Trail Mix: 12-month fish license bill gets Senate vote

The Fresno BeeApril 24, 2013 

A bill that would allow California anglers to buy a 12-month fishing license, regardless of when it was purchased, was approved Tuesday by the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Under existing law, annual fish licenses are issued for the calendar year. So if you waited until May to buy one, for example, it's only valid for eight months.

SB 583 would allow anglers the option to purchase a fishing license valid for 12 consecutive months at the same price as the current annual license.

"Fishing is big business in California," Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) said. "I'm a fisherman and I love the idea of getting my money's worth in the license. I think it is only fair."

The committee also approved another Berryhill bill, SB 392, which clarifies California's possession limits of processed game birds. Hunters would be allowed to have an unlimited number of processed game birds at their homes as long as they are "processed for immediate consumption."

Events

Kids Fishing Day

When: Saturday

Where: Hensley Lake, Buck Ridge boat ramp

All anglers 15 and under are invited to come out and have fun while improving techniques and learning water safety. Loaner reels and rods are limited, so bring your own.

Same-day registration is at 8 a.m., and lunch is provided by Mid Valley Bass Club. Details: Nick Figueroa, (559) 673-5151.

Shinzen Run & Walk

When: Saturday

Where: Woodward Park

A busy month in the Valley Runner of the Year Series concludes with this 30-point event. The 5-mile points race starts at 8 a.m. and is preceded by a 10-mile run/walk, a 2-mile run/walk and two kids races.

Race-day registration starts at 5:30 a.m. at the Shinzen Gardens parking lot or register at Kitahara Buick GMC from 3-7 p.m. today or 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.

News & notes

-- May is National Bike Month, so learn basic maintenance techniques Sunday from 2-3 p.m. at REI. Sign up at rei.com/fresno.

-- Off The Front, a local organization that fights childhood obesity, is holding a cycling criterium Sunday at Palm Bluffs. Kids 10 and under can ride free and also get free bike repairs. Details: sgrusis@comcast.net or (559) 360-1775.

-- Explore wildflowers, flowering shrubs and a gurgling creek during Saturday's Fine Gold Preserve open house, hosted by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and parking is limited. The preserve is located off Road 216 on the Madera County side of Millerton Lake. Go to sierrafoothill.org/maps.htm for driving directions.

-- The annual Sierra Kids Triathlon is Sunday at Alta Sierra Middle School in Clovis. There are six age groups for children 17 and under, and participants use a pool swim, closed bike course and track run. Registration closes Saturday. Details: sierrakidstri.com.

-- Critter Creek Wildlife Station, a non-profit rehabilitation center for injured or orphaned animals, is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 36710 Sand Creek Road in Squaw Valley. Admission is by donation. Details: (559) 338-2415.

-- Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park is scheduled to open May 11, park officials announced. The road to Glacier Point is expected to open May 3.

-- Mammoth Pool will be closed to all fishing and boating from Wednesday through June 15 for the annual deer migration.

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