Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


Due to poor crab meat quality test results conducted at the beginning of November, the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has issued a memo delaying the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season in Fish and Game Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 (Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties) for a minimum of 15 days until Dec. 16, under...
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Secretary of Interior Suspends Tamwg
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, NOVEMBER 27, 2017

Trinity River

On Monday November 20, 2017, I was officially notified by the Designated Federal Officer to the Trinity Management Council (TMC), that the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG) of the Trinity River Restoration Project (TRRP) was “indefinitely suspended by the Secretary of Interior”. This means that “Stake Holders” to the Trinity River Restoration Project will no longer be represented for any...
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Forest Service Opens Upper Chetco Put-ins
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

Chetco River

The U.S. Forest Service just issued a news release last week that popular upper Chetco River put-ins and take outs such as Miller Bar, Nook Bar and the South Fork Bluffs camping area will now be officially open to folks visiting those areas.  This applies most especially to boaters who float the Chetco. Forest visitors should be aware that these areas...
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Question: I recently heard that a recreational lobster diver who takes lobster from a commercial lobster trap could be arrested and booked into jail on felony charges. Is this true? (Anonymous diver, Orange County) Answer: Yes, it’s true. California Penal Code, section 487 includes several subsections that describe Grand Theft, which is in fact, a felony. A recreational diver who steals fish, shellfish,...
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ODFW Recreation Report Highlights
by ODFW, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

#OptOutside on black Friday #OptOutside on black Friday, Nov. 24, with the help of FREE FISHING. On Friday and Saturday (Nov.25) you won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon that’s open to fishing. Check the weekly Recreation Report, and follow us on social media to learn more about upcoming opportunities. Best bets for free fishing Nov. 24 and 25 Several waterbodies are being...
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The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the reopening of recreational and commercial bay crabbing from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the north jetty of Coos Bay. The reopening includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. Crab samples taken from the area indicate...
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