Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County
Heading offshore at dawn with a calm sea is the wish of every saltwater angler and skipper.


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering wild pig hunting opportunities in March and April at the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area in Solano County. CDFW will be holding the limited-entry, permit-only hunts to control a small population of wild pigs on the Joice Island Unit of the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Joice Island is a 2,150-acre wetland area...
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CDFW February 2018 Calendar of Events
by CDFW, JANUARY 30, 2018

Weekends — Ecological Reserve Tours at Elkhorn Slough. Volunteers lead walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. The day use permit fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older (permits may be purchased...
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Fishing Basics
by Gary Heffley, JANUARY 30, 2018

I am frequently asked about fishing opportunities in the North State, from recommendations about where to go, what baits to use, guides in the area, or what fish are available. And I especially take pleasure in those who ask about getting started in the sport. Most fishermen, by nature, love to talk about and share their knowledge and information. Beginners should not...
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Birds of a Feather Prey Together
by FISHBIO, JANUARY 29, 2018

Fish are food for a wide array of species in rivers and lakes. As noted in our testimony before members of Congress, predation by nonnative fishes is an understudied source of stress on salmon and trout populations, particularly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. However, as some are quick to point out, birds are other predators that can also take a bite out of threatened...
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With cold winds, icy roads and single-digit temperatures, most think of January in the high desert as a time to settle indoors in front of a warm fire. Nevertheless, there is a group of public land users who flock to the frigid hillsides during January. They are upland bird hunters, the most dedicated of whom pursue the chukar, a partridge...
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Make Your Own Plunking Slider
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 27, 2018

Chetco River

With all the high water Oregon and California rivers have been experiencing this week, the first anglers who will be taking advantage of the high-water conditions will inevitably by those who are plunking Spin-N-Glos from the bank. So being the resourceful fishermen that we are, everybody's going to take advantage of the latest fad on the water.  For the last few...
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