Summer sturgeon seasons on tap above Bonneville
Looking for a unique way to spend Father’s Day? Think about spending a day fishing for North America’s largest freshwater fish species – white sturgeon – on the Columbia River. The first of three scheduled summer sturgeon seasons kicks off just in time for Father’s Day on June 21. Retention sturgeon fishing will take place June 19-21 on the Columbia River between the Bonneville and John Day dams. Additional three-day fishing periods are scheduled for June 26-28 and July 3-5, although managers may adjust those dates to remain within the 1,100 fish annual harvest guideline. Retention sturgeon fishing is also open from McNary Dam to the Oregon/Washington border through July. The rest of the Columbia is limited to catch-and-release sturgeon fishing. Sturgeon must be between 38 inches and 54 inches fork length to be retained. The bag limit is one fish per day and two for the year. Fishing is restricted to the use of a single, barbless hook. Anglers are reminded that sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, is not permitted in the sturgeon sanctuary from The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to the upper end of the boat ramp at the Port of The Dalles.
Mt. Adams Country Bike Tour June 27
The 2015 Mt Adams Country Bike Tour on Saturday, June 27th is almost here. Four spectacular tours to choose from in the Trout Lake, Wash., area. You’ll wind over the stunningly scenic flanks of magnificent snow clad Mt Adams on good roads with easy to challenging rides and unequaled vistas. Riders can choose from the 11.5 mile Family Fun Ride (Trout Lake Valley); the 51 Mile Loop through Trout Lake, BZ Corner, Glenwood, and back; the 54 Mile Forest Loop (up and down the flanks of Mt Adams); and the combined 105 Mile Infinity Ride (51 + 54 mile loops). Each well-marked ride takes you on quiet country roads and is fully safety-supported with sag wagons, emergency teams, radio coverage, snacks/rest stops, optional box lunch and post-ride meals. When: Saturday, June 27th, 2015. Day-of registration and rides begin at 7:30 a.m. at Trout Lake School, 2310 WA 141, Trout Lake, WA 98650. Cost: Family Loop $10, all others $65. More information and register online at troutlakewashington.com/mt-adams-bicycle-tour. Questions: E-mail TroutLakeBikeTour@gmail.com
Oregon Enduro series returns this weekend
The second leg of the Oregon Enduro mountain biking series is in town this week, with competition slated to take place at the Post Canyon trail network located on the west side of Hood River. The two-day race will occur Friday and Saturday and offer multiple stages on both days. Final race course is to be released Wednesday according to the event’s Facebook page. The endure series is described on the competition’s website as an event that “combines the best parts of riding with your buddies and ripping down some of the best trails in existence, with that of some good old-fashion competition,” with a race format that “offers a great experience for serious competitors, weekend warriors and those who just want to enjoy world class mountain biking with an après-ride festival atmosphere.”
Maryhill Festival of Speed
The annual Maryhill Festival of Speed returns next week to the Mayhill Loops Road near Goldendale, Wash., featuring the the largest gravity sports festival in North America. Athletes from around the world will arrive in the Gorge next week to compete in street luge, classic luge, and downhill skateboarding in this world cup race. Practice for the events will occur Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25, then the action gets going on Friday with qualifying rounds running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by final races for a number of classes during the day on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to www.maryhillfestivalofspeed.com.