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Byline: The Register-Guard

Volunteers sought for kids fishing day event

Leaburg Hatchery manager Tim Wright is seeking volunteers to help stage the annual kids fishing day at the hatchery, scheduled for June 10. More than 500 youngsters typically attend the event, held in conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend. Volunteers are needed to help with casting instruction, parking, crowd control, setup, etc. For details, call (541) 896-3294 or e-mail: leaburg.hatchery@state.or.us.

Mount Bachelor offers chance to ski into summer

The transition from snow skiing season to water skiing season will be marked by the 2006 North American Pond Skimming Championships at Mount Bachelor Resort on Memorial Day (May 29), the Bend ski area's last day of winter operation. As many as 100 participants will compete for prizes on the basis of costume, trick/style, and distance as they ski downhill and then try to "water-ski" across an icy pond. Registration is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a $20 fee. The first run is set for 11 a.m. Details on the Internet at mtbachelor.com.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout Stocking Report

McKenzie River: The section of river between Blue River and the head of Leaburg Reservoir will be stocked this week with 7,000 fin-clipped hatchery trout, including 2,250 of the "larger" 12-inchers. Leaburg Reservoir will get 1,800 fish.

Blue River, Trail Bridge reservoirs: Scheduled to be stocked this week with 1,500 and 3,085 rainbow trout, respectively. Also, Junction City Pond will get 1,500 trout.

Fall Creek and Salt Creek: Both being stocked this week. Also, Blue River above the reservoir will get 1,500 trout.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: As of May 7, 12,470 spring chinook salmon had been counted through the Willamette Falls Fish Passage, along with 2,276 summer steelhead. Salmon and steelhead fishing in the upper Willamette River and tributaries should improve over the next few weeks. The Umpqua River remains very good for sturgeon, but salmon fishing in the mainstem is spotty. Striper fishing is improving in Smith River.

Lakes and reservoirs: Recent warm weather should improve the fishing outlook at most lakes in the Oregon Cascades, although some remain inaccessible due to snow. A special limit of 20 fish per day is in effect at Diamond Lake.

Marine zone: Boat anglers along the central coast report good catches of black, blue and yellowtail rockfish and lingcod. Recreational crabbing has been only fair.

Hunting

Timely tips: The drawing for state "raffle tag" hunts will be held Saturday at the Oregon Hunters Association state convention at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City. Raffle tickets may be purchased there just prior to the drawing.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: This is the best time of year to see western pond turtles - once abundant in the Willamette Valley but now in decline due to habitat loss and the introduction of exotic predators (bullfrogs, bass, opossum). These turtles spend a lot of time soaking up the sun (basking) on warm sunny days in the spring. Look for them on logs that stick out of the water in ponds or slack water areas along any of the major streams in the Willamette Valley. Good public areas to view turtles include Kirk pond (just north of Fern Ridge Reservoir) and Delta Ponds in Eugene.

- 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. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Archery/trap shooting

SATURDAY

Youth Hunter Education Challenge: Archery 3-D fun shoot ($10) and "five position" shotgun shoot ($4 for 25 clay birds), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Emerald Gun Club, 36111 McGowan Creek Road, Springfield. Details: 896-3405.

Bicycling

WEDNESDAY

GEARS: 28- and 35-mile rides in the Alvadore area. Meet at Alton Baker Park Pond at 6 p.m.

REI: Cycling 101 clinic covers maintenance and road repairs, 7 p.m., REI, 306 Lawrence St., Eugene.

SATURDAY

GEARS: 30- and 50-mile rides in the Wildwood/Spirit falls area. Carpool from Alton Baker Park at 8 a.m. or meet at the Mosby Creek trailhead at 9 a.m.

The Obsidians: Sharon Ritchie will lead a 35-mile ride to Our Daily Bread in Veneta. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 23-, 50- and 83-mile rides to Alvadore and beyond. Faster bike riders leave at 9 a.m. and slower riders at 9:30 a.m., both from Alton Baker Park.

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Easy 20-mile ride to Perkins Peninsula, 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: Bob Thomas, 935-9559.

Birding

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Birdwalk led by Davey Wendt, 8 a.m., Arboretum Visitor Center. Donation requested. Details: 747-1504.

Lane Audubon Society: Herb Wisner-led birdwalk at the West Eugene Wetlands Fisher Unit, 8 a.m., carpool from South Eugene High School, 19th and Patterson. Donation requested.

TUESDAY, May 23

Lane Audubon Society: "Birds and Biodiversity of South Asia," a slide-illustrated presentation by naturalist Bob Fleming, 7:30 p.m., Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

First aid

MONDAY

The Obsidians: Larry Dunlap - workshop on practical first aid for trip leaders. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Hiking/walking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Marshall Kandell will lead a five-mile Hendricks Park hike. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

FRIDAY

The Obsidians: Birgitte Williams - seven-mile Yachats-Waldport hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Dan Christensen - Nine-mile Little North Santiam River hike; Margot Fetz - four-mile tour of Green Island; Daniele Delaby - nine-mile hike to Sahalie and Koosah Falls and Clear Lake. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Oregon Natural Resources Council: Three-mile hike at Mary's Peak, carpool from Walnut and Franklin Park & Ride at 10 a.m. Bring lunch, water. Details, RSVP: 541-344-0675.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: John Cooper - five-mile hike on the Koosah Falls/Sahalie Falls loop. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Fishing

THURSDAY

G.I. Joe's: Dave Jones' how-to seminar on bait curing, 7 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Nature

WEDNESDAY

Wetlands month: "The Natural History of the River Otter," a slide-illustrated presentation by Judith Berg, 7 p.m. at the West Eugene Wetlands yurt, 751 S. Danebo St., Eugene.

FRIDAY

Natural History Society: John Postlethwait on the "Origin of Animals with Backbones," 7:30 p.m., 100 Willamette Hall, UO.

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Tom Titus will lead a "reptiles and amphibians" walk, 2 p.m., Arboretum visitor center. Donation requested. Details: 747-1504.

South Slough Reserve: Interpretive "walkabout" explores habitat restoration at the South Slough National Estuarine Reserve, 10 a.m. at the Interpretive Center. Details, RSVP: (541) 888-5558.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Wildflower Festival and Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event includes a wildflower display, educational exhibits, children's activities, music, guided walks, and food and craft vendors. Donation requested.

Eugene Parks Dept.: Hendricks Park native plant garden tour, 1 p.m. Details: 682-5324.

Water sports

THURSDAY

UO Outdoor Program: "Mission: Epococity," a film on the whitewater adventures of six UO students/alumni on a quest for "big air" in Africa, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Canada, New Zealand and Oregon, 7 p.m., 100 Willamette Hall on campus.

SUNDAY

G.I. Joe's: Matt Sychr seminar on wakeboarding, noon to 2 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.
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