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Trinidad Harbor, Humboldt County
The opportunistic river otter looks for fish scraps on the charter boat dock in Trinidad.


 


Fishing to a trickle
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 30, 2017

Smith River

“Fishing is pretty tough on the Smith right now,” said guide Mike Coopman. “For whatever reason, we haven’t seen a good push of downers in the lower river yet. They’re getting some upriver, but they seem to be just trickling down. We’ve been getting one to two hookups per trip this week.”
California's Wild Climate to Become More Volatile
by Lydia O’Connor, MARCH 30, 2017


TO UNDERSTAND HOW climate change is creating a world of extremes, look to California, where the reality of severe drought coupled with intense precipitation threatens millions of residents, a rich ecosystem and the dated infrastructure designed to protect them. The record rains soaking the most populous U.S. state this winter seemed an impossible reprieve: Following the state’s driest years on record – which forced extreme water rationing and left...
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Chetco/Elk/Sixes
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 30, 2017

Chetco River

The Chetco was still too high to fish this week and will probably be above 4,000 cfs through Friday, the last day of the season,” said Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. “The river has been blown out for the past two weeks, pretty much ending steelhead season early. The river re-opens in late May for cutthroat trout. The Elk...
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Shelter Cove outlook
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 30, 2017



“It’s going to be a pretty tricky launching situation this weekend with big swells and low tides.” said Jake Mitchell of Sea Hawk Sport Fishing. “I would try to avoid coming or going during low tide. My guess is it will be fishable on Saturday and questionable on Sunday. The cove can surprise you quite often, for better or worse,...
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Shelter Cove salmon opener set for Saturday
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 29, 2017

Klamath River - Lower

On Saturday, California’s recreational ocean salmon season will open from Horse Mountain south to the U.S./Mexico border. The area to the north of Horse Mountain, which includes Eureka, Trinidad, and Crescent City, will be sitting on the sidelines this season due to a record low 54,200 Klamath River fall Chinook salmon forecasted to be swimming in the ocean. The ocean...
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ODFW Weekly Recreational Report
by ODFW, MARCH 29, 2017


First of several Free Fishing Days will take place April 22-23 Anglers and would-be anglers can enjoy a weekend of free fishing on April 22-23. On these two days, Oregonians and visitors can fish, crab and clam for free anywhere in Oregon without a license, tag or endorsement. This is the first of eight Free Fishing days in Oregon this year....
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