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Columbia reopens to salmon, steelhead fishing

In response to a late but robust return of spring chinook salmon, Oregon and Washington fishery officials last week reopened the main stem Columbia River to sport and commercial fishing. The opening will extend through June 15, or until the harvest impact guideline is reached. While this spring's salmon are the latest-returning run on record, recent counts at Bonneville Hatchery indicate the run should approach 100,000 adults.

African kayak adventure subject of slideshow

A kayak adventure on Africa's Zambezi River will be the subject of a free University of Oregon Outdoor Program presentation Thursday in Eugene. Michael Long will give the slide-illustrated talk about dodging hippos and taking on some of the biggest rapids on the planet. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of Willamette Hall on campus.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout Stocking Report

McKenzie River: The section from Blue River to the head of Leaburg Lake will be stocked this week with 7,000 fin-clipped hatchery trout, including 2,250 of the "larger" 12-inchers. Leaburg Lake 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: More than 16,250 spring chinook salmon and 3,500 summer steelhead have been counted through the Willamette Falls Fish Passage, so fishing in the Santiam, McKenzie and Middle Fork Willamette rivers should be improving. 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, where fishing has been fair. A special limit of 20 fish per day is in effect at Diamond Lake. Most of the coastal lakes should be good for trout and warmwater species.

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.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Yellow-headed blackbirds, an uncommon bird west of the Cascades, can be seen and heard at the south end of Fern Ridge Reservoir. These birds nest in the Bulrush patches along the edge of the reservoir. Their raucous calls are very distinctive. Another distinctive call you are likely to hear is the `oonk-a-lunk' of the American Bittern.

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.

Bicycling

WEDNESDAY

GEARS: 25- and 40-mile rides in the Pine Grove-Crow area. Meet at the Alton Baker Park pond at 6 p.m.

SATURDAY

GEARS: 40- and 70-mile rides to Jasper and Winberry Creek. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 25- and 55-mile rides in the Junction City-Cheshire area. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m. and slower riders at 9:30 a.m.

Birding

TODAY

Lane Audubon Society: Naturalist Bob Fleming will present a slide-illustrated program on "Birds and Biodiversity of South Asia," 7:30 p.m., Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Fishing

THURSDAY

G.I. Joe's: Del Stephens of the Cannon pro staff will conduct a seminar on "Downrigger Techniques for Kokanee & Salmon Fishing," 7 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Road, Eugene.

Hiking

THURSDAY

REI: "Tips and Tricks for Family Hikes" clinic, 7 p.m., REI, 306 Lawrence St., Eugene.

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Allan Coons will lead an 11-mile hike to Castle Rock and Wayne Deeter will lead a five-mile hike to Devils Den. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

REI: Spencer Butte family hike, 11 a.m. Details, registration: 465-1800.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: George Baitinger - eight-mile hike at Clear Lake. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Mushrooming

THURSDAY

Cascade Mycological Society: Author Orson Miller will speak on "Fungi of Central America," 7:30 p.m., Room 115 of the Science Building (No. 16) at Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene.

THURSDAY

Cascade Mycological Society: Foray to collect morels and other spring fungi with Orson Miller; carpool from the northeast corner of the South Eugene High School parking lot at 7:55 a.m. Details, Kyle Hammon, 463-5447.

Nature

WEDNESDAY

Wetlands month: Doug Brooke will lead a 2 1/2 -hour walking tour of the Hynix wetland and upland areas. Details, preregistration: Holly McRae, 683-6494.

SATURDAY

Native Plant Society: David McClurg will lead a field trip to Horse Rock Ridge in the Coburg Hills, 9 a.m., South Eugene High School. Details: 746-9478.

Eugene Parks Dept.: Hendricks Park forest work party, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details: 682-5324.

Navigation

WEDNESDAY

REI: Basic GPS clinic. Bring your own handheld GPS unit and instruction booklet or check out one of REI's, 7 p.m., REI, 306 Lawrence St., Eugene. Details: 465-1800.

SATURDAY

REI: Navigation Field Day - test your GPS, map and compass skills in a geocaching adventure at Skinner Butte Park, 11 a.m. Free for REI members; $15 for nonmembers. Details, registration: 465-1800.
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