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Lower Klamath NWR, Siskiyou County
The spots on a butterfly wing are not random but help identify this as a California tortoiseshell.


Pacific herring arrive at Crescent City
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 18, 2017

Crescent City Harbor

Fishermen of all ages lined up elbow-to-elbow Citizen's Dock in Crescent City Harbor last week, jigging for Pacific herring that make their annual spawning migration into the harbor every year.  This year, the silver-sided baitfish arrived at Crescent City Harbor on Saturday, February 11.  Full 6-gallon buckets of herring averaging between 8 and 10 inches were the rule, and many...
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For his last hurrah before departing office, outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Director Daniel Ashe released USFWS Directors Order 219, expanding the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle. Dallas Safari Club (DSC) objects to the Order, and condemns the decision as it targets our hunting and fishing heritage. "This action flies squarely in the face of long and...
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Klamath releases and conditions
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

Klamath River - Middle

Mid-Klamath: Iron Gate Dam is releasing 4,290cfs at this time so I would say fishing the Klamath is unfishable at this time. With the flows down river in the thousands cfs it will be a while before one will be able to wet a line. I just hope this will flush out the parasites that are causing the loss of our...
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Lowest fall salmon returns on record
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

This is just a short report to let you know what is happening to the rivers, as I will be out of town for the weekend. CDFW 2016 post season preliminary counts of Fall Chinook salmon returns to the Klamath River Basin for 2016 are the lowest returns of record since 1978. This could possibly be the record low for 2017...
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When to Use a Crossbow?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Question: With turkey season coming up soon and deer season right around the corner, can you please clarify when crossbows may be used for hunting big game and turkeys in California? As I understand it, you can use a crossbow instead of a rifle during rifle season. Is this correct? Can we use crossbows for taking wild turkeys? (Jesse J.) Answer: It is...
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ODFW Weekly Recreational Report
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Early season trout stocking is underway It’s not too early to be thinking about trout fishing – in fact, in several North Coast and Willamette Valley fisheries stocking is well underway. Check out the 2017 stocking schedules for west side lakes/ponds and start planning your next fishing trip. East side schedules will be posted in late February or March, once biologists have a...
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