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ODFW seeks comment on two fish passage exemptions
by ODFW, APRIL 21, 2017
Coyote Creek

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is seeking public comment on two requests to exempt from fish passage requirements at two independent locations, one on an unnamed tributary to W FK Coyote Creek in Lane County and the second on an unnamed tributary to Quedo Creek in Josephine County. Comments are due by May 12, 2017. Tim Payne is...
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Ruth Lake Bass tourney coming in May
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, APRIL 21, 2017

Ruth Lake

The Southern Trinity Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its 11th annual Ruth Lake Bass Tournament on Saturday, May 6. Blast off  begins at 6:00 a.m. Entry fees are due May 1. Entries are $150 per team (includes Big Fish). First Place is $1,500 and second place is $1,000. Big Fish will win $100. One in five payback based on full...
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Leave Young Wildlife Alone
by CDFW, APRIL 21, 2017

With late spring and early summer being the peak time for California’s wildlife to bear their young, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder to well-intentioned citizens: If you find a seemingly abandoned young wild animal, you should leave it alone. Even though it may be hard to resist picking up a young wild animal that...
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Properly Catching and Releasing Fish while Taking Photos?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, APRIL 20, 2017

Question: My friends and I are all fly fishermen who promote catch and release fishing rather than taking fish for consumption. Many other fishermen, fishing guides and lodges, as well as most fly fishing magazines also claim to share this philosophy but then publish untold numbers of photos of people holding the fish they’ve caught. Typically these photos reveal the fish...
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Klamath and Trinity closed for fall-run kings in 2017
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, APRIL 20, 2017

Klamath River - Middle

The fall-run Chinook fishery on both the Klamath and Trinity rivers will be closed in 2017. The California Fish and Game Commission last Thursday voted to close both rivers to the take of any size Chinook salmon after the fall seasons begin — Aug. 15 on the Klamath and Aug. 31 on the Trinity. Many factors led us to this...
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Family Fishing Event featured during Family Fun Day
by ODFW, APRIL 19, 2017
Empire Lakes

A Family Fishing Event is set for Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Middle Empire Lake as part of Coos Bay’s annual Family Fun Day. Families compete a clinic to learn about fishing. Afterwards, kids can fish an enclosure in the lake that is stocked with 2,500 rainbow trout. ODFW provides loaner rods, reels and tackle. Kids 11 and...
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