Sonoma son, and my old Sonoma Valley High School schoolmate, John Koeberer, was inducted as a member of the 2014 class of the California Outdoors Hall of Fame at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition last month.
John, who lives over in Calistoga now, operates The California Parks Company, which handles visitor services for Shasta/Trinity National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park and numerous federal, state, county and local parks and marinas across California. He was recognized for his leadership in outdoor recreation, innovations that he has championed in concession management and his humanitarian efforts.
Among them, he is an advocate of conscious capitalism within his company and awards his managers for their achievements in community service.
John was recently inducted into the Dragon Hall of Fame for playing on SVHS tennis teams in the 1960s that won four consecutive league championships. During his high school years, he was SVHS’s first international exchange student, traveling to Norway.
We’re in the midwinter fishing doldrums right now, and only the hardiest and craziest anglers head out. That said, there are a few good places to fish close to home and including the North Bay, where sturgeon and striped bass can be caught from the Pump House to China Camp.
Keith Fraser, at Loch Lomond Bait Shop, said there are good tides coming this weekend and that should improve the sturgeon bite. You may have to tolerate some well-needed rain while you’re fishing, but it is worth it.
Capt. Rick Powers, of Bodega Bay Sportfishing, continues to find limits of Dungeness crab and lots of sand dabs for his clients. Rick also books whale-watching trips most weekends. Call him at 875-3344.
Steelhead fishing on the Trinity River has been fair to good, and changes are in the works with the new rains. The same can be said for trout fishing on the upper Sacramento, upstream from Lake Shasta. Bob Grace, at the Ted Fay Fly Shop in Dunsmuir, said fly-fishers are catching a few big trout on the lower runs downstream of Simms Campground.
It may have gotten lost in the either on its way to me, but I finally received a fishing report from Michele Sloane on a great trip that Vince Sloane and Bill Rettle had last fall in Baja Mexico, Los Barriles.
Michele reported that the fishing couldn’t have been any better. They caught squid for bait and trolled using feathers and jigs. Fishing four days straight, they caught and released many fish and had a total catch count that included one marlin, five sail fish, 13 tuna, 15 trigger and 35 dorado (mahi-mahi). They brought home some fish to enjoy with family and friends.
The annual Fly Fishing Show is set for Feb. 21 to 23, at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. This 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, kids under 12 years old are $2, and children under 5 are free.
For more information go to flyfishingshow.com.