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Lower Klamath NWR, Siskiyou County
The spots on a butterfly wing are not random but help identify this as a California tortoiseshell.


Spring Brings New Angling Opportunities
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, APRIL 7, 2023

Spring, along with the accompanying nice weather, will arrive eventually. At least that’s what the calendar says. And when it does, a new set of angling opportunities will come with it. As the number of storms begin to lessen, we’ll see some much-improved ocean conditions. With that, anglers will head to the jetties and beaches in search of rockfish and...
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Trolling Trout Takes Off
by Collins Lake Staff, APRIL 5, 2023
Collins Lake

Collins Lake is still 100% full and occasional cold days have kept the surface temperature low hovering right around 50°C, which means you can still find lots of trout in the top 10ft. While shore fishing with Powerbait isn’t a bad plan we have definitely noticed an uptick in catches made trolling and casting lures. Finally we should say that...
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by Maven's Notebook, APRIL 3, 2023

Written for Maven’s Notebook by hydrologist Robert Shibatani It has indeed been a March full of madness; and for many reasons other than the usual collegiate festivities. The month has seen a seemingly continual procession of atmospheric rivers battering the State with conditions that have led to levee breaches, localized flooding, land/mudslides, widespread emergency declarations, and mandatory evacuations.  Thankfully, the effects have...
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Steelhead Season Ending Like It Began, Wet
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 30, 2023

It’s looking like this year’s winter is refusing to end, but unfortunately, the winter steelhead season will. Enough rain has fallen over the past few days to keep the majority of the coastal rivers high and off-color, essentially washing away the last week of steelhead season. As of Wednesday, all of the coastal rivers, already swollen from an extremely wet March,...
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River is Running HIgh, Lake is Low
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, MARCH 26, 2023

Trinity River

Trinity Lake is just over one third of capacity when it should be filling up! WHY? Because Bureau of Reclamation is waiting for parts to repair the tube that supplies water to the power plan. Why weren’t these parts discovered when the lake was so low and the repairs were determined to be needed. Why was this tube was not inspected in past...
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Rain and Muddy Water Hinders Steelhead Anglers
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, MARCH 24, 2023

Other than the Smith and Chetco, all of the coastal rivers are currently running high and off-color due to an extremely wet few weeks. And with the potential for more rain and plenty of snow left in the hills still to melt, it’s likely most of the rivers won’t clear in time prior to closing for the season. These extremely wet...
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