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Out & About: Fishing 101 class offered

This 64-pound halibut caught May 10 by Donald Engle of Spokane won the Westport weekly derby prize of $500, and it could be the season winner for another $1,000.
This 64-pound halibut caught May 10 by Donald Engle of Spokane won the Westport weekly derby prize of $500, and it could be the season winner for another $1,000.

OUTDO – Recognizing that entering the sport of fishing is difficult without the mentoring of friends or family, a five-hour Fishing 101 class for adults is being organized by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The free class starts 10 a.m., June 11, at Bunker’s Resort on Williams Lake southwest of Cheney.

The event, with classroom and on-water instruction, coincides with Washington’s Free Fishing Weekend: No fishing license will be required.

Volunteers will teach students age 16 and older basic gear rigging, fishing methods, where to go – and even how to clean and cook the catch.

Preregister (space limited). Email or call the WDFW Spokane Region Office, 892-1001.

Spokane angler lands prized Pacific halibut

OUTSTANDING – Don Engle of Spokane cashed in on a three-day Westport halibut and bottomfish angling trip last week.

Fishing aboard the Tequila Too, he landed a 64-pound halibut that won the weekly Westport derby prize of $500.

If no one catches a larger halibut by the end of the season at 6 p.m. today, Engle’s fish also will earn an additional $1,000 for the largest derby halibut of the season.

“We brought home so much fish you can’t believe it,” said Engle, who makes annual spring pilgrimages to the Pacific charterboat port for halibut and bottomfish. In August he returns for salmon.

“We limited on ling cod for three days, and limited on yellowtail sea bass one day and limited our season on halibut. I even caught a 20-pound king, but had to release it.”

Learn about efforts for Dream Trail

OUTFIELD – The status of years of effort to establish a “Dishman Hills Dream Trail” corridor through the Dishman Hills Natural Area to the Iller Creek-Big Rock area will be presented in a program Monday, 7 p.m., at Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave.

Several Spokane groups have formed the Dishman Hills Alliance to help acquire the property or easements in the area toward the Rocks of Sharon, said Jeff Lambert of the Spokane Mountaineers.

A priority, he said, is developing a parking area on the south side of the recently acquired Big Rock parcel, where climbers and other visitors have been getting tickets for parking on private land.

Spokane County Conservation Futures Program is working to acquire a two-mile section of the corridor.

Aldo Leopold on IMAX

OUTSEE – Green Fire, a high-definition documentary film about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, will be screened in Spokane’s Riverfront IMAX Theater on Thursday, 7 p.m.

The late Leopold, known as the father of modern wildlife management, shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement.

Leopold authored “A Sand County Almanac,” required reading for everyone who steps foot outdoors.

Tickets are free, but must be acquired in advance online:

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