Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


ODFW Recreation Report Highlights
by ODFW, MAY 16, 2018

Enjoy free fishing, and clamming, June 2-3 June 2-3 is Free Fishing Weekend and you won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish anywhere in Oregon that’s open to fishing. Trout, bass, rockfish, crappie, salmon, clams – take your pick! ODFW and its partners also will host several free trout fishing events throughout the state to help you and your family or friends get...
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At its April 2018 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) adopted emergency regulations to increase the daily bag limit for purple sea urchins taken while skin or SCUBA diving off Mendocino and Sonoma counties only. Purple sea urchins fall under the general invertebrate bag limit of 35 per day, but the emergency regulations now in effect will allow...
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ODFW’s 2018 auctions and raffles for 26 special Oregon big game hunting tags grossed a record $1,019,730 this year, breaking the previous record of $882,787 set in 2017. Winners of these tags can hunt during an extended season and in an expanded hunt area. A total of 145,105 raffle tickets were sold, grossing $380,730 and breaking previous records for raffle sales....
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May is the Premier Month for Surfperch
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, MAY 12, 2018

Port of Brookings Harbor

Surfperch have been the red-hot ticket to fish-taco city, even in the past 3 months when the weather has been cold and rainy.  But when the month of May rolls around, the mottled flat-siders often school up with noticeably flat-calm seas, especially the large females, giving surf anglers a run for their money. There are two main varieties of surfperch that...
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Understanding Waterway Health Advisories
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MAY 11, 2018

Question: I saw a notice in the newspaper that there is a high level of E. coli in the lower American River at the confluence of the Sacramento River in Sacramento County. I am planning on going striper fishing with my son there. Is it safe to eat the fish if we catch some stripers? Where can I find more information?...
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It’s free to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon for both residents and non-residents. Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag...
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