Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Lower Klamath NWR, Siskiyou County
The spots on a butterfly wing are not random but help identify this as a California tortoiseshell.


At least two wolves are using an area in southern Wasco County, marking the first time multiple wolves have been confirmed in the northern portion of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains since they began returning to Oregon in the 2000s. The wolves were documented on the White River Wildlife Area and Mt Hood National Forest and have also been observed on the Warm...
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Now that 2018 is here, anglers are reminded they are once allowed to harvest three hatchery summer steelhead per day in the Snake, Grande Ronde, and Imnaha Rivers, consistent with permanently-adopted regulations. Bag limits had been reduced during the fall through a series of temporary regulations as fish managers implemented conservative management actions for historically-low Columbia River steelhead run in 2017....
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Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it has extended the area open to commercial rock crab fishing from 38° 34′ N. Lat. (Salt Point, Sonoma County) south to the California/Mexico border. At the recommendation of the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham submitted to...
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The Winter Water Outlook
by FISHBIO, JANUARY 15, 2018

California finally received its first substantial soaking after an unusually dry start to winter. We reported at the beginning of the current water year about the increasing chance of a La Niña event occurring this winter, which is exactly what has happened. A La Niña is a climatological condition characterized by abnormally cool sea surface temperatures developing in the Pacific Ocean along the equator (as...
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Chasing the Turkey Slams
by John Higley, JANUARY 15, 2018

I’ve been writing about turkey hunting since 1971. That’s when the first spring turkey season was held in California.  It was around that time that turkey hunting started to grow in importance throughout the country.  Thanks to game department conservation efforts, turkeys were introduced to new areas and the population increased across historic range.  With the opening of regulated hunting...
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Rising Water Heralds in Fresh Steelhead
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 13, 2018

Chetco River

Badly needed rain on the southern Oregon coast finally raised the Chetco and Rogue Rivers to where anglers could deploy a variety of steelhead techniques to bring home the chrome. The Chetco rose to over 2,200 cubic feet per second almost overnight, which created travel lanes for the streamlined locomotives. Steelhead are spread all throughout the system now, with many anglers putting...
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