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Whiskeytown Lake Kokanee bite heats up!
by Jeff Goodwin, JUNE 25, 2017
Whiskeytown Reservoir

The week preceding the Father's day weekend has once again seen an improvement in the Whiskeytown Lake Kokanee bite.  Surface temps on the lake have risen nearly 14 degrees and water levels have stabilized near 1209' feet for the time being.  Strong winds and triple digit air temps kept a lot of pressure off the Kokanee, but the number of...
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A new law allowing the salvage of roadkilled deer and elk will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2019 at the latest. Salvaging roadkilled deer and elk remains unlawful until new rules are adopted to implement the new statute. The Legislature gave the Department up to two years to develop a safe, responsible salvage program. Until that time, current Oregon wildlife regulations remain...
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Time to troll the Rogue Bay
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JUNE 24, 2017

Rogue River

Sweltering hot inland temperatures are expected to raise the temperature of the lower Rogue River to 70-plus degrees.  On Thursday, the water temperature at Elephant Rock was already close to 70 degrees. Salmon won't cross this wall of uncomfortably-warm water, which pushes them back downriver to the bay where the corpulent kings find their ideal comfort zone of 52 to 54...
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Bill Croyle, DWR Acting Director, Retires
by Department of Water Resources, JUNE 24, 2017


The California Department of Water Resources Acting Director William R. Croyle yesterday announced his retirement, effective July 1, 2017. Croyle put his original retirement plans on hold in January 2017 when he was asked by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. to serve as Acting Director of the department. Cindy Messer, DWR Chief Deputy Director, will serve as Acting Director of the...
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On June 21, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted unanimously to reduce sage-grouse hunting permits to zero for the 2017 season. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommended this action to the Commission based on spring lek (breeding ground) surveys that showed significantly fewer sage-grouse in all four hunting zones. Although managed hunting, in and of itself,...
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Trinity Lake salmon bag limit increased for 2017
by Jeff Goodwin, JUNE 22, 2017
Trinity River - Above Clair Engle Lake

Now that it's time to head up to Trinity Lake to fish for landlocked King and Kokanee salmon, it's important to note a CDFW regulation change for 2017 that has created an even greater incentive to make the trip up to this amazing fishery.   CDFW has increased the daily bag limit to (10) landlocked salmon with a possession limit...
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