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.


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has become aware of a population of invasive nutria (Myocastor coypus) reproducing within the San Joaquin Valley. Given the severity of potential impacts and the impacts realized in other infested states, CDFW believes early intervention actions could be successful in eradicating nutria from the area and is asking the public’s help in...
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Measuring Lobsters the Right Way
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Question: I jumped on an open party lobster trip recently (their counts were high!). The crew members were measuring while all of us were watching up close. The 3 ¼” tool would drop over the carapace and if fairly tight, they claimed it to be a “keeper.” When I politely asked them about this, they were adamant that these were legal...
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Incident At Shasta Lake
by John Higley, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Shasta Lake

In case you haven’t noticed, the weather lately has been way too good to keep us inside for any length of time.  That being the case, my friend Russ Herrick and I headed for Jones Valley and the shores of Shasta Lake the other day.  Our goal was to do a little bank fishing for trout which, I heard from...
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California anglers interested in the recreational Pacific halibut fishery are invited to provide input to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) via an online survey. The short survey, which will be open through Feb. 23, will help inform CDFW biologists about angler preferences for open fishing dates during the upcoming 2018 season. Results of the survey will be used...
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Rivers are green, but bite is slow
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 8, 2018

Chetco River

This past weekend saw all of our coastal steelhead rivers turn some shade of green – some emerald and some olive. Condition-wise, it was probably the best we’ve had this season. But pristine conditions only last so long. And now, as we go another week deeper into a disheartening dry spell, some rivers are getting too low to drift and...
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Spring bear hunters should be aware that there is an error in the 2018 Oregon Big Game Regulations. The W Blue Mtns hunt (#749A) wrongly lists the opening date as April 15. The correct opening date for this hunt is April 1, as it has been for many years. The deadline to apply for a spring bear tag is Saturday, Feb....
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