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Byline: The Register-Guard

Groundfish meetings to be held on coast

Recreational and commercial groundfish management issues for 2007 and 2008 will be discussed at public meetings to be held next week in Brookings, Coos Bay and Newport. The Pacific Fishery Management Council is in the process of setting harvest levels and season regulations, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's representatives to the council are looking for public input, said Gway Kirchner, ODFW Groundfish Management project leader. The meetings schedule is as follows: Brookings, 6 p.m. on Monday at the Brookings Best Western Beachfront; Coos Bay, 6 p.m. on May 16 at Southwestern Oregon Community College; Newport, 1 p.m. (commercial issues) and 6 p.m. (sport fishing issues) on May 17 at Best Western Agate Beach Inn. Details: Kirchner at (541) 867-4741.

Klamath River salmon, dams subject of program

`Bring the Salmon Home,' a campaign to remove Klamath River dams that prevent salmon from reaching more than half of their spawning ground, will be the subject of a University of Oregon Outdoor Program presentation Thursday in Eugene. Four short films will be shown, and tribal representatives will speak about the current situation on the Klamath River, where a distressed fall chinook salmon run has led to severe cutbacks in ocean salmon fishing off the Oregon coast. The free program begins at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of Willamette Hall.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout Stocking Report

McKenzie River: The section of river between Leaburg Dam and Bellinger boat landing will be stocked this week with 5,250 fin-clipped rainbow trout. Also, Leaburg Reservoir will be planted with 2,000 fish.

Alton Baker, Junction City ponds: Scheduled to be stocked this week with a mixture of 8- to 12-inch hatchery rainbow trout.

Clear Lake: Being stocked with a mixture of 3,750 legal-size and "larger" trout.

Salmon Creek: Stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: The first reports of spring chinook salmon being caught in the Middle Fork Willamette River are beginning to trickle in. As of May 1, 9,331 had been counted through the Willamette Falls Fish Passage, along with 1,659 summer steelhead. Salmon and steelhead fishing should continue to steadily improve throughout May.

Lakes and reservoirs: Carter, Cleawox, Sutton and Munsel lakes were stocked last week and should still be good for trout. Dexter Reservoir is being stocked this week with 3,200 trout. The Cascade Lakes Highway lakes continue to emerge from the heavy snowpack. Call for the latest conditions before heading up.

Marine zone: The "all-depth" halibut fishery opens Thursday; fishing will be allowed Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Boat anglers along the central coast report good catches of black, blue and yellowtail rockfish and lingcod. Rockfish and lingcod are also `on the bite.' Good catches of cabezon are reported out of Depoe Bay. Fishing for lingcod, perch and rockfish is good this time of year from the jetties and rocky points.

Hunting

Timely tips: Monday is the last day to apply for controlled hunt tags in this fall's big game seasons. Apply at any ODFW license agency, or by mail. See the 2006 Oregon Big Game Regulations for details.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: While harbor seals spend equal amounts of time on land and in the sea, the "haul-out" areas on land are the hub of their daily activities. Here they rest, breed, give birth, nurse their young and molt. In May and June, pups are often seen at Strawberry Hill State Park, about two miles south of Yachats. Viewing is best at the lower daily tides.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updated information is available by logging on to www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or e-mail: mstahlberg@guardnet.com.

Archery

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Green Valley Archers: Annual Mother's Day 3-D Shoot at the club's range, 81474 Lost Creek Road, Dexter. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the trails are open until 3:30 p.m. Cost: $12 one day; $18 both days. Women shoot free on Sunday. Details: Dick Bagent, (541) 937-2692.

Bicycling

WEDNESDAY

Greater Eugene Area RiderS (GEARS): 20- and 35-mile rides in the McBeth and Fox Hollow Road areas. Meet at Alton Baker Park Pond at 6 p.m. Details: www.eugenegears.org.

SATURDAY

GEARS: 20-, 35- and 50-mile rides in the Creswell area, 9 a.m., Alton Baker Park.

The Obsidians: Joyce Sanders will lead a 40-mile ride in the Junction City-Bellfountain Park area. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

Altair Ski and Sports Club: 10-mile ride on the Willamette River bike path, 10 a.m. at the Alton Baker Park parking lot. Details: Bruce Paris, 343-4392.

GEARS: 30- and 55-mile rides near Junction City, 9 a.m. at Alton Baker Park.

Hiking/walking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Diane Jeffcott will lead a five-mile ride from Dillard to Blanton Heights on the Ridgeline Trail. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Altair Ski and Sports Club: Upcoming hikes and other activities will be discussed at a club meeting, 6 p.m. at the Vet's Club, 1626 Willamette St., Eugene. Details: 302-2644.

FRIDAY

The Obsidians: Sheila Ward - 6 1/2 -mile Tahkenitch Dunes loop hike; Royal Murdock - three-mile sunset/moonrise hike at Mount Pisgah. Details, sign-up at the Eugene YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Scott Hovis - seven-mile Silver Creek Falls hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Offering 6.2- and 3.1-mile Volkswalks to view the Kalapuya Talking Stones in Alton Baker Park. Self-guided walks start any time between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.; guided walks begin at 10:30 a.m. A Kalapuya tribal representative will speak on the significance of the stones at 10 a.m. at Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., Springfield. A potluck lunch will follow. Details: www.mossbacks.org.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Anne McLucas - six-mile Heceta Head/Hobbit Trail hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

TUESDAY, May 16

The Obsidians: Ruth Romoser - five-mile hike on the Alton Baker bike trail. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Clinic

THURSDAY

G.I. Joe's: Jeff Bongcayao will conduct a seminar on "How to Choose the Correct GPS for Your Needs," 7 p.m. at G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Nature

WEDNESDAY

Wetlands month celebration: Walking tour of the award-winning Hynix Semiconductor stormwater treatment system., 6 p.m. at the Hynix visitor parking lot. Preregistration required: call Holly McRae at 683-6494.

SATURDAY

Wetlands month celebration: Bird and wildflower walk, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at Willow Creek Preserve, followed by a work party. Meet at the pullout and parking area off West 18th Avenue, one-fifth mile west of Bertlesen Road. Details: 343-1010, Ext. 302.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Mother's Day wildflower celebration includes a guided wildflower walk and making a corsage for Mom, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Donation requested (Moms free). Details, preregistration: 747-1504.

Paddle sports

TODAY and May 16

Eugene Recreation Division: Slide show presentation on Oregon canoeing and flatwater kayaking hot spots, 7 p.m., Campbell Center, 155 High St. Details: 682-5318.

UO Outdoor Program: Kayak pool practice session, 7:30-9 p.m., Gerlinger Pool on the UO campus. Fee: $5 public, $3 UO. Details, 346-4365.

Wildlife Management

FRIDAY

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission: Sage grouse and the state's role in migratory bird management are among the issues to be discussed at this month's meeting, 8 a.m. at Burns High School. Details: 800-720-6339.
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