Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Hatchery open house slated for Saturday

UNDERWOOD — The annual open house at Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The hatchery is along state Highway 14 in Skamania County.

Visitors can watch tule fall chinook salmon come up the fish ladder and see hatchery workers spawn the fish.

Spring Creek is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spawning continues through Sept. 28. Spawning often ends by 2 p.m.

For more information, call the hatchery at 509-493-1730.

Youth pheasant hunt this weekend in lowlands

Youth age 15 and younger are invited to participate Saturday and Sunday in pheasant hunting at the Shillapoo and Vancouver Lake wildlife areas.

A joint effort of Pheasants Forever, the Vancouver Wildlife League and Department of Fish and Wildlife, hunting at both sites will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Young hunters must have the appropriate licenses and only steel shot shells are allowed.

Young hunters without dogs will be paired an experienced hunter and dog.

For more information, call Cody Steinmann at 360-991-8920.

Boating safety class scheduled for Saturday

A boating safety class will be offered by the Clark County Marine Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Saturday.

The class from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be at 4700 N.E. 78th St. Completion of the course qualifies the participant for a state boater education card.

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

Bass club to meet Sept. 27 in Portland

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Garry White, Roy Buss and Rich Tombleson, winners of the club’s 2011 All Species Challenge, will be the speakers.

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