Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Clam diggers get weekend opportunity

LONG BEACH — Clam digging will be open Saturday and Sunday at Long Beach and Twin Harbors beach.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said tests indicate the clams are safe to eat.

Digging is only on afternoon tides. Low tides will be +0.3 feet at 5:12 p.m. Saturday and +0.1 feet at 5:47 p.m. Sunday.

Oregon bass group to meet Feb. 28

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

The session will be club’s annual “dry clinic” where members offer tips and techniques how to catch bass, walleye and other warm-water species.

CCA will fight netters in Oregon court

PORTLAND — The Coastal Conservation Association has announced it will file a motion to join the lawsuit over new Columbia River gillnet rules in the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Two leaders in the commercial industry filed a suit challenging the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adoption in December of regulations to phase the use of gillnets off the main stem of the Columbia and into off-channel areas.

The court ordered a stay while the legal petition proceeds.

“We expected lawsuits from the gillnet industry and will work tirelessly to keep the new management policy for the Columbia on track,” said Dave Schamp, chairman of CCA-Oregon. “We are confident that the court will ultimately uphold the new rules.”