Len Ackerman

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Sonora Spurs Chapter, will hold its 11th annual Banquet April 8 at the Sonora Elk’s Club.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 7.

The evening will include games, giveaways, raffles, silent and live auctions for sporting firearms, wildlife art, hunting gear and other unique merchandise.

For ticket information, including sponsorships and reservations, call Elaine Wolfgang at (209) 532-0842 or (209) 768-0734.

Wild turkey season, incidentally, opened March 25 in California.

It has been announced that there will be no ocean salmon season this summer in northern California. Harbors affected will be Trinidad, Crescent City, and Eureka, as well as Brookings and Gold Beach in Oregon.

The problem is the poor return of salmon to the Klamath River Hatchery.

At New Melones Reservoir, the water level is up to 75 percent of full.

The trout bite has been slow the past week but the bass and crappie anglers have done well.

A few catfish have come in up to eight pounds.

The water temperature is 56 to 58 degrees. Most fish will become more active as the temperatures warm.

According to the Moccasin Creek Hatchery, trout plants will be cut back this year with Lake Don Pedro, Tulloch Reservoir and Melones receiving their allotment last Fall.

The next California Youth Shooting Sports Association (CYSSA) event will be at the Mother Lode Gun Club April 8.

Lunker report: A 17.02-pound largemouth bass was caught recently at Lake Kaweah by Garry Wasson of Kingsburg. The big fish was released after photographs.