Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


California anglers interested in the recreational Pacific halibut fishery are invited to provide input to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) via an online survey. The short survey, which will be open through Feb. 23, will help inform CDFW biologists about angler preferences for open fishing dates during the upcoming 2018 season. Results of the survey will be used...
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Rivers are green, but bite is slow
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 8, 2018

Chetco River

This past weekend saw all of our coastal steelhead rivers turn some shade of green – some emerald and some olive. Condition-wise, it was probably the best we’ve had this season. But pristine conditions only last so long. And now, as we go another week deeper into a disheartening dry spell, some rivers are getting too low to drift and...
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Spring bear hunters should be aware that there is an error in the 2018 Oregon Big Game Regulations. The W Blue Mtns hunt (#749A) wrongly lists the opening date as April 15. The correct opening date for this hunt is April 1, as it has been for many years. The deadline to apply for a spring bear tag is Saturday, Feb....
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 38 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration. The grants, which total $14.4 million, are distributed through CDFW’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP). They include $480,605 allocated for timber legacy restoration...
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The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) today ordered a five-year suspension of the license of Pacific Star Sportfishing, Inc., a recreational sportfishing vessel operator. The decision was made following oral arguments heard at the Commission meeting today in Sacramento. In an undercover operation and subsequent boarding by officers in 2013, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wildlife officers observed...
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Diverted River Sustains California Wine Country, but It’s Killing Salmon
by Matt Wieser, FEBRUARY 7, 2018
Eel River - South Fork

[Utility PG&E’s Potter Valley Project includes two dams on the Eel River that are up for relicensing. Water diversions into the Russian River for power generation are in jeopardy as salmon and steelhead remain at risk of extinction.] FEW PEOPLE OUTSIDE Northern California have heard of the Eel River. But if you’re a wine lover, there’s a good chance you’ve enjoyed its water in...
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