20-23, at Cal Expo in Sacramento.
Everything in the sports world that any outdoor lover would want to see will be on display along with “how to” demonstrations such as how to fish for different species.
There will be plenty for kids to enjoy at the annual youth fair, including catching a fish in “Lucy’s Pond.”
After closing the Sacramento show the ISE packs up and moves to the San Mateo Fairgrounds.
If you have closet fever Lake Comanche east of Lodi is worth the trip. Trout are available at either the South Pond or the north shore area. One angler caught an 8-pound trout recently from the South Pond.
Fishing the north shore with PowerBait will yield good results. Some bass are also feeding in the main body of the lake. The best thing to use are jigs at 40 feet to lure the bass.
One big surprise right now is Lake Oroville. Not only is the lake rising fast but bass are showing all over the lake and there is also a good coho bite.
You won’t be disappointed if you travel to Lake Amador either. Shoresters are casting Kastmasters and hooking trout without difficulty. At last report the lake was still running a foot over spill.
Further south at Don Pedro trollers are running close to shore and hooking rainbows.
Finally, the baffler: When did bronze fishing hooks come into existence? About 4,000 B.C . in the bronze age.
Striped bass action throughout the Delta has slowly come to a halt due to the high, muddy waters. However the sturgeon don’t mind the poor clarity and are biting in the mothball fleet area near Pittsburg.
Crabbers continue to be a happy lot, especially in the Monterey and Santa Cruz locale. Carter boats as well as private skippers are finding easy taking for the tasty Dungeness.
And, if you don’t fill up with crabs (although you probably will), go for sanddabs. They are thick and easy to catch.
Crabs are also really thick this year. Many boaters are filling their pots in 30 minutes. It’s the best in 10 years is the talk of veteran crabbers.
Ft. Bragg boats are also filling out with crabs. The trips will continue for some time.