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Byline: The Register-Guard

Youth fishing event set Saturday in Cottage Grove

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will stock Cottage Grove Pond with 1,000 rainbow trout for a youth fishing event to be held Saturday. Volunteers will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide fishing tips and loaner tackle. The event is part of the Youth Angling Enhancement Program, a joint effort of the State of Oregon and the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Anglers under the age of 13 need no license to fish, but a juvenile license is required for anglers 14-17 years of age. Cottage Grove Pond is located off Row River Road east of Cottage Grove. Call the Springfield ODFW office (726-3515) for details.

Spey casting clinic to benefit Native Fish Society

Henrick Mortensen, an Icelander who has taught the intricacies of Spey casting to thousands of fly-fishers all over the world, will conduct a one-day clinic in Eugene on Saturday. Spey casting is a technique in which the backcast is made under the rod tip and the end of the line and leader are allowed to briefly touch down on the water immediately before the forward cast is made. The clinic is a fundraiser for the Native Fish Society's conservation program in the Northwest. The fee is $50. Register by calling Chris Daughters at the Caddis Fly Shop, 342-7005.

Hatchery Research Center looking for advisers

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University are seeking candidates for a 15-member advisory committee for Oregon's new state-of-the-art hatchery research center. Members are needed for the positions representing the federal government, local governments, education, the public at large and the scientific community. The Oregon Hatchery Research Center, located west of Alsea, is a cooperative research project between ODFW and OSU. For additional information about the advisory committee or to submit a letter of interest, contact Lisa Kingsley at lisa.m.kingsley@state.or.us or (503) 947-6211. The deadline is March 31.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout stocking report

Dexter Reservoir: Scheduled to be stocked this week with 2,900 legal-size hatchery rainbow trout.

Woahink Lake: Slated to receive 1,500 pan-size trout this week.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Steelheaders should have good opportunities if they can get on coastal rivers in prime fishing condition between high water events. See www.nwrfc.noaa.gov for the latest flow data and predictions from the Northwest River Forecast Center on specific streams. Sturgeon fishing has been good in the lower Umpqua estuary. Crabbing in bays and estuaries is fair. The recent high flows of fresh water into the bays and estuaries pushed many crab out. A few spring chinook salmon have been taken at Oregon City. As of March 2, 3,542 winter steelhead and three spring chinook had been counted through the fish passage. Many of those steelhead are now in the lower reaches of the Santiam Rivers.

Lakes and reservoirs: Cottage Grove Reservoir, the Alton Baker Park canoeway and Junction City Pond were stocked last week and should still provide good fishing.

Marine zone: When conditions permit, bottomfishing and recreational crabbing is good in the ocean with several sport crabbers reporting limits of large crab. Clam digging is good on Clatsop beaches but is closed south of Seaside.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Fern Ridge Reservoir has extensive wildlife habitat areas that can be accessed from Royal Avenue, which extends from west Eugene and ends at a gated access point east of the reservoir. This is an excellent area for observing wildlife. In addition to waterfowl, many wintering raptors can be seen in this area. Look for short-eared owls and peregrine falcons.

- Compiled from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Register-Guard reports. Updated information is available by logging on to www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

The deadline for calendar event listings is 10 a.m. Monday. Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or e-mail: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Bicycling

WEDNESDAY

Riverhouse Outdoor Program: First session of a two-part bicycle maintenance clinic, 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park Center. Fee: $25. Details, registration: 682-5329.

SATURDAY

GEARS Bicycle Club: Plans 35- and 50-mile versions of the "Over the Hump and Around the Dump" ride toward Cloverdale, 10 a.m. at Alton Baker Park.

SUNDAY

GEARS Bicycle Club: 35- and 50- to 60-mile rides are planned to Walterville and beyond, 10 a.m. at Alton Baker Park.

Fishing

SATURDAY

G.I. Joe's: Two one-hour fishing seminars are scheduled. At 1 p.m., Grant Scheele will conduct a clinic on "Late Winter Steelhead and Early Spring Chinook." At 3 p.m., Stan Steele will conduct a seminar on "Bobber and Jig Fishing for Winter Steelhead." Both seminars will be at G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Hiking

SATURDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Plans three- to four-mile walk on the Willamette River bike trail, 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: Walt Jacobsen, 343-7893.

The Obsidians: Ann-Marie Askew will lead a four-mile hike to Trestle Creek Falls. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

TUESDAY, Mar. 14

The Obsidians: Royal Murdock will lead a three-mile "sunset/moonrise" hike at Mount Pisgah. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

Kayaking

TODAY

UO Outdoor Program: Kayak pool sessions in Gerlinger Pool, 7:30 p.m. Fee: $5 public, $3 UO students and OP members. Registration: 346-4365.

SATURDAY

South Slough Reserve: "Paddle the Slough" program for beginning paddlers, 8:30 a.m. at the South Slough Interpretive Center. Fee: $10. Registration details: (541) 888-5558.

SUNDAY

City of Eugene Outdoor Program: Kayak day trip through class II and III whitewater on one of the area rivers. Fee: $52. Call 682-5329 for details, registration.

Mushrooming

THURSDAY

Cascade Mycological Society: Beth Miltko will demonstrate the art of dyeing fabric with mushrooms, 7:30 p.m., Room 115 of the Math/Science Building (No. 16) at Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene.

Nature

WEDNESDAY

Nearby Nature: Spring "volunteer orientation" program, 6:30 p.m. at the Eugene Water & Electric Board's community rooms, 500 E. Fourth Ave. Details: 687-9699.

SATURDAY

Native Plant Society of Oregon: Daphne Stone will lead a lichen identification walk in an oak forest southwest of Eugene. Bring hand lens and meet at South Eugene High School at 9 a.m. Details: Dave Predeek, 345-5531.

South Slough Reserve: "Animals Encountered on the Lewis & Clark Expedition" will be discussed by David Shea of the Glacier Institute in Montana, 1 p.m. at the South Slough's Interpretive Center, four miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Road. Call (541) 888-5558 to reserve a seat.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Tom Bettman will lead a two-hour nature walk focusing on the "signs of spring," 1 p.m. at the Arboretum Visitor Center, located off Seavey Loop Road. Requested donation: $3. Details: 747-1504.

Snow Sports

WEDNESDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Future outings will be discussed, 6 p.m., upstairs at The Vets Club, 1626 Willamette St. Eugene. Details: 302-2644.

SATURDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Easy to moderate ski tour at Willamette Pass; leave Eugene at 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: 689-0193.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Craig Renkert will lead a seven-mile advanced-level snowshoe to Fawn Lake. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.
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