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Sportsmen’s Expo in Sacramento is open

YOUTH FISHING POND where kids can catch fish is part of the 20,000 square feet devoted to you at this weekend’s Sportsmens Expo in Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Sports Expos

YOUTH FISHING POND where kids can catch fish is part of the 20,000 square feet devoted to you at this weekend’s Sportsmens Expo in Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Sports Expos

By Bill Lynch

The annual Sportsmen’s Expo in Sacramento opened yesterday (Thursday) and runs through Sunday, Jan. 12. This huge event for outdoor folks takes place at the Cal Expo grounds. Tickets are $15 for adults, and children under 16 years old and active duty military personnel are free.

It’s like a candy store for hunters, anglers, hikers and campers.  There are 600 companies with exhibits in five separate buildings and outdoor spaces, including fishing and hunting outfitters and guides; fishing tackle and gear; boats, motors and marine accessories; travel, vacation, lodges and resorts; RVs and campers; outdoor apparel; mountain living furnishings; wildlife art; trucks, trailers, UTVs, ATVs, and more. There is 20,000 square feet devoted to youth.

Special features include a 3D pop-up archery range; RMEF great elk tour; Eastman’s trophy deer display; sporting-dog arena; RMEF adventure theater; ultimate bass aquarium; fly casting pond; a 300-foot hipline ride; and the list goes on.

The Expo is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

To get more information, go to sportsexpo.com.

Locally, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked rainbow trout in Santa Rosa’s Lake Ralphine and Marin’s Bon Tempe Lake this week.

The ocean rockfish season ended Dec. 31, but Capt. Rick Power,s of Bodega Bay Sportfishing, is taking anglers out for sand dabs and crab this month. Call Rick at 875-3344.

Apparently, fishing at Clear Lake, Berryessa and Sonoma has been slow this week, either that or anglers are just not reporting in.

Fly-fishing for rainbow trout is good now on the Sacramento River between Redding and Red Bluff. Steelhead action is fair to good on the Trinity and Klamath rivers.

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 14, when the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) honors Sam Sebastiani in a special event at Ramekins here in Sonoma. Tickets are $100 a person and available by calling 855-251-GGSA (4472) or by visiting goldengatesalmonassociation.com.