The Definitive Guide to Fishing Northern California

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The Definitive Guide to Fishing Northern California

Complete with more than 900 color photo graphs, 768 pages of fishing informations and tips from the best guides and pros in Northern California, The Definitive Guide to Fishing Northern California is the most comprehensive fishing books ever compiled on Northern California. This full color, glossy book covers more than 525 lakes, reservoirs, rivers, ponds and streams in Northern California and tells you the truth and secrets on how to fish each and every spot.

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3 Responses to “The Definitive Guide to Fishing Northern California”
  1. Ryan J. Hollister says:
    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best California Fishing Guide EVER, June 28, 2005
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    Ryan J. Hollister (Manteca, Ca USA) –
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    This review is from: The Definitive Guide to Fishing Northern California (Paperback)
    Chris Shaffer has outdone himself with this third installment of the “Definitive Guide to Fishing California” series. Having received the Central California guide two years ago as a Christmas gift, and absolutely loving it, I’d been eagerly awaiting Shaffer’s newest release.

    Without a doubt, this “Northern California Guide” will keep any angler busy with a lifetime full of great angling. Nearly 800 (!) pages of superb information and photo’s are packed into this book. Every major and minor body of freshwater from the Oregon border to the northern San Joaquin delta are described by no less than one full page of text and rated on a scale from 1 (no fish) to 10 (One of the top 20 fisheries in CA.). Shaffer fished every single body of water listed in the book, consulted with pros, and even snorkeled many of the waters to get a first-hand glimpse of the fish population. Shaffer does a great job describing in detail why a certain body of water was rated the way it was, even including unusual biological factors like how the endangered yellow-legged frogs have caused the DFG to cease planting in many high sierra lakes. Having fished nearly thirty of the spots listed in his Central California book, I can vouch for the accuracy of his ratings system.

    Shaffer writes with a very personable tone and readily divulges the best methods to catch fish on each body of water. He even lets readers know how challenging it is to reach each body of water. Many of the waters are drive-to, while the remaining are hike-to waters which range from an easy path to butt-kicking five mile hikes. Shaffer’s directions are easy to follow, and he also lists local guides and fishing shops to contact for further information in his “If you plan on making the trip” section of the review.

    Having owned this jewel of a book for only a week, I have fished five spots described and landed nearly 60 trout in three days using Shaffer’s tips. There literally is something for every fisherperson in this book.

    The only downside to this book? Your arms may get tired from holding this behemoth of fishing literature after several hours of reading!

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  2. Tandy K. Bozeman says:
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This book is a pleasant surprise, March 20, 2006
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    Tandy K. Bozeman (Lake Almanor CA) –
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    This review is from: The Definitive Guide to Fishing Northern California (Paperback)
    I opened this “definitive guide” with trepidation as I assumed that the book was one of those something-for-everyone tomes that covers a lot of territory, but lacks the sort of specific detail about any one location that would prepare a novice or expert fisherperson setting out to try new spots. I was dead wrong-this book is big, heavy (don’t drop it on your foot), and impressively detailed. I checked out the fishing locations with which I am most familiar in Plumas County (prime trout country with several world famous streams) and was impressed that Chris Shaffer writes about my home area like a knowledgeable insider. Places that I thought were little known and the preserve of local anglers are all in the book. With Shaffer’s book you will learn about great fishing spots in my backyard that I would just as well prefer to keep secret. I would venture to guess that this sort of detailed description is true of other areas in Northern California covered by Shaffer, but with which I am not personally familiar. In sum, this book is a splendid reference and well worth the price.

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  3. Jordan Mee says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing acheivement but not perfect, September 29, 2013
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    First off, this book represents an amazing achievement. The author, Chris Shaffer fished all of the hundreds of waters listed in this book in the course of just a few years, that in itself seems like it must be an achievement worthy of a book or even a documentary.

    This book gives an overview of many different freshwater places which are available for fishing in Northern California. It is a lot of fun to flip through the book and imagine all of the different places available to fish in California. I’ve read about many amazing sounding places to go fishing which were not previously on my fishing radar, such as the Fall River in Shasta county. The author generally does a very good job of describing what sort of fish are available to catch in a given body of water and some of the places where you might expect to find them.

    I had not previously realized how reliant on stocking (planting of hatchery reared fish) trout fishing is in many waters throughout California. The author is intimately aware of it and has spent a lot of time and effort to provide information about how many and what type of trout are stocked in the many different bodies of water. For reasons beyond the author’s control a portion of this information may no longer be relevant since the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has had to significantly change their stocking practices since the book has been published.

    Now the downsides, this book really needed better editing. There are many grammatical inaccuracies which a better editor should have been able to catch. The photography varies quite a lot but there are more “men with fish” photos than there are scenic photos of the places being described. The pictures seem like a missed opportunity.

    I don’t suppose anyone who sets out to write a book this comprehensive can really satisfy everyone. The author is mildly disdainful of fly fishers (though he does describe fly fishing in certain bodies of water) and really likes trolling and bait fishing. He frequently recommends his favorite lures which is fair enough, I suppose, since they work for him. It’s impossible to please everyone on the subject of fishing techniques and the author’s preferred techniques are not mine and may rub some anglers the wrong way.

    Overall this book is a very fun read and a useful guide which will give you many more places to consider fishing than you can fish in your lifetime. It is hampered by poor editing and some repetitive information but the sheer quantity of good information is hard to beat. I’m excited to try fishing many of these waters which I had never heard about before. The bottom line is it’s great day-dreaming material for any California anglers.

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