Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Clear Lake, Lake County
Bass fishing is a very popular sport but only a handful of anglers manage to catch the big ones.


Climate change is the single biggest threat to native salmonids in California, according to a new study from California Trout and the University of California, Davis. CONSERVATION GROUPS, FISHING organizations and biologists have been working tirelessly for decades to protect California’s trout and salmon. They have restored floodplains where juveniles find food and shelter, are arranging to remove obstructive dams from the Klamath...
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Kilarc One More Time
by John Higley, MAY 22, 2017

Kilarc Reservoir

Last Friday my pal Russ Herrick and I were at it again. Due to inclement weather, and my spring turkey hunting travels, neither of us has had time to fish this spring, and we finally decided to do something about it. At 8 a.m., after eating breakfast at home Russ showed up at my house, and we wasted no time tossing...
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Mergansers: The Plunging Ducks
by FISHBIO, MAY 21, 2017

With some 50 species of ducks and geese found throughout California, the Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) might easily get overlooked as one of many ducks in a crowd; however, its unique characteristics are certainly worthy of notice. Although Common Mergansers are a member of the duck family, they have some traits that differentiate them from “typical” duck species. They have straight, narrow...
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There is no such thing as a salmon season
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, MAY 20, 2017

Rogue River

I remember when folks used to make statements like, "So when is the salmon season opening?" Or, "Will there be a salmon season this year?" The aforementioned statements get uttered frequently by people who think that there is only one solitary salmon season for the states or Washington, Oregon and California, And I must admit that at one time in my life...
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Big Game Drawing Deadline Approaches
by CDFW, MAY 20, 2017

Time is running out for California hunters to apply for the 2017 Big Game Drawing. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting applications for elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and deer tags as well as fundraising random drawing tags.  Applicants must complete the sales transaction before midnight June 2, 2017. Applications may be submitted anywhere California hunting licenses...
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Many changes on Upper Hat Creek
by Gary Heffley, MAY 19, 2017
Hat Creek - Upper

Many anglers are finding that fishing is quite a bit different than in past seasons on Hat Creek due to high flows from the winter storms.  Some of the more popular access points have seen major changes such as a popular log dam pool at the Bridge Picnic Ground cleared to the bank and a fast riffle in place of...
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