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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Glory Hole Sports Big Fish of the Week goes to Bob Byrd who caught a 1-pound, 8-ounce trout while trolling a flasher/crawler combo. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 648,792 acre-feet of water. The lake level came up three feet this past week and continues to rise daily. It is currently at 887 feet above sea level and 198 feet from full. There is still some snow to melt in the high country, hopefully the runoff will continue to fill the lake and offset releases. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake. The water temperature is gradually rising, with the average being 74-80 degrees. The dam area is still buoyed off. Glory Hole Point... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago

The best Father’s Day ever! We all know Dad loves a good grill session. And since it’s a given he likes baseball too, we’ve got the perfect Father’s Day teed up and ready to go. This Sunday, bring Dad and the rest of the family out to Raley Field for our Father’s Day BBQ. You all can sit back and relax; we’ll take care of the grill (and the cleanup) with a special ticket & BBQ package. Make it easy this Father’s Day, and join us for some BBQ and baseball.

Tonight, June 16 vs. Fresno Grizzlies (HOU) @ 7:05 p.m.

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Am I allowed to have brabed hooks in my boat? Here is your answer from CDFW. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Fishing for Salmon and Rockfish with Mixed Tackle?

Question: I fish out of Port San Luis. When fishing for salmon in a private boat, as long as I am trolling with barbless hooks, am I allowed to have barbed hooks in my boat? I am asking because we would like to troll for salmon in the morning and rockfish in the afternoon. Last year we didn't know what to do so we fished with salmon gear in the morning, then came back in and swapped for our rockfishing gear. That extra trip cost us two hours of travel time and a lot of extra fuel....

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
CDFW adds five new k-9 Wildlife Officer teams. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division recently certified five new K-9s and their handlers. These teams completed the extensive law enforcement K-9 training academy over the past few months in Tehama County.

Four of the teams are handlers and dogs that are both new to CDFW's K-9 program, while the fifth team is veteran wildlife officer and handler Brian Boyd and his new K-9 "Champ." Boyd and his previous and soon to be retired K-9 "Phebe" were both featured extensively on the National...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
The 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will be held Friday, June 17. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Join the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics — 4 mile run/bicycle ride Friday, June 17. Check-in will be in the Mule Creek parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Participants will run from MCSP to Pizza Factory, Ione. Run begins at 9 a.m. and finishes around 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served at Pizza Factory before return to MCSP. Participants receive a Special Olympics shirt with a $25 registration. To register contact: Eddie Escobar, MCSP (209) 274-5019, or Ione Chief Busby at (209) 274-2456. You may also donate online: ... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
The fish are biting — come out to New Melones. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Water Conditions: New Melones Lake is currently holding 633,162 acre-feet of water. The lake level came back up two feet this past week and continues to rise daily. It is currently at 884 ft. above sea level and 201 ft. from full. There is plenty of snow to melt in the high country, hopefully the runoff will help fill the lake and offset releases. The water clarity is clear in most of the lake. The water temperature is gradually rising, with the average being 70-78 degrees. The dam area is still buoyed off. Glory Hole Point... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Raley Field Brewfest Friday is June 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Photo courtesy to the ALD

We have a beer lover’s nirvana teed up and ready to go for you at our 10th annual Raley Field Brewfest. You’ll be able to find plenty of craft IPAs, Porters, Lagers, Hefs and much more at Raley Field this Friday, June 10 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. More than 50 of Northern California’s best breweries and 3,000 of your newest friends will be there.

* For more information, including a list of participating breweries, click Brewfest

* To purchase your tickets click beer Remember, your designated driver’s admission is free!

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
James Harris named to California League All-Star roster. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Stockton Ports outfielder James Harris has been named to the 2016 Mid-Season All-Star roster to represent the Ports and is scheduled to appear in the starting lineup of this year’s game in Lake Elsinore. The outfielder is scheduled to start the game on June 21.

The Bay Area native is currently ranked tenth in the California League batting average and second on the team with a .302 average, in addition to his 41 runs and 13 doubles on the year in his 57 games played.

Harris was picked up by the Athletics as a free agent in April...

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Why tag large trophy trout? Photo courtesy to the ALD

Question: A friend caught a tagged fish in Deadman’s Creek near Glass Creek in Mono County. The tag was on the top fin of the fish, orange in color, about one inch long and slightly thinner than a spaghetti noodle with black printing on it. The message on the tag read: “CA DFW TROPHY – DO NOT REPORT.” What exactly does this mean? (Paul and Gloria W.)

Answer: This was likely a derby fish from Crowley Lake that migrated upstream. According to California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fisheries Environmental Scientist Nick...

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Jack Mitchell
05/20/2016 10:08 AM
The Sacramento River Cats are ready to make Memorial Day memories. Photo courtesy to the ALD

It’s another jam-packed weekend at Raley Field, but this one could be my favorite. We get to honor servicemen and women from all over the Sacramento region for Salute to Armed Forces, and the flight suit jerseys we’ve teed up will make it a night to remember. Also, I love seeing all the families that come out for KLOVE Sunday Fundays and for our annual Memorial Day BBQ. Make River Cats baseball part of your Memorial Day Weekend plans!

Friday, May 27 vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers (LAD) @ 7:05 p.m.

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Jack Mitchell
05/20/2016 10:03 AM
Plan a fun oputing to Stockton with the Ports back at home. Photo courtesy to the ALD

With the Ports back in town May 20 as they host the visiting Visalia Rawhide at Banner Island Ballpark, fans can look forward to a week-long homestand of premium promotions, including a tribute to Stockton’s favorite food and the chance for spectators to bring their four-legged friends to a game.

Friday, May 20th – The first 1,000 lucky fans in attendance will receive a Friday alternate replica jersey as part of the Ports’ Free Shirt Friday giveaway series, courtesy of Premier Staffing as the Ports begin a four-game homestand...

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Jack Mitchell
05/20/2016 9:58 AM
Recreational Dungeness crab Fishery now open Statewide. Photo courtesy to the ALD
The last remaining stretch of coast is open to the recreational fishery today and will open to the commercial fishery on May 26, after a seven day notice period. Today the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), after consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), that it recommends lifting the last remaining closure of the Dungeness crab fishery... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
05/20/2016 9:52 AM
Family waterfowl hunting at the Yolo Wildlife Area Basin. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Question: I just took my first Hunter Education Class last week at the age of almost 60. I am interested to put my training into practice and bring my kids and grandkids into it as well. What is a good plan to begin hunting that can include all of us, since I have never had anyone to teach me how to start? (Ken B., Palo Alto)

Answer: First of all, welcome to the exciting camaraderie of California hunters. We can recommend several options. First, put your new Hunter Education Certificate to use right away by purchasing your hunting...

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Jack Mitchell
05/18/2016 10:13 AM
Early afternoon on Thursday, May 19, expect Amgen to be passing through Amador County. Rolling closures can cause delays of 10-15 minutes, so plan accordingly.

The Amgen Tour of California will be zipping into town this Thursday, May 19.

As one of the longest and most challenging routes in race history, the fifth stage of the AMGEN Tour of California 2016 will be passing through Amador County on May 19. The AMGEN Tour is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that will be staged throughout California, and it just happens to include a long stretch of road in Amador County.

For most of the way through Amador County, the cyclists will be following Highway 88, beginning in the...

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Jack Mitchell
05/12/2016 12:26 PM
Last year, shortly after the Northern California Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech, Zane Mathison received an iPad with an ACC app. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As you may recall, this past month I published information regarding the 2016 Northern California Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech which will take place on May 14 at Amador High School, 330 Spanish Street, Sutter Creek.

May 14, also happens to be Apraxia Awareness Day at Amador High School. For those of you unfamiliar with apraxia of speech, it is caused by brain disease or damage. The brain is unable to make and deliver correct movement instructions to the body.

One type of apraxia affects speech. The brain struggles...

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Jack Mitchell
05/12/2016 11:43 AM
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Stockton will hold their grand opening May 21 and 22. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Sky Zone Stockton will be hosting its Grand Opening at 5358 Pacific Avenue, in Sherwood Mall, Stockton CA on Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Bring your friends and family and enjoy jumping, face painting, mascots, food, fun and much more.

“Sky Zone is a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination perfect for all ages and we could not be more thrilled to be part of the Stockton community” said Johnnie Hernandez, owner of Sky Zone Stockton. “Fusing fun and fitness is the key to an active and...

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Jack Mitchell
05/12/2016 11:29 AM
Dungeness crabs from the San Francisco Bay Area. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch from Carrie Wilson

DIY Personal Domoic Acid Testing of Crabs?

Question: Is there any kind of Domoic acid test kit available that a consumer can use to test his/her own crabs? I would think there would be a lot of interest in this. I love to catch and eat crabs but also hate risking getting sick! (Bob W.)

Answer: If you do a google search you will find some kits that state they will detect Domoic acid toxins in shellfish, marine algae and water samples. However, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)...

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Jack Mitchell
05/12/2016 11:15 AM
It's not too late to participate in The Color Run in Los Angeles on May 21. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Color Run is excited to be coming to Los Angeles, CA on May 21 for our Tropicolor World Tour. If you aren't familiar with The Color Run, we are happy to share the details! The Color Run is a 5k untimed event where participants will experience an all-new Tropicolor Zone™. They will be bathed in a tropical array of colors and delicious island scents as they pass through the shade of palm trees, arches, and island-style music. At the Finish Festival, Color Runners will enjoy even more fun at Rainbow Beach, an interactive island... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
05/12/2016 11:03 AM
The 18th Annual Race For The Arts 5k will be held Saturday, August 27. Registration is now open. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The 18th Annual Race for the Arts — Always more than a run, it's an experience. Run, walk, jog, cheer, perform, get a booth or visit a booth, it's easy to get involved. Get a pledge or give a pledge. Grab your running shoes, friends, family, co-workers and neighbors and take part in the 18th annual Race for the Arts in shady William Land Park. Race for the Arts is for the serious runners (5k timed by B-tag) and the not-so-serious. Register and receive a T-shirt, refreshments, and socks by Trumpette. Prices to participate vary on... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
05/05/2016 11:26 AM
Jim Cross with his first place prize catch from the NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge held on Saturday, April 30 at Lake Camanche. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Lake Camanche:

Two Tournaments and a Kid's fishing Event made for a very busy angler's weekend here at Lake Camanche last week. Those that reported favorite baits this week listed powerbait, rainbow powerbait and spoons. Just outside the buoy line at the dam, south shore day use and the pond were all listed for best spots to fish.

The North Shore Main Courtesy Ramp is now open. South Shore Courtesy Ramp is still at low water ramp #1 until the new ADA walkway is completed down to the ADA dock.

1,800 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout...

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