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McCloud Reservoir, Siskiyou County
Fishing is a great way to bring a family together and the reward may include barbequed trout.


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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Fish Tales with Justin Kroeze
Backcountry Travels
by Phil "Flip" Akers, FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Moccasin Creek

I recently spent a morning with Justin Kroeze, Hatchery Manager II at the Moccasin Creek Fish Hatchery. Established in 1954, and one of 13 trout hatcheries managed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), this is a designated hatchery for Region 4, and depending on the State’s budget, produces between 200,000 and 500,000 pounds of trout yearly. Please join me...
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Winter-Run Critical Habitat Conundrum
Sacramento River

Just when you think you’ve got a species figured out, sometimes they show up where they’re “not supposed to be” and make you reconsider. This recently happened in the fish world, when adult winter-run Chinook salmon, an endangered fish previously thought to only inhabit the mainstem Sacramento River downstream of Keswick Dam, were found to have actually reared in multiple Sacramento River...
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