Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


What Lies Ahead for Water this Winter

Around this time of year, water managers and those of us working in fisheries in California and across the West start asking, “What is the water outlook for winter?” Will dry conditions persist and move us into another prolonged drought like that of 2012-2016, or will we receive record rain and snow that swell our rivers and flood communities like in 2017? Or...
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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham issued a declaration to open the commercial Dungeness crab fishery from Bodega Head, Sonoma County north to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line. The area from the southern boundary of Bodega Head State Marine Reserve, Sonoma County (38° 18’ N. latitude) north to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line (38° 46.125’ N. latitude) was closed due...
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The Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Friday, Dec. 7 in Salem at ODFW HQ, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda. The meeting agenda includes approval of rules for a new urban deer control pilot program. The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed SB 373, which called for the development of a pilot program to...
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Chetco River Officially Opens to All Techniques
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, DECEMBER 1, 2018

Chetco River

Gear restrictions were officially lifted on the Chetco and Winchuck Rivers last Tuesday, when an onslaught of back-to-back low-pressure systems in southern Oregon and northern California created numerous freshets, raising the streams and allowing stranded salmon and steelhead to escape upriver. It also beckoned late fall Chinook and early winter steelhead to enter the river as well. “We are back on track...
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The Bureau of Land Management Mother Lode Field Office is lifting its emergency fire restrictions at 9 a.m., Nov. 30, on approximately 230,000-acres of public land, due to reduced wildland fire potential. This action will reopen target shooting on public lands in all or portions of 14 central California counties. The easing of fire restrictions apply to public lands managed by...
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CDFW December 2018 Calendar
by CDFW, NOVEMBER 29, 2018

Various Days — Guided Wetland Tours, By Reservation, at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948). A wildlife naturalist will lead any group, school or organization on a half-mile route through the diverse wetlands of the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. General information includes wildlife identification, behavior patterns and conservation efforts. The experience can be customized to include requested information. The...
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