Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Tule Lake NWR, Modoc County
Healthy sandhill cranes have nothing to fear from coyotes when they can simply jump into the sky.


ODFW Issues Severe Ocean Bottomfishing Restrictions
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Eureka Coast

Beginning Monday, September 18, Oregon recreational anglers will no longer be allowed to retain ocean groundfish and lingcod, a day that will forever be known as Black Monday.  The ban will continue through the rest of the year or until further notice is given by ODFW. The restrictions apply to all anglers, be they boaters, shore-based fishermen or divers, and the ban includes...
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Sea Lions Are Eating All My Bait!
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

(This column originally ran on Sept. 17, 2015.) Question: Is there anything I can do to deter or discourage sea lions from eating all my crabbing bait? I know that seals and sea lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act but I’ve heard there are exceptions for recreational fishermen to deter them to prevent damage to private property, including gear...
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Slow Down for those Wild Animals!
by CDFW, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week, which runs September 18-24. “Drivers can improve their own safety by simply slowing down and remaining alert while driving,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “We are committed to safety while being mindful of the environment, using...
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This week, sportsmen's interests were advanced on Capitol Hill as Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced plans for a new Secretarial Order to advance sportsmen's priorities at the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) 28th Annual Banquet & Auction; and the House Natural Resources Committee advanced sportsmen's legislation. During CSF's Banquet VIP Reception, Secretary Zinke joined CSF as the keynote speaker, where he...
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Pacific halibut closes — rockfish and tuna it is
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

Eureka Coast

Offshore options became a little scarcer this week with the closing of the Pacific halibut season. Without a salmon season, we’re down to rockfish and tuna along the North Coast. Unfortunately, both of these options require some pretty good ocean conditions, especially if you’re fishing out of Eureka, where the rockfish grounds are nearly 20 miles to the south. The...
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ODFW Recreation Report
by ODFW, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

Check for fire restrictions With all the fires currently burning, hunters and others will face restrictions on public and private land. Check the Forest Service website for latest information on national forests. Department of Forestry has a helpful map of current fire restrictions. Oregon Department of Forestry and OFIC keep an updated list of closures (pdf) on their web site. The chart also contains phone numbers...
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