Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Winter on the Upper Klamath River, Siskiyou County
Anglers drift-fish this river daily in fall and winter often in widely fluctuating weather.


Two local hunters recently brought prohibited elk parts from Colorado and Wyoming into the Rogue Valley. The elk were harvested in these states which have some deer, elk and moose infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease. Oregon is still a CWD-free state. It has never been detected in captive or free-ranging deer, elk, or moose in Oregon. However,...
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ODFW Commission meets Dec. 8 in Salem
by ODFW, DECEMBER 2, 2017

The Fish and Wildlife will meet Friday, Dec. 8 in Salem at ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda, The meeting will be livestreamed on ODFW’s Periscope and Twitter accounts. During the Director’s report at the beginning of the meeting, ODFW staff will present a working copy of the Draft Updated Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. This...
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Our Deer Friends
On Patrol
by Steven T. Callan, DECEMBER 1, 2017

During the thirty-plus years Kathy and I have lived in the foothills east of Redding, we’ve been treated to occasional visits from black-tailed deer. They generally don’t stay long -- a day or two -- then they move on. Sometimes they’ll pay us a visit at night while we’re sleeping. The next morning, a trail of partially eaten plants tells...
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Is a License Needed to Fish the Alameda Rock Wall?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Question: My questions have to do with the Alameda rock wall located behind Encinal High School in Alameda (Alameda County). Is a California fishing license required at the Alameda rock wall? I’ve heard some say that it is considered a public pier and would not require a license. Also, how many poles (lines) are you allowed to have per angler at...
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Plenty of fishable water for the weekend
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, NOVEMBER 30, 2017

For the first time this winter, just about all of our coastal rivers will come into play at the same time. Following last Sunday’s big rise —  and without any substantial rainfall since — the rivers have been dropping quickly all week. From the Smith down to the South Fork Eel, all the rivers should be some shade of fishable...
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ODFW Recreation Report Highlights
by ODFW, NOVEMBER 29, 2017

Cold, wet forecasts brighten duck hunting prospects Several wildlife areas report good habitat conditions with plenty of water, and increasing numbers of migrant birds arriving. Add a little blustery weather and hunters have a good recipe for duck hunting success. Check out the waterfowl and upland bird harvest statistics at ODFW wildlife areas. Winter steelhead have arrived Some early returning hatchery fish already have been...
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