Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Tule Lake NWR, Modoc County
Healthy sandhill cranes have nothing to fear from coyotes when they can simply jump into the sky.


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers that the north coast red abalone fishery will be closed in 2018. In December 2017, the Fish and Game Commission voted to close the 2018 season. The closure is the result of extreme environmental conditions, including a widespread collapse of northern California kelp forests (cdfwmarine.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/perfect-storm-decimates-kelp/). CDFW surveys in 2017 found low...
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During the first week of April, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Feather River Hatchery will stock 51,800 yearling steelhead into the Thermalito Afterbay near Oroville.  This is the second juvenile steelhead release of the year and brings the total number of steelhead stocked in the Afterbay this season to 234,000. The practice of stocking the Afterbay with steelhead...
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The construction of a new boat-launch facility is scheduled to begin May 15 at Trout Lake in Siskiyou County. This project will make access to Trout Lake easier and safer for anglers and other recreationalists. In February 2017, the Wildlife Conservation Board awarded the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) $900,000 for improvements to fishing access to Shasta Valley Wildlife...
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Dungeness and Bottomfish Galore - Rogue Springers on the Way!
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, APRIL 1, 2018

Port of Brookings Harbor

The weather started getting progressively nicer outside the Port of Brookings Harbor, which begged bottom-grabbing hunters to cross the Chetco River bar and limit or near-limit out most of the week on Dungeness crab, rockfish and some pretty hefty lingcod. With local rivers still high, that prompted anglers to head south for their limits.  Anglers need to be aware not to...
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Income tax returns are due April 16, so there’s still time to make a Voluntary Tax Contribution or two that benefit wildlife on your California Form 540. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) needs your help to save the more than 300 listed threatened and endangered plant and animal species that are native to our state. The Rare and...
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How Do I Catch a Trespasser on My Property?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, MARCH 30, 2018

Question: I own property in a rural part of Monterey County although I don’t live there all the time. I am there most weekends and many weeklong stretches throughout the year. Twice in the last month, I found a gate open on my property that should always be closed. I know for sure I left it latched and there were no...
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