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Trinidad Harbor, Humboldt County
The opportunistic river otter looks for fish scraps on the charter boat dock in Trinidad.


Feather River Hatchery Salmon Ladder Now Open
by CDFW, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
Feather River

The fish ladder at Feather River Hatchery in Oroville opened Monday, Sept. 18, signaling the start of the spawning season on the Feather River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hatchery workers opened the gates in the ladder about 8 a.m. Normally more than 3 million spring-run eggs and 12 million fall-run eggs are taken over the next two months in order...
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Commission adopts 2018 Big Game Regulations
by ODFW, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted Big Game Regulations when it met today in Welches, Ore. There are a few changes including shifts in season dates. The Commission updated language to make it clearer that mechanical and moveable blades are not lawful to use for archery hunting. The Commission declined to expand the prohibition on night vision optics until they further explore...
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California Fish and Game Commission ready for big changes!
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Trinity River

Yes the CDFG is at it again. It appears that the non-fishers have convinced the Commission to make some changes to the Fish & Game Regulations for river fishing. Someone convinced them they should shorten up the leader length; remove any weight to flies; use no additive to hardware (spinners-spoons) and several others I don’t remember at this time. This...
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ODFW is looking for volunteers to help with the Fall Chinook Program at Salmon River Hatchery this fall. Staff will activate the fish trap this weekend with the forecasted rain, and volunteer shifts will be available starting next week. In 2016, Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program volunteers contributed over 500 hours at the Salmon River Hatchery and were responsible for the...
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ODFW evacuating fish from Cascade Hatchery
by ODFW, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
Columbia River

ODFW staff are evacuating about 1.65 million coho salmon and 132,000 spring Chinook salmon from Cascade Hatchery today and tomorrow due to the threat of debris flow in areas burned by the Eagle Creek Fire. “Rain is forecast next week in areas scorched by the Eagle Creek Fire, and we expect to see mudslides and debris flow,” said Brett Requa, ODFW east region...
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ODFW Issues Severe Ocean Bottomfishing Restrictions
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Eureka Coast

Beginning Monday, September 18, Oregon recreational anglers will no longer be allowed to retain ocean groundfish and lingcod, a day that will forever be known as Black Monday.  The ban will continue through the rest of the year or until further notice is given by ODFW. The restrictions apply to all anglers, be they boaters, shore-based fishermen or divers, and the ban includes...
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