Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Patterson Lake, Modoc County
Riding into the back country is a modern day adventure that allows us to reflect on a time past.


Overdrawing groundwater can not only cause the ground to sink, it can also lead to a river or lake disappearing. In most rivers and lakes, the water surface you see above ground is the same elevation as the water below ground, and any changes to the groundwater level will affect the water at the surface. Surface water helps maintain the groundwater supply...
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Something’s Fishy Here
The Outdoor Edge
by Don Webster, JANUARY 22, 2018

Most of us have at least one, favorite fishing story that tickles our funny bone. And we all know that fishermen are born honest, but they soon get over it. I was once told by an angling buddy of mine that all fishermen were liars except me and him, but sometimes he wasn’t so sure about me. A friend of mine...
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Brining Bait for Shasta Lake Salmon and Trout
by Jeff Goodwin, JANUARY 21, 2018
Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake in northern California is the largest water reservoir in California, holding nearly 4.6 million acre feet of water.  With depths as deep as 517 feet, and over 365 miles of shoreline, it is very rich in its aquatic nutrients for resident fish species. It hosts a massive population of different fish species including, King salmon, trout, bass, panfish,...
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A Humboldt County man who attempted to shoot a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CFDW) wildlife officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr., 25, was convicted in Humboldt County Superior Court of assault with a firearm upon a peace officer with an enhancement of personally using a firearm, being a felon in possession of...
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High Water Should Provide Perfect Plunking Opportunities
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 20, 2018

Chetco River

Earlier in the week from Sunday through Tuesday, both boaters and bankies on the Chetco River were catching the occasional winter steelhead.  They may not have been numerous, but they were worth the wait - fat and sassy specimens averaging anywhere from 8 to 12 pounds. Not a bad average, especially for hatchery steelhead. Those could be 2- or 3-salt fish, depending on how...
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ODFW will be asking for public input on the upcoming spring halibut season for the central Oregon coast at a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the ODFW Marine Resources Program conference room, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport. ODFW staff will give an overview of the results of the International Pacific Halibut Commission Annual meeting and the resulting...
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