Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


Fall may be months away but it’s time to start planning your big game hunt. Don’t forget to apply for a controlled hunt by Tuesday, May 15, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Apply online, at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses. The cost is $8 per application and hunters need a 2018 annual hunting license to apply. Many hunters wait till the...
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Additional sections of the California coast will open up to recreational ocean salmon fishing in June. In the Klamath Management Zone, which is the area between the Oregon/California state line and Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude), the season will open June 1 and continue through Sept. 3, 2018. The Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas, which extend from Horse Mountain to...
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May 19 steelhead fishing workshop in Troutdale
by ODFW, MAY 7, 2018
Columbia River

Register by May 14 for a steelhead fishing workshop on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Glen Otto Community Park (1106 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale). The event is co-hosted by ODFW and the Sandy River Chapter, Association of NW Steelheaders. Register online at https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/license (call Jason at (503) 947-6025 if you need help registering).  The workshop is for beginning anglers to learn the essential elements of steelhead...
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14 Days left till the Oregon KMZ opens
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, MAY 5, 2018

Port of Brookings Harbor

Salmon fishermen of the salt - start your engines!  In exactly 14 days (May 19), salmon anglers of the salt are going to be launching from the Port of Brookings Harbor in search of 3-, 4- and 5-year old Chinook. So now is the time when anglers should be prepping their rods, reels and vessel apparatus for what could be an...
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The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the reopening of razor clamming from the south jetty of the Umpqua River, at Winchester Bay to Cape Arago, south of Coos Bay as domoic acid levels have dropped below the alert level. The opening means razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River...
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A Stubborn Fish Called Cabezon
by Sarkis Kasparian, MAY 4, 2018

The cabezon (Scorpaenichthys marmoratus) is a unique fish living on the Pacific coast. Generally found near the ocean floor, the cabezon is known for being stubborn because of its temperament and its ability to remain nearly motionless until its next meal. They also have poisonous spines that match their attitude! Cabezon is Spanish for “big headed,” which perfectly describes this...
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