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  • Central coast halibut season ends for the summer after hot August

  • Pacific halibut fishing was so good off the central coast in early August that it was too good, at least for those anglers who were waiting until later in the summer to go after the deep-water denizens.
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  • Pacific halibut fishing was so good off the central coast in early August that it was too good, at least for those anglers who were waiting until later in the summer to go after the deep-water denizens.
    Last weekend's anglers took the remainder of the central Oregon Coast halibut quota, and the popular fishery was closed for the rest of the year.
    Favorable ocean conditions allowed for a good number of anglers to fish last week's all-depth fishery outside the 40-fathom curve, said Lynn Mattes, halibut project leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
    NOAA-Fisheries, the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife met today and determined no quota remains to continue the central coast fishery. Therefore, fishery managers decided not to reopen the all-depth sport halibut fishery off the central Oregon Coast.
    But opportunity remains to fish for halibut in Oregon.
    Waters south of Humbug Mountain near Port Orford are open through October with no quota, but halibut fishing off Southern Oregon normally is not as successful as the central coast fishery.
    Also, the Columbia River sub area, from Cape Falcon (30 miles south of the Columbia River) to Leadbetter Point, Wash., (north of the mouth of the Columbia River) remains open Fridays through Sundays. That fishery will close when the remaining 3,600 pounds of its quota is reached.
    Saturday marks the second annual trout-fishing derby at Howard Prairie Lake in honor of the late son of the Howard Prairie Resort owners, and it will be a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club in Talent.
    The Andrew LeGrande Rainbow of Hope tournament, which is sponsored by the resort, will run from dawn to 1 p.m. at the resort on the lake east of Ashland.
    Participants will pay $15 to enter, but only $10 if they camp at the resort. Tickets are available only at the resort, which is the hub of activity around Howard Prairie Lake.
    LeGrande died in 2008 just before the family took over the resort. Proceeds go to the Talent club, which provides after-school, summer and outreach programs to about 300 kids.
    For more information, call the resort at 541-482-1979.
    Developmentally disabled kids and volunteer anglers will descend on Hyatt Lake Saturday for an annual fishing event that organizers say proves helpful to everyone involved.
    The CAST for Kids event pairs disabled anglers-to-be with volunteers for an opportunity to take a boat ride on this lake east of Ashland and try an outdoor experience they might not normally have a chance to experience.
    CAST stands for "Catch A Special Thrill," and the event has been occurring at Hyatt Lake for more than a decade, with the fishing and boating opportunities a summer highlight for some of the kids.
    The free event, which is run in conjunction with the federal Bureau of Land Management, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the BLM's Hyatt Lake Campground.
    It is open to anyone 21 years old or younger who either has a disability or is otherwise disadvantaged, according to the BLM.
    About 50 to 75 kids are expected to take part, with 100 or more volunteers expected to be on hand.
    Participants must preregister by calling ARC of Jackson County at 541-779-4520.
    Participants will be supplied with fishing rods and reels, a T-shirt, hat and tackle box — all of which they can take home.
    Each is paired with an experienced angler and escorted on a motorboat. Their caregivers also are invited on the boats.
    After fishing, a barbecue and awards ceremony is planned. Several local service clubs and fishing organizations will take part in Saturday's event.
    Camping for participants and their families is free.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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