Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt County
Dawn always brings the promise of a new day but dawn over a marina brings hopes of a good catch.


Rains shepherd in peak season Chetco steelhead
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 21, 2017

Chetco River

A combination of melting snowpack and heavy rains ushered in the first large colonies of chrome-bright winter steelhead into the Chetco River last week. A few lucky anglers deploying a plethora of steelhead techniques got the opportunity to go one-on-one with some water-walking, thumb-burning heavy metalheads. And it's about time.  I was beginning to worry whether or not the silver missiles...
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Baum Lake Success
by Gary Heffley, JANUARY 21, 2017
Baum Lake

For those who may have read some of my past articles, every winter I note that just because the general trout season has closed for those in the north state, that does not mean an end to catching quality trout. I often tout the potential success to be had on Baum Lake during the winter, where with the help of...
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Fish, play and stay at Emerald Cove
by Gary Heffley, JANUARY 21, 2017
Bullards Bar Reservoir

Emerald Cove Marina on Bullard's Bar Reservoir is showcasing a fantastic offer at the current ISE show at the Cal Expo in Sacramento. The offer allows anglers to stay on the lake and take full advantage of their time on the water. Many anglers who fish this lake pull their boats out of the water in the evening, drive all...
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Rain or shine, Service Biologists work through tough weather conditions
by Steve Martarano, JANUARY 21, 2017
Sacramento River

The rains came, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service got to work. Whether it was to release more than a half-million steelhead, making sure rotary screw collection traps on the upper Sacramento River were preserved, or monitoring for Delta smelt, a little inclement weather wasn’t stopping the Service from crucial daily activities. The very welcome wet opening to 2017 didn’t slow...
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Shasta Lake trout and landlocked King salmon
by Jeff Goodwin, JANUARY 21, 2017
Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake is getting another dose of very wet weather again this week. With all the rain, the lake could have possibly filled by now if water managers would have allowed it to do so.  It's way too early in the year to top off Shasta Lake so releases from Shasta Dam have remained very high all week.  We're experiencing...
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Sprague River closes to all fishing Monday, Jan. 23
by ODFW, JANUARY 20, 2017
Sprague River

 The Sprague River near Klamath Falls will close to all fishing beginning Monday, Jan. 23 through April 21, 2017. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the emergency regulation today in order to protect spawning redband trout from the stress and mortality associated with fishing pressure and handling. The redband trout spawning in the Sprague River spend much of their lives in...
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