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ODFW releases extra trout for upcoming Free Fishing Weekend
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Henry Hagg Lake

More than 20,000 extra trout were released at two Willamette Valley locations this week in preparation for the upcoming Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon. Fishing, crabbing, and clamming are free on Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 17-18. The extra fish were released at Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove and Junction City Pond near Eugene. They include 8-inch “legals,” 13-inch “pounders,” and two-pound-plus...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its Fiscal Year 2018-19 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN). The PSN and online grant application are online at wildlife.ca.gov/Grants/FRGP/Solicitation. Applications must be submitted online by Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5 p.m. CDFW will also hold a series of public workshops to assist applicants in...
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Is a Photo of My Fishing License Good Enough?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Question: I have a picture of my current fishing license and hunting license on my phone (as well as my driver’s license). That shows all of the legal stamps, stars and stripes that might be required for what I am doing legally. As far as a game warden is concerned, would that work as proof that I have a license? It...
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ODFW is seeking applicants for the Umpqua, Upper Rogue, Southern Mid-Coast/Lower Umpqua and South Willamette territories of the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by February 28, 2018. Oregonians who are involved with local fishing or STEP groups, have previous experience working with volunteers and/or in community service, or are involved in natural resource...
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Despite low flows, steelhead options are plenty
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Smith River

While the lack of rain has most steelhead anglers singing the blues, there are however, a few bright spots. Especially if you like to throw on a pair of waders and head to the river bar. The Mad River is probably as good now as it’s been all season. With plenty of bank access, it’s probably the best steelhead option...
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ODFW Recreation Report Highlights
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Best bets for free fishing weekend (Feb. 17-18) Lingcod fishing has been “melt-your-face-off-hot” on the Oregon coast Mid-February is when winter steelhead fishing really starts picking up on the Clackamas and Sandy rivers. So if you haven’t been out yet, this would be a good weekend to start. Coos County beaches have been giving up redtail surfperch when the surf conditions allow.  Fly-fishers will...
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