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Byline: The Register-Guard

Youth fishing event Saturday at Alton Baker Park

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will stock the Alton Baker Park canoe canal with 1,500 rainbow trout for a Youth Angling Enhancement Program to be held there Saturday. ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide "loaner" fishing equipment and angling instruction. Anglers under the age of 13 can fish for free. A juvenile license is required for anglers 14-17 years of age. "This event is for kids, so while the standard fishing regulations will apply, we ask adults to leave the fishing to the young ones for a few days," ODFW biologist Erik Moberly said. Funding for the special trout release was provided in part by the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.

Banff Mountain Film Festival tickets now available

Tickets are now on sale for the 30th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, to be held April 21-22 at Eugene's McDonald Theatre. Local sponsors for the collection of the year's best short films featuring mountain culture, environment and sport are the UO Outdoor Program, REI and Pepsi Bottling of Eugene. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. each night, and feature a different lineup of films. A description of films can be found at www.banffmountainfestivals.ca/tourhost/2005/na/films/. Tickets ($10 general admission; $8 UO students and OP Co-op members) are available at EMU tickets and REI Eugene. Tickets West also sells tickets but does not offer the UO discount. Prices at the door will be $2 more.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout stocking report

Dorena Lake: Scheduled to be stocked this week with 6,300 legal-sized hatchery rainbow trout.

Junction City Pond: Due to receive nearly 1,000 trout, including 125 of the larger- and trophy-sized hatchery fish.

Carter and Cleawox lakes: Will be stocked with legal-sized trout this week.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: The catch-and-release trout fishery on the lower McKenzie River should be good. Fair numbers of winter steelhead are showing up in the Siuslaw River between Wildcat Creek boat ramp and the Whittaker Creek Campground; Steelhead fishing is open in this section through Saturday. A few spring chinook are being caught in the Umpqua River around Scottsburg and in the lower Willamette River at Portland. Striper and shad fishing is just beginning in the Umpqua and should pick up through April.

Lakes and reservoirs: Cottage Grove and Dexter reservoirs were stocked with hatchery trout last week, as were the Cottage Grove, Creswell and Alton Baker ponds. All should still provide good opportunities to catch fish. Fishing for warm-water species in coastal lakes is starting to improve; Tenmile Lakes has seen some nice catches of bass.

Marine zone: Boat anglers along the central coast report good catches of black, blue and yellowtail rockfish and lingcod. Fishing for lingcod, perch and rockfish is good this time of year from the jetties and rocky points.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Three species of garter snake occur in the Willamette Valley. Much variability in coloration exists in garter snakes, but the best identifying characteristic is a stripe down the middle of the snake's back. No other snake species in western Oregon has a stripe down the middle. A good place to see these harmless snakes is on gravel roads and trails through wetland areas. Wildlife areas in the Willamette Valley, including Fern Ridge and Finley, are good areas to see these beautiful animals. Best viewing conditions are on warm, sunny days.

- 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.

Adventure trips

TODAY

UO Outdoor Program: "Trip Initiator's Clinic" prepares participants to organize outdoor adventure trips using Outdoor Program vehicles and equipment, 5:30 p.m., Room 138 in the Erb Memorial Union basement. Details: 346-4365.

Bicycling

SATURDAY

Greater Eugene Area RiderS (GEARS): The club is offering 30-, 60- and 80-mile ride options in the Mohawk/Brownsville area, 9 a.m., Alton Baker Park.

The Obsidians: Sharon Ritchie will lead a 30-mile ride to Orchard Point. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 30-, 45- and 60-mile ride options are planned in the Deerhorn-Walterville-Mohawk area; 9 a.m. at Alton Baker Park.

Birding

SATURDAY

Lane County Audubon Society: Jill Hubbard will lead a bird walk at Skinner Butte. Carpool from South Eugene High School, 19th and Patterson streets, at 8 a.m.

Boating

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

G.I. Joe's: Boat Show featuring new and used boats, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Fishing

WEDNESDAY

G.I. Joe's: Shane Groshong will conduct a seminar on sturgeon fishing in the Willamette and Columbia rivers, 7 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

SATURDAY

G.I. Joe's: Todd Hannah will be discuss tips and tactics for fishing the Umpqua River for salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, striped bass and smallmouth bass, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Gear

THURSDAY

G.I. Joe's: GPS seminar by Magellan's factory representative Mike Ullock, 7 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: David and Shelly Call will lead a 4.2-mile hike at Cape Perpetua. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

The Obsidians: Jane Hackett - seven-mile hike to Three Mile Lake. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Sherwood Jefferies and Janet Jacobsen - 4.8-mile Alsea and Green Peak Falls hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Barbara Revere - 4.4-mile Kentucky Falls hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

MONDAY

The Obsidians: Lana Landstrom - one-mile urban wildlife field trip with naturalist David Walp. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

TUESDAY

The Obsidians: Dan Christiansen - seven-mile Mary's Peak hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Mushrooming

THURSDAY

Cascade Mycological Society: Truffles will be the focus of a presentation by Matt Trappe, a co-author of "Truffles of North America," 7:30 p.m., Room 115 Science (Building 16) at Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene. Details: Kyle Hammon, 463-5447.

Nature

SATURDAY

Native Plant Society of Oregon: Rhoda Love will lead a one-mile wildflower walk, 10 a.m. at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Visitors' Center, located off Seavey Loop Road. Donation requested: $3. Details: 747-1504.

Paddle sports

TODAY

UO Outdoor Program: Kayak pool practice session, 7:30 p.m., Gerlinger Pool on campus. Cost: $5 public, $3 UO students and OP members. Call 346-4365 to reserve a spot.

SUNDAY

Oregon River Sports Paddle Club: Plans an Easter paddle from Siltcoos Lake to the ocean. Details, RSVP: Oregon River Sports, (541) 334-0696.

Shooting sports

MONDAY

Fort Umpqua Muzzleloaders: Planning for the annual Frog Holler Rendezvous will be among the items discussed at the group's monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Dorris Ranch in Springfield. Details: Allyn Wilson, 935-8528 (evenings).
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