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Can You Identify This Shrimp?
by CDFW, AUGUST 17, 2018

Question: In May of 2016, this shrimp drifted by our boat at night while we were fishing for squid on the south side of Catalina Island. I have been unable to identify it. Can you tell me what it is? (Kenny) Answer: This is a target prawn (Sicyonia penicillata), also known as rock shrimp due to the rock-like hardness of the shell. They...
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Over 190,000 acres of Hancock Forest Management (HFM) timberlands are now open for year round hunting access in the Trask, Stott Mt, and Alsea Wildlife Management Units along the mid-coast, (parts of Lincoln, Benton, Polk, and Tillamook counties). See map here.  While HFM properties have allowed hunting access before as part of the Stott Mt/N Alsea TMA, the lands were closed...
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Boats leave the halibut biting
AUGUST 16, 2018
Eureka Coast

It’s almost a blessing that the Pacific halibut fishery will be closed for the next two weeks. If allowed to stay open, there’s a real good chance the quota would’ve been gobbled up fairly quickly. The halibut have been on the chew for over a week now, with the only thing slowing down the catch rate is the heavy currents....
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Sport anglers can no longer retain cabezon effective Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m. The recreational harvest is predicted to reach its quota of 16.8 metric tons by Friday, partly because the average weight of cabezon landed this year is higher than usual, and bottomfish effort has been very high this summer. Sportfishing for other bottomfish remains open, find latest regulations. Sport anglers who...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces new recreational fishing restrictions that will soon go into effect for groundfish in waters north of Point Conception to the Oregon/California state line. The changes to the authorized fishing depths described below take effect Saturday, Aug. 25 at 12:01 a.m. The recreational groundfish fishery depth restrictions will be as follows: * Northern Management Area...
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Get your 2019 license on paper or phone ODFW will be launching a new electronic license system on Dec. 1 when 2019 fishing and hunting licenses go on sale. Under the new system you’ll be able to print your license at home or download it to your phone. And traditionalists will still be able to buy their license at an ODFW office or participating vendor. Big...
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