Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


They’ve spread across the globe wreaking havoc through the destruction of levees, drainages, and thousands of acres of marshland. It might sound like the work of aliens from a science-fiction movie, but actually hordes of whiskered rodents are to blame. Nutria, swamp rat, and coypu are all common names for these beaver-like animals (Myocastor coypus), which are known for their...
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Portion of coast opens for razor clamming
by ODFW, JULY 23, 2018
Tillamook Bay

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce a portion of the coast has opened for razor clamming as domoic acid levels have fallen below the closure limit.  Recreational razor clamming is now open from Tillamook Head to Cape Arago. Recreational razor clamming is closed for the ODFW annual conservation closure from the...
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Spotting Patterns In Fish Freckles
by FISHBIO, JULY 22, 2018

Some researchers spend so much time with the species they study that they eventually begin to recognize individual animals by their physical traits or unique “personality” quirks. It seems that researchers have been getting more familiar lately with fish that have spots: new studies show that these fish can have uniquely identifiable markings. If you’ve ever handled a trout, salmon,...
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Salmon Bite Full-On in the Rogue Bay
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JULY 21, 2018

Rogue Bay

It's only just gotten started and already people are saying that Chinook fishing in the Rogue bay is approaching days of yesteryear. When I say that folks have been limiting out on Chinook, that is an understatement that needs to be qualified.  In the Rogue bay, it's all about the tide. During certain phases of the tide cycle, Chinook tend to bite...
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Here’s How the Largest Dam Removal Project in the U.S. Would Work
by Tara Lohan, JULY 20, 2018
Klamath River - Lower

No one is popping the champagne corks just yet, but the process to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River just took a big step forward. On June 28, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation released the Definite Plan for the Lower Klamath Project, a 2,300-page detailed analysis of how the reservoirs would be drawn down, the dams removed, the...
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With the Umpqua River water temperature at 79 degrees Wednesday near Elkton, anglers are encouraged to practice hot weather ethical angling. The North Umpqua River temperature was 74 degrees this Wednesday at Winchester Dam. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Evan Leonetti offers these tips for anyone fishing for salmon and steelhead in the Umpqua River during hot weather: Fish during...
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