Fishing, hunting seasons change this weekend

This weekend marks a sea-change in many fishing and hunting seasons in Southern Oregon.

Hyatt and Howard Prairie lakes close to fishing tonight, as do Jenny Creek and Emigrant Creek near Ashland.

Friday marks the end of the flies-only restrictions on the upper Rogue River for steelhead anglers.

On the Southern Oregon Coast, the Chetco and Winchuck rivers open to fall chinook fishing on Saturday, Nov. 2, with temporary protective harvest restrictions in place.

Only one wild fall chinook can be part of the two-chinook daily limit on these streams to keep anglers from catching and keeping wild chinook susceptible to angling amid very low water conditions. The chinook are kegged up in deep holes and will remain there until the rains swell the rivers and get salmon moving.

However, as part of their daily bag limit, anglers can still keep up to five hatchery or wild jack chinook per day.

The limit applies in aggregate with other Southwest Zone waters with a 10 wild chinook seasonal limit, including Floras Creek/New River as well as the Sixes, Elk, Chetco and Winchuck rivers.

The general rifle season for black-tailed buck deer ends Friday night in the Southern Oregon Cascades and in coastal hunting units such as the Applegate and Chetco units.

The general deer season for bowhunters resumes Nov. 9 and will run to Dec. 1.

See more details in the Mail Tribune's Oregon Outdoors section Friday.

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