Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


Water bodies on fire!
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JULY 15, 2017

Chetco River

The Chetco Bay, the Rogue Bay and the ocean out of the Port of Brookings Harbor are all kicking out a combined smorgasbord of usual and unusual seafood delights. For approximately one week now, Pacific jacksmelt from 8- to 14-inches long have been caught by anglers throwing standard sabiki rigs. These are some of the largest jacksmelt I have ever seen, with...
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Short Day On The River
by John Higley, JULY 15, 2017

Sacramento River - Red Bluff

It’s 7 o’clock on Monday morning.  The dirt boat ramp on the Sacramento River below the Jelly’s Ferry Bridge in Tehama County is bustling with activity.  Well, okay, there’s one roomy, jet-equipped Alumaweld boat there, and four passengers. They are fishing guide and boat owner Robert Weese, Cal Kellogg editor of the Fish Sniffer magazine, Bill Adelman a columnist for the Sniffer and...
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Targeting Stripers and Sturgeon together in San Francisco Bay
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JULY 14, 2017

Question: When fishing from a boat in San Francisco Bay, can some anglers target striped bass with barbed hooks while others target sturgeon using barbless hooks? If one angler who is fishing from a boat with a barbless hook legally lands and retains a sturgeon, can all anglers on the boat switch over to target striped bass and continue to use...
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CA halibut: More than an offshore alternative
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, JULY 13, 2017

Having a backup plan — whether in life or in fishing — is always a good idea. In fishing, having a solid plan B can sometimes save the day, or even a season. For Eureka anglers, heading offshore to fish for salmon, halibut or rockfish is always plan A. With no salmon season and lots of wind and rough seas...
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Thousand Lakes Volcano
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, JULY 12, 2017

Thousand Lakes Volcano Wilderness is located in the southern Cascade Mountain range, between the town of Burney and Lassen Volcanic National Park, and offers something for nearly every user group. Stunning panoramic views from lofty volcanic summits, thick forest, verdant alpine meadows, and excellent fishing are just a few highlights that beckon empirical backpackers and equestrians.  So is the story of...
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Sunsets and Hook Sets
Jerry Back
by Jerry Back, JULY 11, 2017

Ocean Beach

If you’re on a beach in the Northern California area, there’s a palpable tension in the air. Summertime is historically striper-time and surf fishermen (and surf fisherwomen, of course) are increasing their presence on the beach.  Both the skilled and the lucky have been hooking up here and there, but the general consensus is that the season is just getting...
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