The Union Democrat Sports Department


For The Union Democrat

With 2014 just around the corner, let's take a look back at the year that was.

January-The waterfowl season was winding down and the final days produced some fairly good shooting.

Danny Layne and Bob McMahon, of Sonora, along with Ron Wilson, of Modesto had a good shoot, bagging five ducks and four Canada Geese at Modesto Reservoir.

February-The special Junior Hunt for youths under 16 and private clubs and state refuges hosted many happy young hunters.

The Hollister Club near Gustine also hosted five wounded Marines and Navy men from Camp Pendleton and they enjoyed bagging duck limits.

March-Shore fishing at New Melones continued to be good.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife assisted Kokanee Power in placing German brown trout into pens for later release in Melones. That would be the final time brown trout would be planted in California.

April-Trout stream season opened near the of the month.

Kokanee began to show at Melones and Don Pedro.

The Annual Free Fishing Seminar at Glory Hole Sports drew good numbers.

May-Anglers were targeting kokanee at Melones and Don Pedro and stream fishermen found planted trout and holdovers along the Stanislaus and Tuolumne River systems.

June-The Purple Heart Anglers fishing event at Melones was a big hit with about 30 vets in attendance.

The event was hosted by Glory Hole Sports, local guides, and private boaters. Veterans had a great time catching fish.

The Pinecrest Fish Fair at Pinecrest Lake had a good attendance of youngsters learning about fishing and the environment.

July-Night fishing became popular at the lower lakes with the sizzling triple digit temperatures.

A two-day Kokanee Power Derby drew over 100 anglers to Melones.

Dick Anderson, Bob King, and this writer had some good outings at Beardsley Lake.

Salmon season opened on July 16.

August-The Backpackers Literary Guild made its 28th annual trip into the Emigrant Wilderness.

Archery deer season opened in zone D-6.

September-Dove season opened on the first.

Layne tested the Sacramento River and was able to boat three salmon up to 21 pounds.

I fished there on Sept. 7 and boated two kings up to 12 pounds.

The zone D-6 general deer season opened and the CDFW check station on Highway 108 examined in 27 bucks.

October-Waterfowl season opened Oct. 19 and the Central Valley likely sounded like a war zone.

I suffered a leg injury on the fourth and will most likely miss the whole season.

November-The November "slump" set in for duck hunters who are hoping for some foul weather.

Stream trout season ended on the 15th.

Game bird hunters still had wild turkey, pheasant, quail, and dove to pursue.

December-Cold storms and a freeze up north finally moved new migratory waterfowl into the Central Valley and improved the hunting at private clubs and State and Federal refuges.

Shore fishing continued to be good at Melones.

A Happy New Yearto all and may anglers catch the big one and may the north wind blow for duck hunters through January.