Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon


Birds of a Feather Prey Together
by FISHBIO, JANUARY 29, 2018

Fish are food for a wide array of species in rivers and lakes. As noted in our testimony before members of Congress, predation by nonnative fishes is an understudied source of stress on salmon and trout populations, particularly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. However, as some are quick to point out, birds are other predators that can also take a bite out of threatened...
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With cold winds, icy roads and single-digit temperatures, most think of January in the high desert as a time to settle indoors in front of a warm fire. Nevertheless, there is a group of public land users who flock to the frigid hillsides during January. They are upland bird hunters, the most dedicated of whom pursue the chukar, a partridge...
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Make Your Own Plunking Slider
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JANUARY 27, 2018

Chetco River

With all the high water Oregon and California rivers have been experiencing this week, the first anglers who will be taking advantage of the high-water conditions will inevitably by those who are plunking Spin-N-Glos from the bank. So being the resourceful fishermen that we are, everybody's going to take advantage of the latest fad on the water.  For the last few...
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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days will be held the weekend of Feb. 3-4, providing young licensed hunters an extra weekend to hunt after the regular season ends. Each year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) opens many of its wildlife areas for these youth hunt days, as allowed under federal regulations. The majority of state areas will be open throughout...
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Thursday, January 25, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham lifted the commercial spiny lobster fishery closure in state waters around the northeast side of Santa Cruz Island and the south side of Anacapa Island as recommended by state health agencies. According to the notice from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, sampling of spiny...
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Clams Everywhere
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JANUARY 25, 2018

Newport Beach

Question: What causes thousands and thousands of tiny clams to be left on shore at Newport Beach as far as the eye can see? This was Sunday, Jan. 14. Does this happen regularly, and if so, why? (Edwin Marcus) Answer: Those appear to be bean clams (Donax gouldii). This is a Southern California clam species found on sandy shores from Point Conception to...
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