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  • Bassmasters schedule summertime tourney

  • The Rogue Valley Bassmasters club is reviving its summer bass-fishing tournament and fundraising raffle in June.
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  • The Rogue Valley Bassmasters club is reviving its summer bass-fishing tournament and fundraising raffle in June.
    The club will hold a tournament for two-person fishing teams June 21-22 at Lost Creek Lake, followed by a large raffle at about 3 p.m. Sunday after the final weigh-in and tournament prizes.
    The tournament will center around the Lost Creek Lake Marina, and anyone at the lake is invited to take part in the raffle.
    The tournament will cost $125 per team, and the prizes, including biggest fish, will be determined by the number of participants, says Joe Meerton, the club's founder and current vice president.
    The club has a permit for up to 75 participants, and Meerton expects around 30 teams to participate.
    Participants don't have to be members of a local bass club, but they must have a functioning live well to participate because all of the fish weighed in for the tournament will be released, Meerton says.
    The tournament will include both smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the largemouth likely to be some of the bass the club has helped the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife release annually after they are captured at other lakes where they are not wanted.
    The Bassmasters will be assisting ODFW biologists this weekend in releasing largemouth bass captured in Davis Lake, Meerton says.
    "Hopefully, some of the largemouth we've put in there over the years will show up in the tournament," Meerton says.
    The Medford-based Bassmasters also will be putting on a series of free bass-fishing clinics June 7 at the Sportsman's Warehouse, 1710 Delta Waters Road. The clinics will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will delve into everything from electronics to fishing swim baits, crank baits and other lures.
    The raffle will include items ranging from pizzas to $400 fishing rods. Tickets for the raffle will be sold during the tournament at the lake, and packages start at six tickets for $5, Meerton says.
    Entry forms for fishing in the tournament can be found at Sportsman's Warehouse, the Black Bird Shopping Center in Medford and at the lake's marina.
    For more information, telephone Meerton at 541-601-4060.
    Table Rock guided hikes end this weekend
    This weekend brings to a close the guided nature hikes on the Table Rocks by The Nature Conservancy and the federal Bureau of Land Management.
    At 9 a.m. Saturday, Dr. Peter Schoeder from the Southern Oregon University's biology department will lead a hike on Upper Table Rock discussing the rock's insects, particularly spiders.
    At 9 a.m. Sunday, Alan Journet will lead a hike discussing climate change projections and their potential consequences at the Table Rocks. Journet is the co-facilitator of the Southern Oregon Climate Action Network.
    The hikes are free, but reservations are required and space is limited to 20 people.
    Interested hikers must sign up by 4 p.m. today for either hike. To register, telephone 541-618-2200.
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