Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Razor clam digging slated this weekend

LONG BEACH — Razor clam digging will be open Friday through Sunday on the Long Beach Peninsula with some of the best tides of year.

Low tides are -1.8 feet at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, -1.6 feet at 8:01 p.m. on Saturday and -1.0 feet at 8:47 p.m. on Sunday.

“The position of the moon in December always generates favorable tides for digging razor clams,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Unfortunately, the weather isn’t always cooperative, so diggers should dress for cold, wet conditions.”

Diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 dug. Each digger’s clams must be in a separate container.

Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis will be open in addition to Long Beach on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Long Beach will be open.

Long Beach also is expected to be open Dec. 29-31, but final approval will depend on marine toxin tests closer to those dates.

States meet Tuesday to discuss Bonneville pool sturgeon

Washington and Oregon have scheduled a conference call for 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss sturgeon angling in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River.

Sturgeon retention is scheduled to resume in January. The states will discuss how to split the harvest between the winter and summer months, plus a potential three-day-a-week fishery or other means to meter out the catch.

With sturgeon retention potentially closed in the lower Columbia, the Bonneville pool may be the closest location to the metropolitan area to have a retention fishery.

Boating safety class scheduled for Saturday

A boating safety class is scheduled beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St, Room B-1.

Offered by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 and the Clark County Marine Patrol, the class costs $10 per person or $20 for a family of three or more.

To register, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

The class covers equipment requirements, navigation rules and markers plus other safe boating topics.

Oregon bass club to meet Dec. 20

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

The session is the club’s holiday social to share 2012 outings with photos and stories.

Meadows opens for night skiing

Mount Hood Meadows began night operations on Wednesday, the ski area announced.

The resort will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, but 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

A night skiing pass is $30 or $129 for the season.

The ski area has 48 inches of snow.

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