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updated: 4/10/2013 3:58 PM

The verdict is in, and it's time to go fishing

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Yes, ready or not, the fishing season is here and off and running.

Some of the angling brethren have been acting a bit like wild children who've been sequestered for an endless bunch of months.

Did I dare to use the word sequester? Shame on me.

Actually, I first heard the word used when I was a young reporter covering court cases in Indiana. To sequester a jury simply means hide the jury in a locked room so panel members would not be exposed to evidence or testimony a judge deemed unnecessary to be heard or seen in the public's eye.

So what does all this prattling mean to you? Not much, probably, except that you should probably un-sequester yourself and go fishing.

Inland lakes, such as Banana in the Wauconda area, have been kind to trout fishermen as well as largemouth bass anglers.

Busse Lake in Elk Grove is an on-again-off-again proposition. When the wind is down and water shows some small increase in temperature, crappie and very decent bluegills will surprise you.

Check the Spring Lake current in the channel on the Petite Lake end. You may be surprised by some good walleye action, again, if the wind spools itself downward.

And of course there is the smelt situation. Montrose Harbor could be the real sleeper once the water temps start to climb.

Pier pressure:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that the City of Rio Vista, Calif., will receive a $225,000 federal Boating Infrastucture Grant to help fund a project to replace a deteriorating dock for recreational boaters.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways will support efforts of the city to replace the dock, which will provide seven slips for eligible vessels. Federal grant funds will be matched with $75,000 in non-federal funding.

The grant to Rio Vista is among $11.2 million in competitive grants going to 15 states for projects to support recreational boating through the Boating Infrastructure Grant program.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will also release approximately $2.4 million to 25 states, commonwealths, and territories willing to match a smaller, non-competitive grant program known as "BIG Tier 1" funding.

•Contact Mike Jackson at, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at

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