Department of Fish and Game

Crawdads (mini lobsters) are fun to catch, great to eat

Some people call the little critters crawdads; others call them crayfish or mudbugs. In reality, it’s a little freshwater mini lobster.Some people use live crawdads for bait. ...

Application deadline near for Joice Island Unit pig hunt

The deadline for applying for a spot to hunt pigs in Solano County’s Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area is fast approaching. A number of hunts are being of ...

Mandatory return of Steelhead Report Card due by Jan. 31

If you fish for steelhead in California, you’re required to have a current fishing license in possession and a Steelhead Report Card.The Steelhead Report Card has multiple fu ...

New striped bass regulations are a step toward improving the Delta

The California Delta ecosystem is in trouble. Native fish populations have declined significantly in recent years and if the status quo is maintained, further declines are sure to ...

New proposed striper rules hit a snag

The Department of Fish and Game held a hearing last month in Rio Vista. There was so much interest in the proposed new striper rules and regulations that the original meeting place ...

The perfect stocking stuffer: a 2012 fishing license

It doesn’t matter when you purchased the 2011 fishing license. It expires at midnight Dec. 31.That means if you have any hope of fishing Jan. 1, you’ll be required to h ...

Loomis couple wishes bears well

Regarding the recent Loomis bear issue, I feel compelled to set the record straight and provide clarification regarding our frequently cited encounter with the family of black bear ...

Game warden holds out hope for troublesome bear family

After calls poured into the Placer County Sheriff’s Office as a family of wayward bears wandered into Roseville over the weekend, Fish and Game officials now hope they’ll stay ...

Hunting opens this weekend in Balance of State Zone

The Department of Fish and Game has estimated more than 50,000 shotgunners visited the fields in 2010, hoping to bag a duck or goose for the dinner table.The northeastern zone for ...

Fishing restrictions are in place on Klamath River

It used to be that some of the hottest salmon fishing in the fall occurred on the Klamath River. Campgrounds were packed, and the mouth of the Klamath literally was a sea of boats. ...