Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas of the coast. The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon is targeted to open Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a high-quality product...
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Our Splendid Night Visitors
On Patrol
by Steven T. Callan, DECEMBER 7, 2018

On most winter evenings, Kathy and I hike to the hilltop near our home in the oak woodlands of Northern California. We usually leave about 4:00, and if we don’t stop to talk to anyone or get sidetracked, return to the house before the sun goes down. One quiet evening late last December, we heard the whistling of wingbeats overhead...
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Look for duck hunting to heat up as the weather cools down Duck hunting provides some of the best hunting opportunities as we head into December. Cold stormy weather to the north will push birds into our area and increasing rains will fill ponds and flood fields. ODFW Wildlife Areas like Sauvie Island, Klamath, Summer Lake, Fern Ridge and Ladd Marsh...
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Wild winter steelhead are starting to show in some Southwest Zone rivers, and ODFW reminds anglers of harvest limits. In August, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a regulation to decrease the wild winter steelhead harvest limit in Southwest Zone rivers from one per day/five per season to one per day/three per season. However, this regulation is not in effect...
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Coastal rivers await steelhead
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, DECEMBER 6, 2018

Chetco River

With very little rain over the past week and the rivers on the drop, the end is likely in sight for the late, fall-run salmon season on the North Coast. The season has been somewhat of a disappointment to fishermen as only a couple major storms hit the coast and dropped enough rain to bring the Smith and Chetco up...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 41 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration. The grants, which total $13.2 million, are distributed through CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). They include $994,421 allocated for timber legacy restoration...
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