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Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, August 09, 2002

Mushroom workshop postponed

Due to unusually dry weather, the mushroom workshop put on by the Kenai Watershed Forum has been postponed to Aug. 31.

The workshop, which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public, is for those who wish to know more about local mushrooms. Those wanting to do the workshop should meet at River City Books. Bring a cardboard box with a flat bottom for collecting and later study. Dominique Collet, a self-described amateur naturalist who has been on the peninsula since 1990, will lead the workshop.

The morning will be spent collecting mushrooms in various locations, and the afternoon will be spent at River City Books identifying the finds.

To register or get more information please call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449.

Fish and Game seeking coho tags

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is conducting a coho salmon tagging study in Cook Inlet this summer. The study will allow fisheries biologists to better understand coho escapement in upper Cook Inlet drainages. The department is asking that fishers and processors return the tags to the department as soon as possible. The tags have a long, black radio antenna, and are attached just below the dorsal fin. The department is offering a free T-shirt to anyone who returns a tag. Tags can be dropped off or mailed to the Soldotna Fish and Game office. For more information, call 262-9368.

Pennsylvania angler takes Seward derby

Cathleen Rioux of Bernville, Pa., took Week 13 of the Seward Jackpot Halibut Tournament 2002 with an 86-pound, 2-ounce fish that was closest to the target weight of 85 pounds. Rioux won $500.

Chris Winters of Anchorage took second and won $250, plus gift certificates, with a 79-pound, 6-ounce catch.

Taking third and $125 plus gift certificates was Tom Weaver of Eagle River with his 76-pound, 2-ounce catch.

McDowell wins July in Homer derby

The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby announced its July winners. Taking first was Clayton McDowell of Eagle River with his 347-pound fish. McDowell landed the fish on July 28 and also leads the overall derby.

Joe Simpson of Anchorage was second with a 313.6-pound fish caught on July 31; Dave Crawford of Clinton, Utah, was third with a 284.6-pound fish caught on July 21; John Capstick of Kendal, England, was fourth with a 240.4-pound fish caught on July 30; and Michael Severin of Running Springs, Calif., was fifth with a 233.2-pound fish caught on July 16.

The competition also has started for the August derby. David Opsahl of Austin, Minn., is in first with a 235-pound fish caught on Aug. 1. In second is Susan Lowenbach of Pawleys Island, S.C., with a 161.6-pound fish caught on Aug. 1.



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