Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Highway 96, Siskiyou County
The idea to create the State of Jefferson was first introduced in 1941 and is still talked about.


ODFW is seeking public comment on a request to exempt from fish passage requirements a proposal to increase the water storage capacity of Kingsley Reservoir. Comments are due by Feb. 28, 2018. This existing reservoir is owned and managed by Farmers Irrigation District (FID) and is located at the uppermost end of Ditch Creek, a direct tributary to the West Fork Hood...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is teaming up with Reed’s Indoor Range in Santa Clara to offer a Spanish-language Hunter Education Course later this month. To obtain a hunting license in California, new hunters must pass a Hunter Education Course. CDFW’s Hunter Education Program and Reed’s Indoor Range will offer a two-day course in Spanish on the weekend...
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Ocean Alive with Bottom Grabbers
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 10, 2018

Pacific Herring Still in Crescent City Harbor I just love living in this little slice of heaven called Brookings.  It has everything an angler could ever hope for -  steelhead and salmon rivers galore, ocean fish aplenty, tuna when in season, crab fishing fiestas - you name it, it's got it.  And if it isn't readily available, you can drive within...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has become aware of a population of invasive nutria (Myocastor coypus) reproducing within the San Joaquin Valley. Given the severity of potential impacts and the impacts realized in other infested states, CDFW believes early intervention actions could be successful in eradicating nutria from the area and is asking the public’s help in...
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Measuring Lobsters the Right Way
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Question: I jumped on an open party lobster trip recently (their counts were high!). The crew members were measuring while all of us were watching up close. The 3 ¼” tool would drop over the carapace and if fairly tight, they claimed it to be a “keeper.” When I politely asked them about this, they were adamant that these were legal...
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Incident At Shasta Lake
by John Higley, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Shasta Lake

In case you haven’t noticed, the weather lately has been way too good to keep us inside for any length of time.  That being the case, my friend Russ Herrick and I headed for Jones Valley and the shores of Shasta Lake the other day.  Our goal was to do a little bank fishing for trout which, I heard from...
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