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Abert Rim, Lake County, Oregon
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Free fishing days Feb. 17-18 in Oregon
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 5, 2018

It’s free to fish, crab or clam on the Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 17-18, so take a friend! During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag and a Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. Although no licenses or tags are required, all other regulations apply...
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Snowpack Below Average Despite Gains
by Department of Water Resources, FEBRUARY 4, 2018

Despite moderate January precipitation in the Sierra Nevada after an historically dry December, this week's Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey east of Sacramento found little snowpack there, two months into what is typically California’s wettest three months. Measurements at Phillips Station revealed a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 2.6 inches, 14 percent of the early-February average at Phillips as measured there...
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Leave a wildlife legacy
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 4, 2018

 Help support Oregon’s imperiled wildlife by donating to the Nongame Wildlife Fund when completing your 2017 Oregon state tax return or filing your “screen settlement” claim. Join the thousands of Oregonians who have helped protect the fish and wildlife of greatest conservation concern and funded wildlife habitat improvement projects on private and public lands. You’ll help support 88 percent of the...
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Pacific Herring Arrive in Crescent City in Full Force
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 3, 2018

Chetco River

Fishermen - start your sabikis!  Pacific herring have made their annual appearance on January 31 in Del Norte Harbor in Crescent City, but they arrived in full force on February 1. "Today was the big day," said Loren Taylor from Englund Marine Supply in Crescent City on Thursday. "They're big and they're in there pretty thick." Hordes of Pacific herring were being...
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The Fish and Wildlife Commission will host a reception Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show in Portland and then meet Friday, Feb. 9 at the Sheraton Hotel, Portland Airport, 8235 NE Airport Way. Thursday’s reception is in the Green Theater at Portland Expo from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and is a great opportunity to meet Commission members, ODFW Director Curt...
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Whiskeytown Lake Kokanee bait
by Jeff Goodwin, FEBRUARY 2, 2018
Whiskeytown Reservoir

Winter in Northern California can be both beautiful and brutal depending on what kind of weather patterns Mother Nature sends our way.  This winter has been relatively mild and we've seen weather that resembles springtime more than it does our typical winter.  On a positive note, some of our local fishing opportunities do very well in the spring, so it's...
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