Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Razor clam digging at Long Beach scheduled for Jan. 25-27

LONG BEACH — Razor clam digging will be open Jan. 25-27 on the Long Beach Peninsula and at Twin Harbors.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that marine toxins tests indicate the clams are safe to eat.

Copalis and Mocrocks beaches will be open Jan. 26 only.

Low tides will be 0.0 feet at 5:44 p.m. on Jan. 25, -0.2 feet at 6:18 p.m. on Jan. 26 and -0.2 feet at 6:50 p.m. on Jan. 27.

Digging was good earlier this month, with most diggers getting their limit of 15 clams, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager.

Long Beach tentatively is scheduled to be open on Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 23-24. Final approval of the February dates will depend on testing of the clams.

Oregon Bass club to meet Jan. 24 in Portland

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

The program will feature fishing awards for warmwater species caught in 2012 by youth and adult club members. The awards will include information where and how the catches were accomplished.

Wounded veterans to get spring chinook trip in March

Twenty wounded veterans from Joint Base Lewis McChord will be taken spring chinook fishing on March 23 in the Columbia River as part of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders’ second annual event.

The 20 wounded veterans, plus 20 local active-duty personnel, will fish out of Vancouver’s Marine Park. They will have boats, gear, food, licenses and more provided.

Keith Hyde, president of the Columbia River chapter of the Northwest Steelheaders, said the chapter could use small donations of cash to pay for the ice, bait, food and parking fees at Marine Park.

The event is expected to use 20 parking spots on a Saturday.

Anyone wishing to donate or help can call Rick Jenkins at 360-903-6085 or 360-553-7717 or Hyde at 360-772-0996.

Elk Foundation needs help with annual Vancouver banquet

Volunteers are needed to help with the 26th annual Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fundraising banquet scheduled for March 2 in Vancouver.

The Vancouver organizing committee meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Round Table Pizza, 13009 N.E. Highway 99. For more information, call Jeff Bloomquist at 360-903-6582.

Comments due regarding Sandy River delta project

PORTLAND — Comments will be accepted through Sunday on a proposal to improve habitat for young steelhead and salmon in the Sandy River delta.

The project will restore the historic main channel of the Sandy River where it enters the Columbia. The historic channel is east of the existing channel.

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to remove an eight-foot dam that was built in the 1930s and to excavate a pilot channel within the historic main channel. When done the Sandy River will flow through both channels.

Young salmon and steelhead gain size and strength in estuary areas such as the channels during their migration to the ocean. The Portland Water Bureau will finance a portion of the project.

To comment, go to the “Announcements” tab at www.nwp.usace.army.mil.

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