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South Jetty, Humboldt County
Fishing in the dolos can be challenging. Bring a long handled gaff and a lot of gear.


CDFW March calendar of events
by CDFW, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead a group, school or organization on a half-mile route through diverse wetlands. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. Tours can be catered to include requested information. The minimum group size is 18 people. For more...
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Online reporting for licensed furtakers
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

ODFW launched an online reporting system earlier this year to make it easier for Oregon’s licensed furtakers to report the results of their season and confirm their report has been received. The online reporting system can be found at the Furbearer Hunting and Trapping page. Furtakers are licensed to hunt, trap, and pursue furbearers such as beaver, bobcat, marten, mink, muskrat, river...
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At its Feb. 23 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $10 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California, including the Salton Sea. Some of the 16 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide public access to important natural resources. Several...
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ODFW on Willamette River samon
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 24, 2017
Willamette River

Under permanent rules, the Willamette River remains open to retention of adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead seven days a week. Fishery managers will monitor harvest and passage and may need to adjust the season depending on actual returns and catch rates.  Effective February 1, 2017, the use of barbed hooks is allowed when angling for salmon,...
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States set Columbia spring Chinook seasons
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 24, 2017
Columbia River

 Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River Thursday during a joint state hearing in Vancouver, Wash. The recreational springer season on the Columbia River from the mouth upstream to Bonneville Dam is scheduled to be open from March 1 – April 6, with boat angling restricted to below Beacon Rock. The Columbia River spring...
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Catching Crabs with a Chicken Leg?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

Question: California regulations stipulate that taking crustaceans by “hook and line” is not a legal method of take. So what about a baited line with no hook (e.g. a chicken leg) with a hand line tied to it? As long as I use my hands to take the crab and not a net, is a baited line allowed to lure the...
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