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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.


California’s Heritage Trout Challenge
by Gary Heffley, MARCH 26, 2020

The pursuit of trout, especially trout that have never seen a Purina trout pellet, the concrete walls of a hatchery run or the stainless-steel lined siding of a hatchery truck is a quest taken by many anglers and a dream for others.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has established a unique program that educates, promotes, encourages and rewards...
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Steelhead season ending on somber note
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 26, 2020

The 2020 winter steelhead season is winding down here on the North Coast, and it’s one we’ll likely never forget. Right now, as we head into uncharted territory with the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, the steelhead rivers have become our place of solace. As the virus continues to spread and our movements become more restricted, it’s been nice to have a...
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We are living in the Anthropocene. Scientists have classified the current geologic epoch based on overwhelming evidence that human influence is a dominating force affecting Earth’s key processes. The extent of the human reach is recognizable globally; however, in freshwater ecosystems, human impacts are particularly apparent. Extreme and visible alterations relating to soil erosion, chemical and nutrient pollution, the fragmentation...
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Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, MARCH 20, 2020

Trinity River - Willow Creek Weir

Because of the COVID 19 virus the PFMC meeting in Vancouver Washington has been changed to a webinar type of meeting so it is going to be hard to get public input for us In-River Sports Fishermen. I am trying to contact some of my old contacts I used to meet with when I attended the PFMC meetings to see how...
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Fishing provides refuge amid virus outbreak
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 19, 2020

Our lives are changing at a dizzying pace due to the pandemic created by the Coronavirus. Shelter in place orders are now in effect in several Bay Area counties, keeping people hunkered down indoors except for their essential needs. Here behind the Redwood Curtain, we’re still free to come and go – for now. Social distancing has become the new...
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The mudskipper is a fish seemingly stuck in evolutionary limbo – one that can survive in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. This amphibious fish has the unique ability to breathe air, and walk on land – spending most of its time above water in soft-bottom habitats like tidal mudflats, and the edges of mangrove forests. This preference for brackish habitats has...
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