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Clam and Oyster Season Adjusted in Sequim, Elsewhere
The large abundance of littleneck clams, butter clams, and oysters at Sequim Bay State Park has resulted in an extension of the sport clam and oyster seasons there, which will now go from April 1 through June 30, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Clam seasons at Potlatch State Park and the Potlach Department of Natural Resources Tidelands have also been adjusted; at each location they will now run April 1 through July 15.
International Fly Fishing Film Festival Comes to Northwest
IF4, the International Fly Fishing Film Festival, will come to several Northwest locations over the next month. The festival consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from around the world that, according to the festival, showcase “the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing.” Upcoming dates for the touring festival include March 31 in Springfield, Ore.; April 1 in Spokane, Wash.; and April 7 in Seattle. A complete list of locations, as well as ticket details, is available on the event’s website.
Upcoming Free Family Fishing Events in Oregon
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has announced its schedule of 2016 free family fishing events. Events occur at locations that have take stocked in advance with fish and ODFW provides loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait, along with helpful tips from experienced angling instructors, to attendees. Upcoming events include:
– April 2, Canby, Canby Pond (youth only event), 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– April 9, Molalla, Shorty’s Pond, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– April 9, Cottage Grove, Row River Nature Park, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– April 16, Gervais, St. Louis Ponds, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– April 23, Rainier, Trojan Pond, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– April 30, Sheridan, Sheridan Pond, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– April 30, Coos Bay, Middle Empire Lake, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Licenses are required for anyone 12 years and older, and are not available at the events. For more information, visit the ODFW website.