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The recreational Pacific halibut fishery will end Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2017. Based on the latest catch projections, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) expects to have met the 2017 California recreational quota of 34,580 pounds. California’s 2017 quota was approximately 5,000 pounds greater than the 2016 quota. The fishery lasted 86 days...
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The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that shows that 101.6 million Americans—40 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older—participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching. The survey illustrates gains in wildlife watching—particularly around the home—and fishing, with moderate declines in the number...
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CORPS, ODFW Sign Hatchery Contracts
by ODFW, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued two contracts recently to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the operation of five hatcheries and the production of salmon and steelhead to offset impacts of the Corps’ dams in Oregon. The Corps will pay ODFW about $4.8 million to operate the Marion Forks, South Santiam, McKenzie and Willamette hatcheries in the...
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How to Fish the Lobster Opener?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

Question: I have some questions about how to best fish the lobster opener. I know that lobster season has a new start time and opens at 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2017. If the hoop wet time is a maximum two hours, can I drop my hoops at 4:15 a.m. Sept. 30, 2017 and pull them after the start time of...
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Eureka boats slam the tuna
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

Calm seas and 60-degree water within 20 miles — the ideal scenario that will make any fanatical tuna angler go nuts — or not show up to work. North Coast fishermen have been devoid of an ocean salmon season this year, but the current tuna frenzy has helped ease that pain. Screaming drags will do that. Since Saturday, boats have...
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NOAA Fisheries, in consultation with ODFW, has closed the non-selective ocean coho fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain as of Friday, Sept. 8. The quota is projected to be reached by the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 7 so the season will close effective Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. “There were good ocean conditions for the first few days of...
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