Fishing Articles

Boats leave the halibut biting
AUGUST 16, 2018
Eureka Coast

It’s almost a blessing that the Pacific halibut fishery will be closed for the next two weeks. If allowed to stay open, there’s a real good chance the quota would’ve been gobbled up fairly quickly. The halibut have been on the chew for over a week now, with the only thing slowing down the catch rate is the heavy currents....
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Sport anglers can no longer retain cabezon effective Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m. The recreational harvest is predicted to reach its quota of 16.8 metric tons by Friday, partly because the average weight of cabezon landed this year is higher than usual, and bottomfish effort has been very high this summer. Sportfishing for other bottomfish remains open, find latest regulations. Sport anglers who...
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces new recreational fishing restrictions that will soon go into effect for groundfish in waters north of Point Conception to the Oregon/California state line. The changes to the authorized fishing depths described below take effect Saturday, Aug. 25 at 12:01 a.m. The recreational groundfish fishery depth restrictions will be as follows: * Northern Management Area...
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Get your 2019 license on paper or phone ODFW will be launching a new electronic license system on Dec. 1 when 2019 fishing and hunting licenses go on sale. Under the new system you’ll be able to print your license at home or download it to your phone. And traditionalists will still be able to buy their license at an ODFW office or participating vendor. Big...
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Whiskeytown Update
by John Higley, AUGUST 15, 2018

Whiskeytown Reservoir

Until you’ve seen it first hand, it’s hard to imagine the devastation caused by the Carr Fire which started near Whiskeytown Reservoir on July 23 and burned in Shasta and Trinity counties.  At this writing, more than a thousand homes in west Redding and surrounding communities have been destroyed. With so much structure damage, and more than 200,000 acres charred,...
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It’s no secret that most of California’s waterways have been extensively modified to safeguard valuable agricultural lands, public infrastructure, and private property. In the Sacramento Valley, the transformation from frequently flooded grasslands and marshes into farmlands and cities fortified by levees began in earnest about 100 years ago with the passage of the Flood Control Act. Now, about 1,000 miles of largely monotonous, riprapped...
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