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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 10, 20"10 3A Can priuate ponds st00,:le bass;' CALIFORNIA OUTDOORS CARRIE WILSON California Department of Fish & Game What is the best bass of small ponds? Q: We want to purchase some bass and bluegill for our four-acre pond in North- ern California. We plan to use catch-and-release tech- niques to teach our kids how to fish. What would be the best kind of bass to buy? I as- sume largemouth bass or spotted bass would work best. Please advise me as to which type to buy and where to get them. Thanks very much. A: The best bass for a small pond are going to be either the Northern or Florida strain of largemouth bass. According to Associate Fisheries Biologist Jay Rowan, the northern strain largemouth bass are general- ly easier to catch and can grow to very large sizes in a pond environment. The Florida strain are a lit- tle more difficult to catch but are thought to have the genet- ic potential to grow to larger sizes than their northern cousins. Growth rates and maxi- mum size of the fish are de- pendent on the stocking den- sity, food supplies and water temperatures. Since this is a relatively small pond in Northern Cali- fornia, Rowan suggests you start out with northern strain bass for several years to see how they do. In your pond, the northern strain fish should get a longer growing season be- cause cooler spring and fall i temperatures [affect hem less. Becatis of the longer growing season, you may also actually wind up with larger fish than ff you went with the Florida strain from the start. In addition, the northern strain bass are not quite as wily as the Flori- da strain so the kids should catch more fish. Bass, as well as bluegill and other forage fish, can be purchased from the aquacul- turists listed on the DFG web- Can you use lighted arrow nocks when bow hunting? Q: We are bow hunters and are wondering if there are any regulations against using the new, lighted arrow nocks? They turn on when shot from your bow and stay on until you turn them off. They operate by a small lithi- um battery and will stay on / for many hours if needed, z The light makes it eaer to site below. DFG information- follow theban5 of the arrow al leaflets No6 andNo.23JJ0ce released and will stay which deal with private stocking permits and Farm Fish Pond Management in California, respectively, are available from our website and are suggested reading. Keep in mind it is not legal to catch fish from one body of water and then transport those fish alive to stock your pond. The only legal source of fish for stocking purposes is a licensed aquaculturist. Private stocking permits are issued on a county-by- county basis and some coun- ties require new prospective waters to be inspected first by a DFG fishery biologist or aquaculturist before a permit is issued. Once DFG starts approving permits again, you can get the stocking permit process started by contacting one of the approved aquaculturists listed on the DFG website at on/Permits/Aquaculture. on until retrieved from the animal or wherever it ends up. A: There are no prohibi- tions against this accessory as long as it doesn't emit light to help find and illuminate potential game animals, thus giving the hunter an unfair -advantage. In this case this component appears to serve only as a vi- sual lighted marker to help the archer watch the course the arrow takes upon release. Definition of nock: A nock is the slotted portion at the back of the arrow that sits against the bow string and holds the arrow in place until the archer is released. If you have a second rod stamp, can you use two rods everywhere in Cali- fornia? Q: What are the rules of the second rod stamp? I've heard that as long as we have this stamp we can now fish with two rods in all waters of the state. Is this correct? A: Not exactly. By purchas- ing the two rod stamp and af- fixing it to your license, li- censed anglers and anglers under 16 years of age may fish with up to two rods in all inland waters that allow for the taking of fish by angling. The only exceptions are for those waters in which only artificial lures or barbless hooks may be used (CCR T-14 Section 2.00). In these gear-re- stricted waters, only one rod may be used--even if you have a second rod stamp. Carrie E. Wilson Carrie Wilson is a 20-year DFG veter- an and an avid outdoor enthu- siast, angler and hunter. She is a marine biologist with a strong background of profes- sional experience working in both fisheries and wildlife management. An established and award- winmng outdoor writer, Car- rie enjoys tackling the tough questions from the public and will be regularly tapping into the expertise of DFG's game wardens and many fisheries, wildlife and marine biologists to best cover all the topics. While she can't personally answer everyone's questions, she will select a few to answer in this column each week. Contact her at CalOut- Ranch tires collected The Plum as County De- partment of Public Works has announced a fourth tire amnesty event. This year the event will be April 24 in Greenville. Intermountain Disposal and Feather River Disposal will accept oversized farm and ranch tires at the Delleker, Quincy and Chester trans- fer sites, April 2 - 11, at no cost, during regular operat- ing hours. The county will transfer the tires to Greenville. Tires must be removed from their wheels to be accepted. According to Phyllis Tad- dei, the department's fiscal officer and event coordina- tor, a successful oversized tire program could assist the department in repeating the program at future events. For more information, call Taddei at 283-6268. Manual & Aquatic Therapy Orthopedic & Sports Injuries Post-surgical Rehabilitation Sciatica Program PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 4-H club meets The American Valley 4- H Club held its February meeting Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Mineral Build- ing. Brittany Wilcox called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m. Dalton Wilcox led the flag salute. The treasurer's report was given; the club's balance is the same. There was a vote to pay a bill in the amount of $560 for 34 club memberships and insurance. The club voted to pay the bill due to county council. Chyanne Morrison gave a project report on arts and cooking. Jace Cham- plin-Spackman gave a re- port on swine project. The 4-H pledge was led by Lane Coehlo. The meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m. At the end of the meeting, members had a Valentine's cookie ex- change. The next meetings are March 10, and April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Mineral Building. Please call for a vision and eye examination at 283-2020. :.FRIDEN OPTOMETRY Jonathan Friden, O.D. Joshua Baer, O.D. Formerly Drs. Gilman & Gilman 68 Central Ave. Quincy 283-2020 Complete vision and eye care, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye*examination, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. $670 ReWaRD for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered Molly. Molly was in a yard on Redberg Ave. in East Quincy. Thursday, February 18, about 11:00am, she was shot and killed. Contact Deputy Sheriff Tom Froggatt at 283-6375 Grand Spring Opening ~ Friday, March 19 ~ Newly remodeled New menus! 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