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Steelhead season ending on somber note
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by Kenny Priest, MARCH 26, 2020



The 2020 winter steelhead season is winding down here on the North Coast, and it’s one we’ll likely never forget. Right now, as we head into uncharted territory with the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, the steelhead rivers have become our place of solace. As the virus continues to spread and our movements become more restricted, it’s been nice to have a...
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Fishing provides refuge amid virus outbreak
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by Kenny Priest, MARCH 19, 2020



Our lives are changing at a dizzying pace due to the pandemic created by the Coronavirus. Shelter in place orders are now in effect in several Bay Area counties, keeping people hunkered down indoors except for their essential needs. Here behind the Redwood Curtain, we’re still free to come and go – for now. Social distancing has become the new...
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Slim year ahead for Klamath and ocean kings
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by Kenny Priest, MARCH 12, 2020



Looking at the ocean abundance of Klamath River kings and the numbers that returned to the river in 2019, I’d say we’re pretty fortunate to have any type of salmon season this fall. But we will, and a couple of the alternatives don’t look half bad. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on Monday released three preliminary alternatives for managing...
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Steelhead fishing rolls on despite lack of rain
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by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 13, 2020



While the lack of rain on the North Coast has some steelhead anglers looking elsewhere for green water, there are a few local bright spots. Especially if you like to throw on a pair of waders and head to the river bar. The Mad River was as good last weekend as it’s been all year. With plenty of bank access,...
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Spring-run Klamath salmon to open July 1
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by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 6, 2020



In a press release issued on Tuesday, the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding anglers that emergency regulations affecting spring Chinook salmon fishing in the Klamath River Basin were re-adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission effective December 2019. The emergency regulations listed in California Code of Regulations prohibit fishing for spring Chinook salmon in the Klamath River Basin from Jan....
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Elk/ Sixes Conditions
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by Kenny Priest, JANUARY 30, 2020

Elk River

The Elk and Sixes also have been high according to Marin. “The Elk crested at 7.1 feet on Tuesday. It is generally too high to fish when it’s over 5.2 feet. It will be in good shape by Friday. The Sixes will be fishable by early next week. The next week will be prime on both rivers.”
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