Fishing Report

Michael Condon
Staff Writer


"If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world."  Will Rogers


The fall weather brings cooler water temperatures that shake the fish out of their summer doldrums. Winter is not too far off, so the fish instinctively eat more to build up their fat stores to sustain them through the cold weather to come.

The fall colors will most certainly add to a great day in the outdoors. So pack a picnic, grab your camera and fishing gear, and head out for a gorgeous fall day.


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FRC Womens' basketball looking for alumni to challenge

The Feather River College women’s basketball team is organizing an alumni game for Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 6 p.m.

There is no charge to play, but for $30, participants can be part of the FRC football game tailgate party earlier that day and a gathering at Pizza Factory after the game. The festivities are also open to those who don’t want to play in the game.

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California Outdoors for the week of 10/26/2011

Turning in wasted waterfowl

Question: Last year during waterfowl season my son and I were hunting in a state wildlife area on a pond. As we were wading across the pond on our way out we found a dead duck on the edge of the pond. The bird had clearly been shot and in the water for perhaps a day or two. We picked up the bird and gave it to the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) folks at the check-out station when we turned in our shoot cards for the day and showed our harvested birds.

We were told that since the bird was “in our possession” it counted toward our daily bag total. And since we had limited out, we were now over limit for the day. The folks acknowledged that the bird had probably been dead for a couple of days, but chided us that in the future we should just “let the dead bird lay there” because some animal will eat it eventually. We were not cited but we’re wondering if our behavior was illegal.

Answer: According to DFG Assistant Chief Mike Carion, picking up the duck does add it to the possession of the person. If you find a dead duck and already have a limit, it is best to leave it. Predators and scavengers will quickly put it to use.

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Portola tops East Nicolaus

Shannon Morrow

Ricky Lowdermilk focuses on the game. Lowdermilk captured three interceptions in Portola’s win last Friday night. Photo by Shannon Morrow

Sports Editor

The Portola High School football team improved its record to 4-4 last Friday night, when the Tigers posted a 41-24 victory over the visiting East Nicolaus Spartans.

The Tigers, relying primarily on their well-honed running game, totaled 296 yards rushing. Zach Martinez led the attack with 20 carries for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

East Nicolaus was never able to key on Martinez, thanks to Portola’s three other competent ball carriers. Klint Williams earned 74 yards on nine carries, Oscar Romero gained 49 yards on six carries and Ricky Lowdermilk claimed 40 yards on three carries.

Lowdermilk delivered a 36-yard touchdown run for Portola’s opening score, and Romero recorded the Tigers’ next touchdown, also in the first quarter.

Martinez contributed Portola’s next three offensive touchdowns, one in the second quarter and two in the third quarter.

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Two upcoming benefit golf tournaments

The 30th annual Purple Pride Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at Plumas Pines Golf Resort, with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

The tournament is being organized by the Portola Booster Club, which helps fund athletics and academics at Portola High School.

The cost is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and a steak dinner. Dinner can be purchased by non-golfers for $25. There will also be a great prize drawing.

Donations and tee sponsors are still needed.

To sign up or donate, call Portola High School at 530-832-4284 or email bmiller@pcoe.k12.ca.us.

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