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Record, Reporter Hunting, Fishing Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 5C m m Northeastern Cali- waterfowl sea- this weekend, the of Fish and eager hunters Uncertain what de- now that cal or me- wing or decoys is pro- until Saturday, Dec. st, the California Commission following regula- the use of ical spin- or spinning blade to use elec mechanically.oper blade devices Wing decoys to take wa- the start of season and Dec. 1. of this regu- red spin- and kites "POWered devices or kites are still allowed as are decoys include the common any other motorized decoys T-post-mounted decoys with a (flapping wing or vibrating bird-like body and spinning decoys) that do not use a wings, the goal-post-mounted- spinning blade or wing. paddle-shaped blades that DFG biologists have said spin, and a host of other the temporary ban will allow homemade decoys that have adequate evaluation of the ef- a spinning wing that flashes fectiveness of the motorized dark and light. He added that decoys. The evaluation is wardens will critical for long-term protec- use the follow- tion and management of wa- ing enforce- terfowl populations and will ment guide- allow development of meth- lines regard- ods that offer opportunities ing the use of for waterfowl hunters. "The electrical or spinning wing and spinning mechanical mY blade decoys try to mimic the spinning wing flashing of a bird's wings, or spinning thus luring the waterfowl to- blade decoys wards the decoy," said DFG as defined in Capt. Joe Pecsi. "Over the CCR Title 14 last three years, the use of Section 507(c): Joe Pecsi spinning wing duck decoys - Use of me- DFG Captain also known as moto-ducks, or chanical or roto-ducks - has increased, electric de- We feel an obligation to alert coys with spinning hunters that they may not wings/blade operated by oth- use some of the decoys that er than wind are prohibited they have in the past." prior to Saturday, Dec. 1, in Pecsi said the prohibited all hunting zones. ,. Many of these decoys have a remote control to turn the wings on and off, there- fore use is defined as a decoy that has an operational pow- er source. For purposes of this regulation, such a decoy on water, on a pole, on shore' or otherwise positioned to po- feel an obh'gation to alert hunters that they not use some of the that they have in the ff tentially attract waterfowl will be considered as being in use as an electronic~mechan- ical decoy unless the motor is disabled or removed, or the batteries or other power source is removed or the de- conditions may reduce !conditions may re- at the western regional office, Scaup and northern pin- drought said mallard, gadwall, green- tail, Dr. Reid said, are not do- in portions of winged teal, blue-winged.teal ing as well as waterfowl biol- the west- and redhead populations all ogists would hope. Scaup was are expect- were lower this year than in down 8 percent in the 2000 to fall flight in 2000. Green-winged teal 2001comparison, and is down y. The de- counts were 21 percent below 31 percent below the species may have a nega- the 2000 figures. Mallard long-term average. While Pon the Pacific counts reflected a 17 percent northern pintails increased decline and gadwall counts13 percent in the year-to-year U.S. Fish and were off15 percent, comparison, the species is survey of This 14 percent decline, down 23 percent in the long reported a 14 while watched carefully byterm. decline. The waterfowl biologists, must be The count has implications attributed to se-viewed as a long-term trend, for California hunters, who in much of A1- rather than a specific num- suffered through a poor sea- and southern ber, Dr. Reid cautioned. The son last year. The 2000 hunt- and Montana. survey estimated the bird ing season was marked by declined population at 41.8 million, Warm conditions and few Pacific Fly- and that is 9 percent above windy days. Dr. Reid noted, if areas. Alberta the average count taken from weather conditions are simi- 28 percent. 1955 through 2000. lar in the 2001-2002 season, was down 23 The overall declines do not harvests will be reduced. If, north and 16 reflect what is happening to however, conditions to the specific species. Americannorth are cold and dry, while in duck popu- wigeon counts were not sig- California experiences windy the western nificantly different from 2000 shoot days, hunting may be !d a drop in the to 2001, Dr. Reid said, but the improved compared to last POnds has led species overall population is year. Inc., biolo- down 6 percent. The hunting season varies Regional Viewed over time, gadwall,throughout California, but all the fall northern shoveler, green- zones open to ducks in mid- winged teal and blue-winged' Oc[bSbr. Youth hunt days DUs Direc- teal counts all are above the have been set by the Califor- Planning long-term averages. - nia Department of Fish and Game on Sept. 29 and 30 in the northeastern zone; Jan. 26 and 27 in the southern San Joaquin Valley and southern California zones; and Jan. 26 in the Colorado River zone. Lake Davis is The sur- are low sixties. Oved into the size is running is open. as fair to ;sday, Oct. 3, Fair and 19 fish On Oct. 12, Lrd and Roger 11 fish. In fish were locat- Caught on the wiggley Others were a beadhead fished on a Cator. Fish the camp five to Shore fishing from the jetty at Eagle Lake Marina contin- ues to improve as evidenced by a 4.9 pound trout caught Oct. 5 after noon. The use of night crawlers, PowerBait and jigs are working best for shore and still-fishing. Trolling works best using night crawlers, spinners, needlefish and a wide variety of trolling flies. Ample camping is available at the south shore with Christie and Eagle camp- grounds open. Merrill Camp- ground is scheduled to re- open Oct. 17. Camping and marina services will be avail- able in the south shore area until mid.November. Camp- ing information is available by calling 825-3212. For cur- rent fishing and boating in- formation, call Eagle Lake Marina at 825-3454. Fnmchm~m Lake The fishermen have been doing pretty well at French- man Lake this past week. Cold night temperatures have brought rainbows of all sizes closer in. The west side of the lake is turning over, so conditions there are very weedy. Also, there is little water left at the north end. Your best bet is to try Turkey Point or the dam. Many bank fishermen are re- porting catching limits in these areas. The standard bait is night- crawlers and rainbow Power- Bait. Trollers are doing well trolling nightcrawlers and flashers near Crystal and Turkey Point. The campgrounds are offi- cially closed. Dry camping is still available at French- man's and Spring Creek campgrounds. Improving. Jenkins Ood areas are and Camp ently, night been as effec- fair. Current shallow wa- for trolling and needle- Under the sur- recommend at least boat. caught last weighing Early to Was quite due to the the pass- mOon and with Weather, the LmProve over We will make your vacation arrangements! .Bw a 3 or O l ss, f en ff e or aay is FREE Disney Pgc 9es & Califorma Adventure Park Suscmville .74144 * sso Ash st. Quincy m.lOl4,1o crescent SL coy is otherwise determined to be inoperable. 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