Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

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


Time to troll the Rogue Bay
Southern Oregon
by Larry Ellis, JUNE 24, 2017

Rogue River

Sweltering hot inland temperatures are expected to raise the temperature of the lower Rogue River to 70-plus degrees.  On Thursday, the water temperature at Elephant Rock was already close to 70 degrees. Salmon won't cross this wall of uncomfortably-warm water, which pushes them back downriver to the bay where the corpulent kings find their ideal comfort zone of 52 to 54...
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Bill Croyle, DWR Acting Director, Retires
by Department of Water Resources, JUNE 24, 2017

The California Department of Water Resources Acting Director William R. Croyle yesterday announced his retirement, effective July 1, 2017. Croyle put his original retirement plans on hold in January 2017 when he was asked by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. to serve as Acting Director of the department. Cindy Messer, DWR Chief Deputy Director, will serve as Acting Director of the...
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On June 21, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted unanimously to reduce sage-grouse hunting permits to zero for the 2017 season. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommended this action to the Commission based on spring lek (breeding ground) surveys that showed significantly fewer sage-grouse in all four hunting zones. Although managed hunting, in and of itself,...
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Trinity Lake salmon bag limit increased for 2017
by Jeff Goodwin, JUNE 22, 2017
Trinity River - Above Clair Engle Lake

Now that it's time to head up to Trinity Lake to fish for landlocked King and Kokanee salmon, it's important to note a CDFW regulation change for 2017 that has created an even greater incentive to make the trip up to this amazing fishery.   CDFW has increased the daily bag limit to (10) landlocked salmon with a possession limit...
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Reflections of burns past
by Gary Heffley, JUNE 22, 2017

The current HOT weather is no joke. Everyone should be limiting exposure and activity as heat related stroke and illnesses are a real danger. Most everyone is knowledgeable about using sunscreen, apply liberally and often. And while most people wear hats and sunglasses for head, facial and eye protection, many forget about the ears. Make sure to lather the lotion...
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Rockfish on the rebound
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, JUNE 22, 2017

Eureka Coast

There’s finally some good news coming out of the West Coast Fisheries. Two important West Coast groundfish stocks that were formerly overfished have now been rebuilt according to a news release issued this week by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). Bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish, which are managed by the PFMC, were under strict rebuilding plans that have constrained West Coast...
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