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Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, Siskiyou County
The dark spot at the base of gill plate distinguishes this species from other panfish.


 


The main Eel was starting to turn green Wednesday, but was big
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 29, 2024

Eel River

The main Eel was starting to turn green Wednesday, but was big. Thursday’s rain dashed any hopes of the river dropping into shape anytime soon. Flows are predicted to reach 43,000 cfs at Scotia by Saturday morning. Will need a couple weeks of dry weather before it drops into fishable shape.
Salmon Numbers Up Slightly, But Closures Still Likely
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 29, 2024



If the forecasts from Wednesday’s Oregon Ocean Salmon Industry Group Preseason Planning Meeting are accurate, we could be in for another lean year when it comes to Chinook salmon fishing along the California coast. It could also result in another complete ocean and river closure to Chinook fishing state-wide in an effort to protect Chinook stocks. Though the ocean abundance...
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More Winter Weather Coming
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, FEBRUARY 26, 2024

Trinity River - Willow Creek Weir

Just when we think spring is in the air winter hits us in the face. The daffodils are blooming and we have cold weather coming with possible snow. Thei coming week is looking more like winter Steelhead fishing than spring. Here I have been complaining about the warming and all and Mr. weather shows up. The rivers are dropping and...
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Klamath Kings Exceed Run Size Projections in 2023
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, FEBRUARY 22, 2024



The Pacific Fishery Management Council released its “Review of 2023 Ocean Salmon Fisheries” report last week and the news was better than expected. Based on an ocean abundance of 102,500 Klamath River fall Chinook thought to be swimming in the ocean last fall, forecasters predicted roughly 39,858 adults would return to the river. Fortunately, the run was a little more...
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Salmon face many perils during their migration to the ocean, including disease, entrainment, degraded water quality, and predation. However, predation has been the factor that has generated the most interest and debate. FISHBIO has been conducting a research program focused on fish species that prey on other fish in the Stanislaus River to understand how predatory fishes may affect juvenile salmon migration....
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Trinity River Restoration Projects / Juntion City
Trinity River Fishing
by E.B. Duggan, FEBRUARY 19, 2024

Trinity River - Willow Creek Weir

Proposed Upper Conner Creek Project: On Friday February 2, the TRRP held an on-site meeting at the Proposed Boat Ramp for the Junction City Campground launching site. There were several TRRP personnel and some people from BLM as well as some guides and a few interested citizens and yours truly. Over all it was a fair representation. Yeah, I believe...
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