Out & About



Northern pikeminnow catch numbers reported

SKAMANIA — Anglers in the Beacon Rock area are faring well in the northern pikeminnow sport reward program.

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife weekly report, the average catch per trip this season at the Beacon Rock registration station is 10 pikeminnow.

That is the second best average, behind only Lyon’s Ferry on the lower Snake River at 11 pikeminnow. The No. 3-ranked average is 9.2 at Kalama.

The Dalles is the No. 1 station in total catch at 22,145 pikeminnow, with an average catch per trip of seven. The No. 2 station for total catch is Columbia Point in central Washington at 12,077, with an average of 7.1

Year-to-date numbers for local registration stations are:

Ridgefield, 340 angler trips, 2,361 pikeminnow, 6.9 average; Marine Park, 77 angler trips 686 pikeminnow, 8.9 average; Camas-Washougal, 596 angler trips, 2,129 pikeminnow, 3.6 average.

The program is open through Sept. 30 and pays a reward of $4 to $8 per pikeminnow that is 9 inches or larger. For more details, go online to www.pikeminnow.org.

State Wildlife Commission to consider waterfowl seasons

OLYMPIA — Waterfowl hunting seasons for this fall and winter will be adopted when the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meets here on Aug. 3-4.

The panel meets beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days in room No. 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E.

The waterfowl hunting discussion is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. on Aug. 3.

Other topics on the agenda include briefings on the proposed 2013-15 operating and capital budgets, proposed 2012 legislation, five land transactions, a briefing on auction, raffle and special incentive hunting permits and a briefing on upper Columbia River fisheries enforcement.

Money available for Gifford Pinchot projects in 2013

Applications for funds to improve the Gifford Pinchot National and help the rural economies of Southwest Washington will be accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 10.

The money is available through Title II of the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

Project application forms are available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/workingtogether/advisorycommittees/?cid=STELPRDB5276880 or from Gifford Pinchot headquarters, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, 98682.

Past projects have included restoring watersheds, decommissioning roads, improving recreations sites and maintaining roads and trails.

Any individual, non-profit organization or local government can submit Title II project applications.

The money would be for projects for implementation in 2013.

Applicants may contact Sue Ripp, Gifford Pinchot partnership coordinator, at 360-891-5005 for more information.