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The Winter Water Outlook
by FISHBIO, JANUARY 15, 2018

California finally received its first substantial soaking after an unusually dry start to winter. We reported at the beginning of the current water year about the increasing chance of a La Niña event occurring this winter, which is exactly what has happened. A La Niña is a climatological condition characterized by abnormally cool sea surface temperatures developing in the Pacific Ocean along the equator (as...
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Chasing the Turkey Slams
by John Higley, JANUARY 15, 2018

I’ve been writing about turkey hunting since 1971. That’s when the first spring turkey season was held in California.  It was around that time that turkey hunting started to grow in importance throughout the country.  Thanks to game department conservation efforts, turkeys were introduced to new areas and the population increased across historic range.  With the opening of regulated hunting...
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Rising Water Heralds in Fresh Steelhead
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 13, 2018

Chetco River

Badly needed rain on the southern Oregon coast finally raised the Chetco and Rogue Rivers to where anglers could deploy a variety of steelhead techniques to bring home the chrome. The Chetco rose to over 2,200 cubic feet per second almost overnight, which created travel lanes for the streamlined locomotives. Steelhead are spread all throughout the system now, with many anglers putting...
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Every hunter who purchased 2017 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2018 for most tags. Hunters are required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased—even if they were not successful or did not hunt. Sports Pac license holders need to report on each big game...
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Commission meets Jan. 19 in Salem
by ODFW, JANUARY 12, 2018

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, Jan. 19 in Salem at ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and follows this agenda. The Commission will be asked to: Set the schedule of damages for commercial fishing violations during 2018. Repeal administrative rule to update the applicable public contracting rules for ODFW. Approve recommendations for Access and Habitat program project funding and board...
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In an effort to boost the population of spawning coho salmon in Marin County’s Redwood Creek, biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the National Park Service (NPS) today released nearly 200 adult coho salmon in the creek at Muir Beach. The released coho salmon were collected as juveniles from Redwood Creek in the summer of 2015...
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