Winter's officially here (as of Dec. 21), and the seasonal rain couldn't have gotten here soon enough.
Across much of the West Coast, a long year of drought is seeing some relief as storms continue to provide water throughout California and much of the West Coast.
Lakes, like Santa Margarita, for example, that had dropped down to half capacity are up to 60 and even 75 percent in some cases.
So while the fishing has been blown out of late, it's good to see our lakes are starting to fill up for next spring.
And, with the break in the weather for the new year, I've already seen some folks getting on some fish locally as they take advantage of the last couple days of fishing in 2012 before having to get fishing licenses in 2013.
Don't forget to get your license in the next couple days - Monday being your best shot as most shops will be closed for the holiday on January 1.
Trout, like this rainbow caught at Santa Margarita, should benefit from the higher water levels in California and throughout the West Coast this winter. Photo by Brian Milne.