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Clear Lake, Lake County
Bass fishing is a very popular sport but only a handful of anglers manage to catch the big ones.


Our Deer Friends
On Patrol
by Steven T. Callan, DECEMBER 1, 2017

During the thirty-plus years Kathy and I have lived in the foothills east of Redding, we’ve been treated to occasional visits from black-tailed deer. They generally don’t stay long -- a day or two -- then they move on. Sometimes they’ll pay us a visit at night while we’re sleeping. The next morning, a trail of partially eaten plants tells...
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Is a License Needed to Fish the Alameda Rock Wall?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Question: My questions have to do with the Alameda rock wall located behind Encinal High School in Alameda (Alameda County). Is a California fishing license required at the Alameda rock wall? I’ve heard some say that it is considered a public pier and would not require a license. Also, how many poles (lines) are you allowed to have per angler at...
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Plenty of fishable water for the weekend
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, NOVEMBER 30, 2017

For the first time this winter, just about all of our coastal rivers will come into play at the same time. Following last Sunday’s big rise —  and without any substantial rainfall since — the rivers have been dropping quickly all week. From the Smith down to the South Fork Eel, all the rivers should be some shade of fishable...
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ODFW Recreation Report Highlights
by ODFW, NOVEMBER 29, 2017

Cold, wet forecasts brighten duck hunting prospects Several wildlife areas report good habitat conditions with plenty of water, and increasing numbers of migrant birds arriving. Add a little blustery weather and hunters have a good recipe for duck hunting success. Check out the waterfowl and upland bird harvest statistics at ODFW wildlife areas. Winter steelhead have arrived Some early returning hatchery fish already have been...
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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, Dec. 7 beginning at 8 a.m. in the Commission Room at the ODFW Headquarters Office, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive in Salem. The meeting is open to the public and the agenda includes STEP program planning, STEP program updates, and review of mini-grant applications. The...
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CDFW December Events Calendar
by CDFW, NOVEMBER 29, 2017

Weekends — Guided Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 12:30 p.m. The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than a half-mile through this premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Tours are cancelled in the event of heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. This...
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