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The Fish and Wildlife Commission set regulations for recreational and commercial groundfish seasons at their meeting in Salem. The state’s regulations are based on federal quotas. After hearing public testimony, the Commission adopted a five fish bag limit (reduced from seven this year), in hopes of providing a year-round fishery in 2018. (The 2017 bag limit design was higher at seven...
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ODFW Adopts a 5 Fish Bag Llimit for 2018
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, DECEMBER 9, 2017

Chetco River

The groundfish and lingcod fishery has been completely closed in the entire state of Oregon for almost 4 months, and anglers are jonesing for a rockfish fix. So get out your calendars and sharpies because it's time to start counting backward. In precisely 23 days, Oregon salty dogs will be able to fish for rockfish, cabezon and lingcod when the new...
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The California Fish and Game Commission voted to close the 2018 northern California recreational abalone fishery due to ongoing environmental conditions that have significantly impacted the abalone resource. The closure affects next year’s recreational abalone season, which was scheduled to open on April 1, 2018. The Commission’s 4-0 decision (Commissioner Jacque Hostler-Carmesin was absent) upholds the policies of the Abalone Recovery and Management...
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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 to consumers...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 39 projects to receive funding from its Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) Restoration Grant Programs. The awards, totaling $39.7 million, were made under CDFW’s 2017 Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs Solicitation (the third of 10 planned annual grant cycles). This includes approximately...
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What’s Up with All the Salmon in Kellogg Creek?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, DECEMBER 7, 2017

Question: In the 17 years I have lived and fished in Discovery Bay, I have never seen anything like the number of salmon being caught this year. I have caught 10 salmon over 20 pounds incidentally while fishing for stripers and largemouth bass as you can’t fish for salmon in this part of the Delta, and have observed seals catching an...
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