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Welcome to the Jolly Hookers

The Jolly Hookers fishing club is a group of men who love to fish on a regular basis.  

We meet once a month for breakfast, with after-breakfast seminars on how to catch fish at the places where that month’s outings are to be held, and have outings scheduled throughout the year.  We fish mostly in lakes throughout Northern California.  

On our website we have information about many of the great fishing spots in Northern California - mostly lakes within a few hour radius - including tips we’ve gathered on how to fish them successfully.  Our “links” page gives you information on local guide services and some great and useful websites.  Please feel free to browse our site and consider joining us for a meeting or an outing.

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting is a regular breakfast meeting on Friday, September 13, beginning at 8 am. Our guest speaker will be a representative from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.


The meeting will be at the Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge, 11440 Elks Circle, Rancho Cordova.



Fisherman of the Year - 2019

There are two types of fisherman - those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish.

At our August derby at Union Valley Reservoir, the top five finishers were: Bob Schmidt in first with a 2.75 pound mackinaw; Jim Smith in second with a 1.74 pounder; Tim Lipscomb in third with a 1.49 pounder; Rene Villanueva in fourth with a 1.47 pounder; and in fifth was Steve Nelson with a 1.01 pounder.


Those who were at Union Valley derby were treated to a great lunch of BBQ ribs and beans done by Bob Bonner and Earl Kennedy.


Fisherman of the Year

Standings through August

1 – Rene Villanueva 38 points

2 – Bob Schmidt 36

3 – Steve Willett 35

4 – Walter VanHoy 29

5 – Paul Willett 25

6 – John Frantz 24

7 (tie) – Bob Bonner, Jim Smith 23

9 (tie) – Rick Schrichfield, Ben LaSala, Henry Sperry 22

What’s New:

The State of California has a website that records the daily levels of various reservoirs in the state. This is a great resource to see the levels of a lake or reservoir you may be going to.  Click here.


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Permits Now Required for Derbies and NDOs

After a long meeting with a Department of Fish and Wildlife, we have concluded that we need to have permits to hold our Derbies and NDOs on California lakes and rivers  This will result in an additional cost to the Jolly Hookers but be worth it in the long run.

You can read the whole story here.


Better Planning for Future Events

As part of the whole permit process, we need to better plan our outings for the coming year.  We’ll have a survey at the September meeting to get members’ input as to where which lakes and/or rivers we should fish in 2020.  We’re asking if the lineup of fishing spots we had for 2019 would be acceptable for 2020; or if not, where would you recommend instead?

A copy of the ballot is here.

You are welcome to complete it at home and bring to the September meeting.