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Wild turkey season near; Don Pedro closed to boats


Wild turkey season is coming up March 25 for adult hunters, but the juniors get a break by being allowed to hunt a week prior to the regular season, the weekend of March 18 and 19.

Junior hunters, age 17 or younger, must have their hunting license but are not required to have an Upland Game Bird stamp. Another break for the juniors is that they can hunt turkeys from May 1 through May 14, after the regular season closes.

This is good for young hunters just starting out and most will hunt with adult mentors.

The daily limit is one bearded turkey and three per season.

At Lake Don Pedro, the closure to all boating remains in effect but is expected to reopen when the spillway is closed.

For updated information, go to www.donpedrolake.com.

At New Melones Reservoir, the fast rising water is creating stained water in some areas and there is a lot of floating debris, including trees.

Trout anglers getting out are having some success by trolling flasher/worm combos which show up better in the off-color water.

Shore anglers are picking up some rainbows with Power Baits and marshmallow/worm combos.

Lake Pardee is drawing several anglers since the opening.

Most activity has been for shore anglers as there is a lot of debris in the lake making trolling more difficult. Weekly trout plants will continue.

For more information call (209) 772-1472.

Lake Camanche was 97 percent full last week and the clearest water was near the dam where a few rainbows are being caught.

There is a move beginning that would ban certain fishing tackle, such as metal lures and lead sinkers on all federal lands, including National Parks by 2022.

For more information go to www.sportfishingconservation.org.