The third edition of a guidebook detailing the trails, white-water rafting spots and the ecology of the American River has just been released.

Although a little slow this week, there are still a few hot spots in our top picks for fishing in the Sacramento region.

At an age when others might be thinking about collecting Social Security, Sacramento’s Jim Geiger has headed off to climb Mount Everest, where he will attempt to become the oldest American to summit the tallest peak on Earth.

Sturgeon and trout highlight this week’s top picks.

Sturgeon and trout highlight this week’s top picks.

Sturgeon and stripers highlight this week’s top picks.

The Delta region looks to continue its abundance in this week’s top picks.

As the Olympic Games play out 6,600 miles away, many of the athletes’ longtime supporters, coaches and competitors living in the Lake Tahoe region watch with a sense of pride.

For skiers and snowboarders, the winter of our discontent is now something else. It may not achieve glory, but it’s way past acceptable. Two winter storms in early February – followed by a warm “Pineapple Express” bearing some rain – managed to fatten resort snowpacks while frosting trees and peaks.

Are you in need of seeing lakes that actually have water? Head to the Palomarin Trailhead near Bolinas.

Lake Tahoe ski resorts, which have subsisted primarily on man-made snow this winter, welcomed more than 7 inches of snow on Wednesday and are hoping for more.

As West Sacramento dignitaries gathered Friday morning to celebrate the city’s new 1.25-mile multi-use trail with coffee, snacks and speeches, trail users – unaware of the ribbon-cutting – kept arriving at the temporarily blocked path.

Sturgeon caught from Knights Landing to Colusa, and in the lap of Tisdale, are breaking size limits. Here’s a look at other fishing hot spots.

Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but the Briones Reservoir Loop near Orinda is a great trail jaunt.

The Delta Region, among a few others, are included in this week’s featured hotspots.

The three marooned snowmobiles on an island of snow at Donner Ski Ranch serve as a clear indicator of how little snow has fallen in the Sierra this winter.

From the Sierra to the Valley, here’s the freshest of our Fresh Tracks for 2013.

Fishing at these hotspots could lead to a belated gift of trout.

After the recently-ended salmon fishing season, here are some hotspots for alternative fishing.

Here’s a look at best salmon fishing hot spots as the Dec. 16 closing season looms, along with other current fishing conditions.

Explore Mount Diablo’s North Peak, where the September wildfire has transformed the mountain – not all for the worse.

FOLSOM LAKE – Bass fishing picked up in spite of wind and rain, at least for anglers using electronics to spot shad concentrations, and then slowly working drop-shotted Robo-Worms from 15 to 25 feet deep. Very few anglers were fishing for trout and landlocked salmon, but DFW has been planting panfish-sized rainbows, which are being caught at Granite Bay.

Steelhead, sturgeon and “some big trout” are all on this week’s list of top picks for the Sacramento region.

AMERICAN RIVER – The “Greatest show in Sacramento” is at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery these days with hundreds of salmon at a time crowding the base of the fish screen, climbing the ladder and filling the holding pond. The parking lot is as crowded as the fish ladder, and parking spots have been hard to find, especially on weekends. Guards are now on duty at night to curtail the vandalism of the fish screens, which have been tampered with to allow salmon to get upstream into Nimbus Basin. The Basin has been crowded as a result, and lots of dark salmon were being caught, mostly by “lining” or “flossing.” Steelheading was pretty good again around River Bend Park, Watt Avenue, and Howe Avenue on a mix of halfpounders and the occasional adult. Drift nightcrawlers, swing spinners and small spoons, or dead drift nymphs and egg patterns under indicators. Some salmon were still being caught in the Dredger holes at night.

Tahoe National Forest officials have reopened parts of two popular trails damaged in August by the American fire and are seeking volunteers to help rehabilitate the remaining trail segments.

Two federal agencies are seeking 11 volunteers to serve on a committee that helps set policies concerning recreation on federal lands in California.

With a swish of its tail, a salmon jumps more than 20 steps – one at a time – to the top of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery ladder Monday as the annual fall migration takes place. Below left, Nikolai Andryhoushkin of Sacramento photographs the event, vital to the survival of salmon and steelhead in the lower American River.

Salmon fishing is only so-so in some locations, but stripers are a good bet and sturgeon is beginning to appear.

One might imagine that it’s all about snow and nothing else. But optimism is just as valuable a resource these days for skiers, snowboarders and resort operators in and around the region.

The Judge Davis Trail in Lake County gives you a reason to visit Cache Creek other than gambling.

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