Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Registration open for Klineline Kids fishing event on April 14

Registration is open through April 6 for the 13th annual Klineline Kids fishing event on April 14 at Salmon Creek Park.

A portion of Klineline Pond will netted off and stocked with rainbow trout for the event, limited to youth ages 5 to 14. There will be eight 45-minute fishing sessions beginning on the hour from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event costs $5 per child. Participants get a Zebco rod and reel to keep plus a T-shirt.

Wil Morrison, event organizer, said more than 2,000 children along with their parents are expected to attend.

“This program is aimed at getting more kids involved in fishing and building a base for the future stewards of this resource,” Morrison said. “We want more kids fishing more often.”

Registration forms are available at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Blvd. They also can be download off the agency’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/kids/events.html.

A fishing event for 300 special-needs children is planned on April 13. That will have 45-minute fishing periods at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Registration also is due by April 6.

Coastal Conservation Association meets Tuesday in Camas

CAMAS — The Southwest Washington chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Camas Meadows Golf Club. 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive.

Marv McQuinn of Marv’s Guide Service will be the guest speaker offering spring chinook fishing tips.

Harry Barber and Ed Wickersham will update the membership on fishery management issues, Keith Isaacson will discuss the Klineline Kids fishing event and Jack Mattice will cover the 2012 auction.

Registration open for CSFF’s six-week fly-tying class

Registration is open for the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers’ annual six-week introduction to fly tying class beginning Feb. 23.

The class is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Thursdays at the 40 et 8 Lodge, 7607 N.E. 26th Ave.

It is limited to the first 16 registrants. All materials are included in the $25 fee.

Students will be taught fly-tying techniques and will learn to tie about 12 patterns.

To register, call Wayne Bigelow at 360-604-8075 or email him at pescadorwayne@gmail.com.

Mount St. Helens climbing permit sales start briskly

COUGAR — Permits to climb Mount St. Helens on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August sold out less than 24 hours after sales opened on Feb. 1.

There were 4,429 permits sold, about 21 percent of the permits available, on the first day. Several Saturdays in June and September sold out, too.

The Forest Service limits permits to 100 per day from May 15 through Oct. 31 to protect the ecosystem.

Classes will explain snowshoes, backcountry winter safety

PORTLAND — A free clinic on the basics of snowshoes will be offered beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at REI’s Clackamas store, 12160 S.E. 82nd Ave.

The class will cover appropriate gear and locations to try snowshoeing.

A winter safety class will be presented beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at REI’s Portland store, 1405 N.W. Johnson St. Portland Mountain Rescue officials will provide tips to stay safe in the winter in the backcountry.