Good tides for sturgeon


Good strong tides prevail through the weekend and mean that the best chances for catching sturgeon in the North Bay will be today through Sunday.

Kevin Wolf, and Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael, said that a few anglers have been hooking sturgeon plus a few striped bass in the area of the Pump House. He added there was a lot of herring spawning near China Camp, which is apparently good news and bad news, because the sturgeon appear to be stuffed with herring row, and not all that interested in anything else.

Clients of Capt. Rick Powers, of Bodega Bay Sportfishing, are still bringing home limits of dungeness crab plus buckets full of sand dabs on virtually every trip. Rick will keep offering these combo trips until ocean salmon action begins on April 1.

Rick is also offering whale-watching trips every Saturday, Sunday and recognized holidays. The trips cost $55 for adults and $35 for children ages 12-and-under. The whales are in their peak migration and there are a lot to see, Rick said. Call him at 875-3344.

Dottie and I just got back from Portland where we spent a few days with our son, Ryan, and daughter-in-law, Rachel. The weather was cold and we didn’t fish, but Oregon’s weather is only a slightly damper, colder version of ours right now. The state has had some heavy rains, but not those steady regular storms it normally gets.

As a result the fishing up there is a mixed bag. The catch-and-release sturgeon fishery on the lower Willamette River remains the best in the area.

Steelhead fishing is fair on the Clackamas, Sandy, and North Santiam rivers, while further south, the Rogue is still pretty good for fly-fishers.

The eastern part of Oregon is almost as dry as we are, and trout fishing has been fair, but the water in most rivers is below seasonal norms.

The annual Fly Fishing Show is set for Feb. 21 to 23 at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. This is a nice, compact affair fully focused on fly-fishing, with lots of videos, demos, outfitter booths, and tackle and fly-tying stuff. Well worth a visit if you like fly-fishing. Tickets are $15 for adult, $2 for kids under 12 and children under 5 are free.

For more information, go to flyfishingshow.com.

If you lived in the Bay Area and listened to AM radio a lot in previous decades, you will remember the Frank and Mike show on KNBR featuring Frank Dill and Mike Cleary.

The show went off the air when Frank retired and the station changed to an all-sports talk format. Mike did some other radio work, but in 2012, he retired and recently completed his first novel.

The title is “Spiritual Mischief,” published by the Washen Press and available in print and for Kindle on Amazon. I’m sure that Readers’ Books in Sonoma can order it for you.

I read it during my trip to Oregon and loved it. If you ever listen to Mike’s imaginative and funny bits on the radio, then you will recognize that he has successfully transitioned that humor to the written page. The book includes the kind of zany characters Mike did so well on the radio cast in an implausible plot that takes place on an Alaskan cruise. I did a lot of smiling while reading.

Buy it. You’ll like it.