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.


Ocean loaded with small kings
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, JUNE 7, 2018

Trinidad Coast

One thing we know for sure after the first week of salmon season on the North Coast – the future looks very bright. According to reports, there is no shortage of small kings from Shelter Cove all the way to Crescent City. Boats fishing out of Eureka and Trinidad have been weeding through the undersized fish and filling their boxes...
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Salmon live, salmon die, what GGSA is doing about it
by GGSA Staff, JUNE 6, 2018
Merced River

Three days is a disaster, more CDFW tanker trucks needed In the last issue of our GGSA Newsletter, we told you the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife reversed course and agreed to truck Merced hatchery salmon after GGSA reminded the department that fish forced to swim past the Delta pumps died. (The Merced River is a tributary of the San...
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Lower Columbia spring Chinook, sturgeon seasons approved
by ODFW, JUNE 6, 2018
Columbia River

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington extended the ongoing recreational spring Chinook fishing season on the lower Columbia River, set a one-day white sturgeon season  in the estuary, and approved a two-fish bag limit on Chinook above Bonneville Dam today during a joint state hearing. Downstream of Bonneville Dam, the states approved a nine-day extension to the ongoing spring Chinook season...
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Using lights to attract fish at night has been a well-known fishing method since before the light bulb was even invented. Ancient cultures used fire to attract fish to their boats and catch them more easily. Fishers today use advanced underwater lights that, we now know, attract plankton and, in turn, small fish and larger sport fish. Even some predatory deep-sea fishes create...
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Spring and early summer is the peak time for much of California’s wildlife to bear their young. With this in mind, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking well-intentioned members of the public to leave young wildlife alone. It may be hard to resist scooping up a young wild animal that looks vulnerable and abandoned, but intervention may...
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Feds Push to Raise Shasta Dam
by Alastair Bland, JUNE 4, 2018
Shasta Lake

Officials with the federal government seem determined to realize a controversial proposal to raise Shasta Dam and increase the storage capacity of the reservoir behind it – despite objections from fish and wildlife agencies and California law that technically forbids such a project. In January, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the dam, received a $20 million appropriation...
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