Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

Hart Mountain, Lake County
Barren rocks, bitten hard by wind and water, become ideal canvasses for nature's artistic touch.


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is conducting an art contest to select the design for the state’s 2017-2018 upland game bird stamp. The California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and over. Entries will be accepted from Oct. 30 through Nov.15. This year’s stamp will feature the Wilson’s snipe (Gallinago delicate),...
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Valley Heat Fuels Rogue Bay Fishery
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, AUGUST 19, 2017

Rogue River

Sweltering hot temperatures in the Rogue Valley continue to heat up the lower Rogue River water, causing king salmon to stack up in the Rogue Bay. By the way, Chinook salmon and king salmon are the same creature only with different names. Fishing in the Rogue Bay slowed down somewhat on Wednesday, meaning that instead of guide boats limiting out in 3 hours, sometimes...
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow elk in Douglas County. On the morning of August 12th, 2017, OSP was notified of a dead cow elk southeast of the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. The animal was located near the intersection of...
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Possessing Steel and Lead while Hunting Chukar and Quail?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, AUGUST 17, 2017

Question: The ban on hunting with lead ammunition is being phased in. It now includes chukar, while the use of lead will continue to be allowed for quail until the 2019 season. My question is can hunters carry both types of shells (lead and steel) in the field if they are hunting areas where they might reasonably expect to find both...
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Klamath remains open for steelhead, closed for salmon
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, AUGUST 17, 2017

Klamath River - Middle

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. The Klamath River, for the first time that anyone can remember, is completely closed to salmon fishing as of Tuesday, Aug. 15. With only 12,000 adult fall-run Chinook expected to return, an all-time low, the closure was needed to help protect the stocks. The Klamath fall-run Chinook are currently classified...
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ODFW Recreation Report
by ODFW, AUGUST 17, 2017

Buoy 10 anglers reeling in some impressive Chinook catches The Buoy 10 Chinook season is now in full swing, with anglers out in force to reel in this signature fish of the Pacific Northwest. An estimated 613,800 fall Chinook are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall. Now’s the time to find out why this is one of Oregon’s...
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