Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Trinidad Harbor, Humboldt County
The opportunistic river otter looks for fish scraps on the charter boat dock in Trinidad.


Southern sea otter numbers have declined off the coast of California since peaking in 2016, but the average population count remains above 3,090 for the third consecutive year. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southern Sea Otter Recovery Plan, the population average count would have to exceed 3,090 for three consecutive years for southern sea otters to be considered...
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Chinook Salmon Season Trinity River
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

Trinity River

The 2018 Fall Chinook adult salmon quotas for the Trinity River could possibly be met by October 10 if there is not a large inflow of Fall Chinook salmon.  I say that could be a possibility, but with the low counts this past week at the Willow Creek weir I don’t think it will happen. The CDFW has been looking at the low counts and...
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Anglers Continue to Haul in Chinook in the Rogue and Chetco Bays
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

Rogue Bay

The Rogue bay and Chetco bay continue to please anglers as they continued to catch a variety of Chinook sizes last week. The Rogue bay was stellar-hot with an inordinate flux of 2-year-old Chinook, commonly known as jacks. Anglers didn’t seem to mind catching the 22- to 24-inch fish because they were looking forward to next year’s crop of kings. Remember...
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ODFW ends cougar capture operations
by ODFW, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

[DNA extraction not possible but “highly probable” that cougar killed last week is one that killed Diana Bober] ODFW is ending cougar capture operations in Zigzag because all available evidence shows the cougar killed last Friday, Sept. 14 is the one responsible for the state’s first fatal cougar attack. “It is highly probable that the cougar that killed Diana is the one...
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Ocean waters from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be open for one last day of coho salmon fishing this Friday, Sept. 21. This will be the fifth open day for the 2018 non selective coho season. During the first two Friday and Saturday open periods, anglers have averaged more than one fish for every two anglers with a total...
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Bay Rat Lures for Shasta Lake Trout!
by Jeff Goodwin, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
Shasta Lake

Fall is right around the corner here in Northern California and that means our trophy brown trout season is almost here! We catch big Shasta Lake browns all year long, but the fall, winter, and spring months are the best time to fish for these big, hard fighting trout because they will be in the upper levels of the lake...
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