Headline News from Northern California & Southern Oregon

McCloud Reservoir, Siskiyou County
Fishing is a great way to bring a family together and the reward may include barbequed trout.


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting applications for 31 elk hunting opportunities offered through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program. The hunts will occur at various times between Aug. 15 and Dec. 24, 2017 on 28 select properties in Colusa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Siskiyou counties. Specific details for all 31 elk hunts...
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Stakeout at Battle Creek
On Patrol
by Steven T. Callan, JUNE 16, 2017

This is an excerpt from “Stakeout at Battle Creek,” a chapter in my recently released sequel, The Game Warden’s Son. I’m sometimes asked if I had any favorite places to work during my twenty-one years supervising the warden force in western Shasta County. Lower Battle Creek immediately comes to mind—from the mouth, where Battle Creek flows into the Sacramento River, to...
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Hunting Over Alfalfa?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, JUNE 15, 2017

Question: I know it’s illegal to bait animals to get them to come to you in order to hunt them. However, what about hunting over an alfalfa or corn field? I know some other states allow this and I am wondering if California does, too. (Dakota C.) Answer: Although feeding big game and hunting over bait is illegal in California, it is legal...
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ODFW Weekly Recreational Report
by ODFW, JUNE 15, 2017

Fishing’s getting better at the beach Some anglers are catching limits of rockfish and lingcod out of Newport and Depoe Bay; jetties and rocky coastline can be good for rockfish, greenling and lingcod, and the ocean surf off sandy beaches is the place to target surf perch. Check out these and other salty opportunities in the Marine Zone section of the...
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States close one Columbia River sturgeon season, set another
by ODFW, JUNE 15, 2017
Columbia River

Columbia River fishery managers today closed one recreational white sturgeon season and scheduled another. Higher than expected effort and catch prompted fishery managers to close the sturgeon season planned for Saturday June 17 from the Wauna power lines downstream to the river mouth. Recreational anglers exhausted their harvest quota of 3,000 legal-sized sturgeon during the first five days of this fishery,...
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Two-week halibut closure begins Friday
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, JUNE 15, 2017

Eureka Coast

The first of four sport Pacific halibut seasons off of California will come to a close after today, June 15. So far, the halibut fishing has been spectacular out of Eureka and Trinidad. The North Coast has always been known for its salmon, but it’s quickly becoming a halibut mecca as well. The first season, which opened on May 1,...
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