Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


Entire Oregon coast now open for crabbing
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 2, 2018

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that recreational crabbing is now open from Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, to the California border. Crab samples taken from the area indicate that levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have dropped below the alert level. Commercial crabbers in this area can set gear for a...
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Death Valley
Before and After
by Don Stec, FEBRUARY 2, 2018

Recently, when I mentioned to friends that I am going to Death Valley for a short vacation, the reply I usually got was, "Why? It’s so hot there.”  People seem to be shocked that I would consider going to a place where the heat is often over 120 degrees in the summer.  Some say it's desolate and there's nothing to...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invested several hundred thousand dollars on the project, including pressure washing and disinfecting 6,000 linear feet of fish rearing ponds and associated plumbing, coating all fish rearing surfaces with Food and Drug Administration-approved epoxy coating to improve fish culture conditions and installing new manifolds for the water recirculation loop to improve efficiency. The...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released the Evaluation Report for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP). The report concludes that while the OREHP has significantly contributed to the scientific understanding of marine enhancement science, it has not substantially increased the abundance of legal-sized White Seabass, resulting in less than one percent contribution to recreational and commercial fisheries...
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Planning for Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Question: My son is asking me to take him out on the special youth waterfowl hunt next weekend. We have everything we need like waders, camo, shotguns and so forth. But I don’t have reservations anywhere and we don’t have access to a duck club. What are my public waterfowl hunting options? I want to make it a good experience for...
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River conditions looking ideal for the weekend
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Mad River

It’s shaping up to be one heck of a weekend on the North Coast — expect the green water euphoria to be in full effect. All of the coastal rivers, except for possibly the main stem of the Eel, will be some shade of green. This only happens about once a season, and it typically follows an extended period of...
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