Expect a season of pests

By: George deVilbiss
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With so much late rain this year, there has not been enough heat or north winds to dry up the large amounts of standing water.


As the weather warms, that means pesky critters like mosquitoes will start waking up from their cold weather, winter hibernation. They’ll be hungry and they’ll be looking to create whole new generations.


And all that standing water will be perfect spawning grounds for the female to lay her eggs and for them to incubate and hatch.


While we certainly needed the rains we received this past winter, there will definitely be a downside. Expected this year will be an overabundance of some pests and mosquitoes are expected to lead that list.


There’s little you can do about standing water on the ground, but there is a great deal you can do around home where other standing water may gather. Planters are notorious for holding a small little pond of water, a perfect area for a mosquito breeding ground.


Have an old tire that’s not mounted on a rim just lying around? It will hold water that will attract mosquitoes.


Look around for other items that may hold water and eliminate the chance of the little lady mosquito finding it and rearing the next generation.


Unless they’re blown around by strong winds, mosquitoes don’t travel miles to find you. It’s going to be morning and late afternoon hours when the critters are the most active. Limit your outside activity at this time and you can limit how much you are personally bothered.


There were times when mosquitoes were just a simple pest that caused you to itch like crazy for a while after being bitten. Today, however, there are diseases such as West Nile Virus transmitted by the mosquito.


If you need to be in an environment where mosquitoes are most active, take precautions. The best and most effective is a repellant. Scientifically proven is the ingredient “DEET” and the higher the concentration, the better.


When shopping for a repellant, read and compare the products. You’ll see a wide variety of DEET percentages.



SALMON: I got word from Pat Heaviside, skipper of the Bragg-N at Fort Bragg, “We got us a salmon season,” meaning the Pacific Fisheries Management Council has approved a salmon fishing season beyond April 30. I don’t yet have the full details as the decision was just made, but hopefully next week I will have everything you’ll need to go chasing Chinook salmon.


At Fort Bragg, the salmon fishing is still slow with just a few fish being caught, but Pat tells me that historically, it usually is slow this time of year, with the action to pick up in June and July. There’s been a downright terrific bite at Bodega Bay, however, with limits the rule when the water and weather has been favorable. The bite dropped off when the water got bouncy.


Folsom Lake: Bass are on the move and you’ll do great if you fish in the shallows. They can be easily spooked in this shallow of water, so make long casts so as not spook them. They tend to get touchy when they’re guarding a nest, so toss a reaction bait at them and they’ll hammer it when it gets too close for comfort.

There are still some trout and salmon for trollers in the Dike 8 and Granite Bay regions.


Sacramento River: Stripers, stripers, and more stripers. The river seems to be chucked full. The smaller males precede the bigger females and tons of the smaller males will greatly outnumber the bigger fish. But, the good news is that the “hogs” are moving in.

Some of the best striper fishing can be done at night. For some reason, the little shakers go to sleep and you won’t get constantly hammered by them, so when you do get bit, it will usually be by a keeper. Fish during the daylight hours, just have a lot of bait. You’ll have to wade through a lot of shakers before nailing one of keeper size.

The whole river system up to Verona has been seeing good rod bending action for those anchoring with the whole gamut of cut bait. You might minimize the smaller fish biting if you troll. Further upriver, Knights Landing to Colusa, there remains a good bite on schoolie bass. While there could be a big hog in the 30-pound class, look for most to be around 10 pounds. Best action is simply cutting the motor and drifting with a minnow. Just keep that minnow near the bottom.


Lake Pardee: More than 30,000 pounds of trout have been planted since they re-opened the lake to fishing in 2010. And there are many more to come. Anything planted are rainbows but some awfully big brown trout have been caught. Try 11-pounders. One in the river system and one by the dam.

There has also been many 3-6 pound rainbows caught, too. Because of cooler weather and cool water, fish are staying in the top 20-feet. Drop below that and you can take a nap trolling. You won’t get bit. If you troll the river, high ball up to Columbia Gulch to start trolling, and go upriver as far as Indian Rock.

Don’t have a boat? No biggie. You can still do well fishing from shore throughout the Rec Area Cove, but best action is going to be early mornings and late, late afternoons.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, contact George directly at