Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding sturgeon anglers to return their 2017 Sturgeon Fishing Report Cards as required by law. Although the deadline to report their catch was Jan. 31, 2018, so far about 13,754 – or 31 percent – of the 44,374 report cards have been returned. Sport fishing regulations require that all sturgeon anglers...
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Fish evacuees leave Leaburg, other hatcheries
by ODFW, MARCH 15, 2018
Columbia River

Many of the 1.75 million juvenile fish evacuated from Cascade Hatchery in Cascade Locks after last year’s Eagle Creek Fire in the Gorge are now on their way from the Pacific Northwest’s rivers to the Columbia River and eventually, the Pacific Ocean. The evacuation was due to the threat of debris flow when storms passed over areas hit by the Eagle Creek Fire....
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Salmon season returns to the North Coast
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 15, 2018

Klamath River - Lower

In a process that had more twists and turns than San Francisco’s Lombard Street, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on Wednesday released three preliminary alternatives for managing salmon fisheries from Humbug Mountain (OR) to Horse Mountain (which includes Humboldt County). According to the PFMC, 359,200 Klamath and 229,432 Sacramento fall Chinook are said to be swimming in the ocean,...
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ODFW Recreation Report Highlights
by ODFW, MARCH 14, 2018

Winter steelhead ain’t over yet Though many winter steelhead runs have peaked, this can be a good time to hit the water. There are still lots of fish available, but many anglers have moved on to other opportunities, leaving more water for you. Time to gear up for spring Chinook Some anglers wait all year for spring Chinook season, and reports of early...
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California wildlife officers have uncovered what is likely the largest raptor poaching case in known California history, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced. Wildlife officers assigned to Lassen County received an anonymous tip from someone who reportedly witnessed a man killing a hawk near the town of Standish. The local wildlife officer conducted surveillance, then visited the private...
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Surf Perching with Crusteaz
Jerry Back
by Jerry Back, MARCH 13, 2018

Ocean Beach

I live pretty close to Ocean Beach, San Francisco.  It’s actually only a short, 10 minute walk from my house, so it’s often going to be the place you’ll find me fishing on a regular basis.  Striped bass can be found here during the late-Spring and Summer months, but most of the time the fish to be relied upon to...
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