Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Winter on the Upper Klamath River, Siskiyou County
Anglers drift-fish this river daily in fall and winter often in widely fluctuating weather.


A few decades ago, cougars in the coast range were practically unheard of. But as Oregon’s healthy cougar population has expanded into northwest Oregon from population strongholds in the Blue Mountains and south Cascades, ODFW is observing  more cougar harvest, sightings and damage complaints along the coast. Researchers have studied cougar home range sizes, population densities and diet  in the Cascades...
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Recreational sturgeon anglers get another retention day Oct. 28
by ODFW, OCTOBER 27, 2017
Columbia River

Recreational sturgeon anglers will get an additional day of retention fishing Saturday, Oct. 28 in the Columbia River from Wauna to Bonneville Dam under rules adopted today by fish and wildlife departments from Oregon and Washington. The extra fishing day was approved after staff reviewed harvest data that showed 4,700 anglers harvested fewer than 200 legal-sized sturgeon during the first sturgeon...
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Oregon and California are seeing an increase in the number of stranded sea lions along the coast due to leptospirosis, a bacteria that can also sicken dogs, livestock, people and other wildlife. “Over the past few months, we have been getting calls for multiple sick or dead sea lions daily, which is higher than normal,” said Jim Rice, an OSU Marine...
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Lava Beds National Monument invites you to join us for our first ever haunted cave tour!  Staff and volunteers are busily preparing one of our most famous caves into a truly unique Lava Beds experience. Throughout the tours, a guide will keep you safe from both the normal and paranormal hazards of the cave; however you are likely to witness...
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Incidental Take while Spear Fishing?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, OCTOBER 26, 2017

Question:What happens if a spearfishing diver spots a large fish and shoots and spears it without realizing until too late that it’s a giant (black) sea bass or another prohibited species? Then after the fish is speared and brought to the surface, the spearfisher realizes they have a fish they can’t take or possess, so they promptly return it to...
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Late-season coastal king season starts with a bang
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, OCTOBER 26, 2017

Last weekend’s rain provided a glimpse into what could be one heck of a late-fall coastal salmon season on the Smith and Chetco rivers. Following last Thursday’s rain, the Smith opened to fishing above Rowdy Creek for the first time this fall. And per usual, that first big rise brought in plenty of big, chrome-bright kings. Sunday was the day...
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