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Department of Fish and Game to hold youth archery clinic

By: George deVilbiss/Special to Gold Country News Service
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The Department of Fish and Game will hold an archery clinic for young shooters who want to learn a new skill and enjoy the great out-of-doors.

The clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Bowmen Archery Club, 3321 El Dorado Hills Blvd., in El Dorado Hills.

Only 45 participants will be allowed, and the minimum age is 8. All participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The class will include instruction in basic archery form, safety, equipment choices and the fun part — hands-on shooting on a professional range. There will be plenty of bull’s-eye targets, and in keeping with the harvest spirit, pumpkin targets also will be used.

The clinic fee is $15, which includes brunch, snacks, equipment, range use and instruction. Attending adults are included in the brunch at no additional cost.

Pre-registration is required. For information, contact Lesa Johnston at (916) 322-8933 or LJohnston@dfg.ca.gov. Register online at www.dfg.ca.gov/yo.

Pig hunts offered at Bobcat Ranch in Yolo County

Just west of Williams, maybe an hour up Interstate 5, is the Bobcat Ranch in Yolo County’s Vaca Mountain foothills.

Hunting is conducted under the SHARE Program. It helps achieve the ranch’s long-term conservation management objectives, including providing public hunting opportunities and controlling the wild pig population.

A total of 64 hunters will be selected to hunt pigs. There will be eight two-day hunts from Nov. 5 to Dec. 3, each hunter may bring a non-hunting partner, and one permit is good for two hunters.

Any hunter with a valid California hunting license may apply through the Automated License Data System, and you can apply for each hunt. There is a $10 non-refundable application fee for each hunt choice.

To apply, visit the DFG’s Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/.

Current fishing

Summer officially has ended, but the notice apparently hasn’t reached Mother Nature, as the weather remains warm. But slowly, water temperatures are beginning to drop and hopefully, there soon will be clouds in the sky and rain and snow will fall.

Lake Pardee: It’s the final month of fishing at the lake, which will close when the sun sets on Sunday, Nov. 4, not to reopen until February 2013. In the meantime, trout plants continue, and for those with boats, the catching remains good. Trollers are working the river arm around Twin Coves, Deer Island, Indian Head Rock and all the way up to Columbia Gulch. The southern end of the lake is still doing well, too. Not all the kokanee have turned to spawning-mode red with hooked jaws, and keepers are being found 75-110 feet down. The best trout trolling is around the dam and spillway regions at the southern end where the water has cooled more than other parts of the lake. The ’bows are down 40-60 feet.

Fishing from shore isn’t unheard of. You’ll find little competition anywhere you can walk to, and some shore casters actually are doing quite well. Those fishing Woodpile have found a good bite, and even right at the boat ramp there’s been a decent bite. Just know for shore fishing, you need to get an early start.

Lake Amador: Lake officials haven’t begun planting their homegrown Donaldson strain of rainbow-cutthroats. The fish are still in tanks getting nothing but bigger. They’ll start the winter planting program once the first rains fall and the water temperature cools. In the meantime, the action is bass with nearly zero fishing pressure. The action has been downright good with bucketmouths running two to five pounds.

Folsom Lake: Few are trying, but you can troll the main river channel from Brown’s Ravine to the dam and get into a trout-salmon bite. Weekenders are still visiting the lake in enough numbers to roil the water, so weekday fishing will be much better — and quieter. You still need downriggers to get down as much as 65 feet. Haul something like a small Speedy Shiner and you should get bit. Bass action is slow, but make enough casts over rocky points and rock piles and you can get bit.

Lake Oroville: It doesn’t seem that long ago that the water level was at the highest point possible and in the trees. Now, there’s considerable brown shoreline showing with the lake now under 60 percent. The one good aspect of lower water is it will concentrate the bass into smaller areas, and right now, the catching is great. Try the North Fork, and almost anything you throw at them will get you bit. Drop-shotting worms, crankbaits, jigs and swimbaits works. Crawdad patterns are always good this time of year. Having a 50-fish day is not uncommon.

Rollins Lake: It’s a heavily attended lake for water recreationists, but with school in session and the temperature dropping a little, that aspect is reducing. The water hasn’t cooled enough for trout fishing to pick up, but those plugging for bass are finding a good bite on spots to three pounds. Cranks and drop-shot no more than 10 feet down.

Ice House Reservoir: The lake is scheduled for a planting of catchable rainbows, which will greatly enhance the fishery. Nights are cooling, and that’s affecting the water temperature, so you only need to get down 25 feet to find a bite. A threaded crawler will do the trick, as will a rubber, curly tailed jig.

Local salmon: Rod-bending action from Clarksburg to Verona has been good with many nets dipping into the water to scoop a bright silver King salmon. It’s a waiting game, though. Just get your spinner down and be sure to anchor your rod well. More than one rod has been lost overboard by an angler not watching as a salmon slams the spinner. There’s nothing you can do about it, but there’s a sea lion or two ranging around looking for an easy meal, and the big critters are known for taking a major part of the fish off the hook with a big bite. As one angler found out last year, you can’t shoot — or otherwise even harass — a sea lion.

Contact George deVilbiss at GeorgesColumn@aol.com.