Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


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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Catch em’ while you can – halibut season closes after Friday
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Humboldt County Coast

North Coast offshore anglers will have one less option come Saturday morning as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced on Monday the closing of the recreational Pacific halibut fishery on Friday, Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2018. The quota of 30,940 pounds will be surpassed according to CDFW unless the fishery is closed based...
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Volunteer opportunity at Salmon River Hatchery
by ODFW, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
Salmon River

ODFW is looking for volunteers to help with the fall Chinook program at Salmon River Hatchery this fall. Shifts are available starting October 1, and help may be needed through the end of November. In 2017, volunteers helped distribute 1189 adult Chinook salmon totaling 14562 pounds to 9 Oregon food share organizations and helped process and/or pass 2023 Chinook, 480 Coho,...
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The daily bag limit for general marine fish (rockfish, greenlings, skates, etc.) will increase to 5 fish beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The bag limit for marine fish had been reduced to 4 on July 1. That smaller bag limit reduced the catch of black rockfish and nearshore rockfish species (China, copper, quillback rockfish) enough that the bag limit can now...
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In the salmon circle of life, fewer spawning adults returning to freshwater in the fall typically means fewer offspring will make their way out to sea the following year. In a previous Fish Report, we described the disappointing returns of adult fall-run Chinook salmon to the Sacramento River Basin in 2017. As expected, this reduced adult escapement resulted in extremely low...
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