Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


The new 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing and 2018 Oregon Big Game Hunting Regulations  should now be available at outdoor stores and ODFW offices, or find them online at eregulations.com or through our new recreation website MyODFW.com. As of Dec. 1, 2017, 2018 licenses and tags are also on sale at license sales agents, most ODFW offices, and online. Fishing and hunting licenses make great gifts, especially for...
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ODFW Recommends a Lower Marine Fish Bag Limit for 2018
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, DECEMBER 2, 2017

Chetco River

Anglers of the salt have been chomping at the bit to catch a rockfish, kelp greenling or a lingcod ever since ODFW completely closed the groundfish fishery on September 8.  Well, fret not. Fishing for bottomfish will open up again come January 1. In my mind, this complete closure severely impacted local area businesses such as restaurants, motels, sporting goods stores, marine repair...
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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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