Out & About: Registration set for chinook tournament

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Registration set for chinook tournament

PORTLAND — Registration is open for the 23rd annual Spring Fishing Classic on April 4 in the lower Columbia River.

Sponsored by Fishermen’s Marine and Outdoor, the event costs $80 for an individual entry.

Tournament weigh-in hours are 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Kleiver Memorial Armory, 10000 S.E. 33rd Drive, Portland.

The angler with the biggest fish wins $500.

Entry fees are $240 for a three-member team. Entry is available at any Fishermen’s Marine and Outdoor, online at www.nsia.org or by calling 503-631-8859. Registration include a t-shirt. The event is a benefit for the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association.

Beginner’s flyfishing school set April 25

CAMAS — Registration is open for the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers’ beginning fly fishing school on April 25 at Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 N.W Camas Meadows Drive.

The class is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and covers casting, equipment, knots, fishing techniques, water safety, fly selection and more. Lunch is provided. The class costs $45 and is limited.

For more information, call Don Starkin at 360-608-5916 or email him at dstarkin@msn.com.

Registration open for Gorge ride

THE DALLES, Ore. — Registration is open for the ninth annual Gorge Ride, a 38.5-mile trip, from The Dalles to Hood River and back on June 20.

Cyclists will start at the Gorge Discovery Center and ride to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in Mosier and on to the Sen. Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead east of Hood River and back. The cost is $15 for youth ages 6 to 11 and $35 for age 12 and older.

The event is a fund raiser for the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway, an advocacy group supporting restoration and reconnection of the historic highway through the Columbia River Gorge.

To register, go online to www.gorgeride.eventbrite.com. For more information, go online to www.gorgeride.com.

Shellfish poacher gets prison time

SEATTLE — The former owner of a shellfish company based in Jefferson County has been sentenced to 5½ years in prison after a poaching investigation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife proved he and his employees had stolen millions of oysters and clams off Washington beaches.

Rodney Allan Clark, 50, former owner of G&R Quality Seafood in Quilcene, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to 17 counts of trafficking in stolen property and one count of reckless endangerment for selling shellfish to the public without a state health certification.

Clark was also ordered to return to court next month for a hearing to determine restitution for the shellfish he and his employees stole from beaches in Jefferson and Kitsap counties.

Eight of Clark’s former employees, some of whom cooperated with the investigation, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fishing violations in previous court appearances and received a combination of fines and jail time.