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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, November 8 beginning at 8 am.

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.

Only two fish were caught during the October derby on the Sacramento River. One was a 12.63 pound salmon caught by Chuck Harris and the second one was a 1.16 pound trout caught by Jim Lloyd.

The setting for the weigh-in and lunch was the Elkhorn launch ramp, hosted by John Frantz and Mike DeVore with the help of Ron Madsen and Sammy Osuna. Thanks, guys, for a great lunch.

Fisherman of the Year

Standings through October

1 (tie) – Rene Villanueva, Bob Schmidt 47

3 –  Steve Willett 39

4 (tie) – Walter Van Hoy, John Frantz 34

6 – Henry Sperry 31

7 – Paul Willett 29

8 (tie) – Ron Madsen, Allan Smith 28

10 – Bill Alsup 26


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.