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Byline: The Register-Guard

NEWS & NOTES

Pontoon boats 'used only once' being sold by state

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is selling seven custom-made aluminum pontoon boats on the auction Web site eBay. The boats, built to carry heavy loads, were used for just a few hours during September, when Diamond Lake was treated with rotenone to rid it of tui chub. The ODFW paid $24,800 each for the 10' x 24' heavy-duty work boats by Hydrotech Manufacturing of Medford. Each comes with a fuel-injected 2006 Mercury 90 horsepower 4-stroke ELEPT outboard engine with power trim/tilt and a 14' x 11' 3B AL prop, and on a dual-axle all-steel construction trailer. The boats have a maximum capacity of 20 people, a maximum speed of 24 mph, navigational lights and a powder-coated aluminum console.

One boat is being sold each week over the next two months, and the minimum bid is $20,000. Funds raised will help cover continuing costs of the Diamond Lake project, including water quality monitoring, fish stocking, and education materials. Pictures of the boats will be posted: www.ebay.com. For more information about the boats or to schedule a viewing, contact David Loomis or Mari Brick at (541) 440-3353.

Winter steelhead 'sponsors' sought for project

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for people to "sponsor" wild steelhead in a research project that tracks winter steelhead movements in the Coquille River basin. The $190 sponsorship fee is used to purchase the radio tag attached to fish captured downstream of Arago boat ramp. Both wild and hatchery fish are tagged, and researchers chart the movements of hatchery fish in comparison with wild fish. Biological and spawning data is also collected. Each sponsor names his fish and receives progress reports on its movements. The goal is to tag 50 to 100 fish. Groups or individuals who want to sponsor a fish should contact Shannon Osbon, assistant district fish biologist in Charleston, at (541) 888-5515. Anglers are reminded it is illegal to harvest a radio-tagged fish in southern Oregon. Signs to help anglers identify radio-tagged fish will be posted at popular fishing sites along the Coquille River.

Outdoor women's program offers small-game clinic

Oregon's Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program has openings for a beginner's clinic on hunting small game to be held Jan. 20 at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area north of Corvallis. The clinic will include sessions on safety, ethics, clothing and equipment, and will conclude with a rabbit hunt with members of the Mary's Peak Hound Club. The fee includes lunch, all equipment (including dogs), use of a loaner shotgun (if necessary), ammunition, instruction and resource materials. The cost is $20 for the first participant, $10 for each additional participant registering on the same form. Additional details and registration forms are available at www.dfw.state.or.us/outdoor_skills/bow/BOWWorkshopNSL2007.pdf.

Salmon license plate information available online

A new Web address makes it faster and easier to find out about Oregon's salmon license plates. Detailed information about purchase options for the plate and examples of how the funds are used to support salmon populations, clean water and state park salmon projects can be found at www.salmonplate.org. The site outlines the various scenarios for purchasing a plate and spells out the fees charged by the Oregon DMV for the different transactions.

Salmon plate purchasers pay $30 above regular passenger vehicle registration fee every two years. Half the fee goes to Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board grants to fix road-related impacts to salmon and trout streams. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invests the other half in salmon habitat and related projects in state parks. Since it began in 1997, the salmon license plate program has financed more than $5 million worth of projects and activities benefitting clean water and fish.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Oregon angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Anglers are reminded that 2007 fishing licenses and tags are now required. Winter steelhead were being taken on most coastal rivers and streams prior to the blowout that kept fishermen off the water much of last week. Prospects should be good whenever rivers are in fishable shape. For the latest river level data, go to: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/current?type=flow .

Lakes: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced it will stock Junction City Pond with 60 surplus rainbow brood trout weighing 12 to 22 pounds sometime this week. Flood control reservoirs in the southern Willamette Basin should provide fair to good fishing for holdover trout.

Marine zone: Ocean crabbing and angling for rockfish and lingcod should be good whenever ocean conditions permit trips. The entire Oregon Coast is open to razor clamming.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: A great wildlife viewing opportunity exists at Stewart Pond, whether you watch from a viewing platform along Stewart Road or a photographer's blind/viewing shelter on the southwest corner edge of the pond. An abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds are commonly present. The pond is on Stewart Road (one block north of West 11th Avenue) between Bertelsen and Bailey Hill roads in Eugene.

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, west of Interstate 5 between Salem and Albany, provides another great viewing opportunity for waterfowl, hawks, and eagles, and from its observation platforms.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updates available at www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Bicycling

SATURDAY

GEARS: The Eugene road biking club plans a 60-mile ride to the Wendling covered bridge. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30. Detailed route information is available online at www.eugenegears.org.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 30-mile ride to the Mohawk Store. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30.

Fishing

WEDNESDAY

Northwest Steelheaders: Meeting, 7 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1375 Irving Rd.

Hiking

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Marc Hansen will lead a five-mile hike on the east side of Mt. Pisgah. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10

The Obsidians: Margar Prenti will lead a six-mile hike on the McKenzie River Trail. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Nature

TUESDAY, Jan. 9

REI: Joe Moll of the McKenzie River Trust will give a presentation on that organization's Green Island Restoration Project, 7 p.m., REI, 306 Lawrence St.

Paddle Sports

TODAY

River House Outdoor Program: Drop-in kayak water polo session, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Echo Hollow Pool. Fee: $4. Boat rentals available for an additional $6; call 682-5329.

Snow Sports

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Laurie Funkhouser will lead a five -mile snowshoe to Gold and Marilyn lakes, Bill Johnson will lead a six-mile cross-country ski to Mountain View out of Ikenick Sno Park, and Scot Hovis will lead a Potato Hill snowshoe. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: John Pegg will lead an eight-mile Square Lake cross-country ski. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Walking

SATURDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Plans a 6.2-mile walk in the Skinner Butte area, 10 a.m. Details: 726-7179 or online at www.mossbacks.org.
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