Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


Saving a Place for Wildlife
On Patrol
by Steven T. Callan, MARCH 3, 2018

Late in November 1959, I was an eleven-year-old boy riding in the back seat of our family car as my father drove us north of Sacramento for the first time. I remember looking out the window and marveling at flocks of flying waterfowl and a vast landscape of wetlands, rice fields, grain fields, and open space -- all the way...
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Late rain heralds in fresh incoming steel - Lower Rogue River
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, MARCH 3, 2018

Rogue River

There is no doubt that the unseasonable variability of rainfall this year has affected the intensity of angling and fishing methods regarding winter steelhead. In a rainforest such as the Pacific Northwest, a steelheader does not usually expect to go more than a week before he or she is able to deploy steelhead techniques from the bank or from a...
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Making sense of bait regulations
by CDFW, MARCH 2, 2018

Question: Is it legal to catch sunfish and use them as live bait for bigger fish? What kind of live bait can you use in freshwater? (Anonymous) Answer: Those are seemingly simple questions, but the answers are complicated and detailed. The basic answer is: it depends. It depends on the California Sport Fishing District where you will be fishing, the individual body of...
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Become a volunteer Angler Education Instructor for ODFW and help others learn to fish! ODFW’s Aquatic and Angling Education Program staff will host a free training Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Oregon Department of Forestry, 3150 Main Street, Springfield. Lunch is provided. Pre-registration is required by March 12. Contact Janice Copple at 503-947-6019 or janice.b.copple@state.or.us to register. The training is open to anyone 18 years of age or...
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ODFW’s Access and Habitat Program and the C2 Ranch are offering 10 youth hunters the chance to hunt turkey on the ranch’s 9,500-acre property near Medford this spring. The deadline to apply is March 30 and winners will be drawn on April 2. Each winner will get a one-day guided hunt. A parent or other adult can also accompany the youth...
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Free kid's fishing days set
by Gary Heffley, MARCH 1, 2018

A couple of dates and locations have been announced for upcoming Free Kid's Fishing Events in the North State. These events are very popular with the entire family and offer youth the chance to catch trout, even if they have never fished before. As a frequent volunteer,  I can attest that many first-time anglers net their first catch trophy at...
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