Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


ODFW has set regulations for the popular spring Chinook fisheries on the Deschutes and Hood rivers, with both fisheries set to open on April 15. Deschutes River: Open for hatchery Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth of the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls. The catch limit is one adult hatchery salmon per day, and five jack hatchery salmon per day. All...
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Saltwater Species Continues to be the Main Draw
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, FEBRUARY 24, 2018

Chetco River

Once again, the humming of electric fillet knives were vibrating the cleaning tables with reckless abandon last week at the Brookings Harbor fillet station. Air temperatures that have been averaging between 34 and 40 degrees have been likened to fishing inside a refrigerator, and that fact has kept the boat populace down to a minimum, which is a good thing. With angler...
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Volunteers Needed for Bighorn Sheep Survey
by CDFW, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep (SCBS) are seeking volunteers to assist biologists with a sheep count in the San Gabriel Mountains on March 3 and 4, 2018 (Saturday evening and all day Sunday). No survey experience is necessary to participate but volunteers must attend an orientation on...
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States set 2018 Columbia River spring Chinook seasons
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Columbia River

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River during a joint state hearing. The lower Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season will take place from Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, April 7 from Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock, plus bank angling from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline. Above Bonneville Dam, the recreational Chinook season...
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At its Feb. 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.9 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 15 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife—including some endangered species—while others will provide public access to important natural resources. Several projects will also demonstrate the importance of protecting...
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Small Game Hunting Restrictions
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, FEBRUARY 22, 2018

Question: What is the reasoning for not allowing small game (squirrel and rabbit) hunting in the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge units? The California squirrel hunting map indicates that the entire north state is an open squirrel zone and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website does not say anything about not being able to hunt these areas. There...
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