Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


Despite low flows, steelhead options are plenty
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Smith River

While the lack of rain has most steelhead anglers singing the blues, there are however, a few bright spots. Especially if you like to throw on a pair of waders and head to the river bar. The Mad River is probably as good now as it’s been all season. With plenty of bank access, it’s probably the best steelhead option...
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ODFW Recreation Report Highlights
by ODFW, FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Best bets for free fishing weekend (Feb. 17-18) Lingcod fishing has been “melt-your-face-off-hot” on the Oregon coast Mid-February is when winter steelhead fishing really starts picking up on the Clackamas and Sandy rivers. So if you haven’t been out yet, this would be a good weekend to start. Coos County beaches have been giving up redtail surfperch when the surf conditions allow.  Fly-fishers will...
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Fish Tales with Justin Kroeze
Backcountry Travels
by Phil "Flip" Akers, FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Moccasin Creek

I recently spent a morning with Justin Kroeze, Hatchery Manager II at the Moccasin Creek Fish Hatchery. Established in 1954, and one of 13 trout hatcheries managed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), this is a designated hatchery for Region 4, and depending on the State’s budget, produces between 200,000 and 500,000 pounds of trout yearly. Please join me...
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Winter-Run Critical Habitat Conundrum
Sacramento River

Just when you think you’ve got a species figured out, sometimes they show up where they’re “not supposed to be” and make you reconsider. This recently happened in the fish world, when adult winter-run Chinook salmon, an endangered fish previously thought to only inhabit the mainstem Sacramento River downstream of Keswick Dam, were found to have actually reared in multiple Sacramento River...
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A ram that died of natural causes is the pending new World's Record bighorn sheep. The Boone and Crockett Club today confirmed the official entry score of 216-3/8 points B&C. The nine-year-old ram lived his entire life on Wild Horse Island, a state park located in Northwest Montana's Flathead Lake. The ram was officially scored at the Club's national headquarters in...
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Oregon's Fish Screening Task Force will meet Thursday, Feb.15 in Salem at ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and the agenda includes an update on projects and activities happening throughout Oregon. The ODFW Fish Screening Program administers a cost share program for the installation of screens at water diversions. Fish screens prevent the loss of fish when water is...
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