Fishing Report: Friday, May 27

OCEAN OUTLOOK

COASTWIDE: The ocean off Southern Oregon will be more than a bit windy and squirrely heading into the weekend, but the weather will improve incrementally as it goes. Winds of 20 to 25 knots are forecast for today with wind waves of 6 to 9 feet near Brookings. That's not good. Saturday the winds will abate to 15 knots with 4- to 6-foot waves. Sunday will see 10- to 20-knot winds and 3- to 5-foot waves. No rain is...

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5 memorable Memorial Day outings

5 memorable Memorial Day outings

1. Stand-up Paddleboarding

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer boating and outdoor recreation season, so why not usher it in on your own two feet.

Medford outdoor stores such as The Black Bird Shopping Center and Northwest Outdoor Store may be several miles from the nearest lake, but they rent stand-up paddleboards so you can take this growing sport with you to area lakes — and even the Rogue River.

The boards are surprisingly.....

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Get Out: Friday, May 27

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Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hikes

These free hikes may fill quickly, but SOLC encourages people to get on the waiting list, because cancellations are common. A reminder will be emailed one week prior to the hike. To register, go to landconserve.org. For more information, call 541-482-3069.

Thursday, June 9: Siskiyou...

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Free fishing event set for Hyatt Lake

Oregonians can fish and catch shellfish for free during Free Fishing Weekend Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5.

The weekend will include a local angling event at Hyatt Lake. The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are teaming up for the free Hyatt Lake event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hyatt Lake Campground near The Greensprings.

Fishing rods and tackle will be provided for kids, and plenty of other activities are planned for...

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Trout rewards offered at Lost Creek

TRAIL — Lost Creek Lake trout anglers will get a chance to be citizen biologists, and possibly make some cash, during a new survey that will help determine what trout-stocking strategy works best for angling at Jackson County's largest and most popular lake.

Biologists at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife this week affixed spaghetti-like tags to the dorsal fins of 1,500 legal-sized trout and 162 14-inch "pounders" bound for the lake to determine which size trout is...

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Casting — not gigging — for bullfrogs

Casting — not gigging — for bullfrogs

When my old friend Mike Lunn said, “Let’s go frogging for bullfrogs,” I was elated at the prospect of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Mike says frogging is really fishing and hunting combined and should not be confused with gigging. When bullfrogs are gigged, it’s with a three-pronged steel fork or other sharp instrument. Our day out involved a casting rod and a rubber worm like the ones used to catch bass.

Mike grew up hunting and fishing around his...

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BLM reopens comments on monument transportation plan

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument users will have more chances to speak their mind about federal land managers' plans to close or decommission from six to 165 miles of old logging roads within the monument to help preserve the land's biodiversity but retain public access.

The Bureau of Land Management has reopened public comment on its long-awaited draft transportation plan, which grapples with how to address 412 miles of roads that everyone from hunters and birders to wildland...

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Rogue River whitewater park still on course

Rogue River whitewater park still on course

GOLD HILL — Steve Kiesling is discovering there is a reason no one has built an Olympic-style whitewater park — such as the one he envisions for the Rogue River — in a stream with wild salmon in it.

Kiesling was bloodied but still standing after meeting last week with regulatory agencies to discover how many hurdles he will have to clear before he gets permission to reshape part of the Rogue near Gold Hill for the course — including the removal of 300...

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Bear of a dog

Bear of a dog

Barking at bears, romping through the forest, sniffing for poaching evidence, getting petted by a child and maybe cooling off with a swim in the Pend Oreille River ...  it's all in a good day's work for Jax, a 1-year-old Karelian bear dog employed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Rewards offered for illegal fish-stocking

Rewards offered for illegal fish-stocking

Angler groups seeing red over the rampant introduction of non-native fish into Southern Oregon waterways are hoping a little green will curb the practice and perhaps lead to someone getting caught in the act.

Three nonprofit organizations of bass anglers — Oregon BASS Nation, The Bass Federation and Oregon Black Bass Action Committee — have created a fund called Turn In Illegal Introductions, or TI3, to provide cash rewards of up to $3,000 for information leading to...

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