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Southern Oregon Bass Club to host Demo Day

Rogue Valley bass anglers and the Josephine County marine patrol are teaming up to promote warm-water fishing and boating safety during an event Saturday in Grants Pass.

The Southern Oregon Bass Club is hosting its inaugural Demo Day from 10 a.m. to — p.m. at the Wal-Mart Parking Lot, 305 NE Terry Lane.

The event is a way for bass anglers to promote warm-water lake fishing as bonafide fishing alternatives in a slice of the Pacific Northwest where salmon and steelhead reign supreme.

That's just the way this area is, but we don't feel like second-class citizens, says Tom Hill, one of the club's members. There are a lot more bass fishermen in the world than steelhead fishermen.

During the Demo Day, bass anglers will have on hand several different boats equipped with bass-fishing gear. Several demonstrations of angling techniques also will be provided, and an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist will be on hand to answer questions.

— Also, the Josephine County Marine Patrol will be available for boat-safety inspections so boaters can ensure they have the required safety items on board before the bass-fishing season begins.

These so-called dry-dock inspections give boaters a chance for checking their safety equipment without running the risk of a ticket for any violations.

Those boats that pass get stickers noting the inspection.

The Southern Oregon Bass Club has about two dozen families that pay a &

36;30 annual membership.

The Demo Day is also co-hosted by the Black Bass Action Committee.

The Southern Oregon Bass Club hosts nine monthly bass-fishing tournaments in Northern California and Oregon lakes, plus a 10th so-called open tournament in May.

The season runs February through October, with events at Iron Gate, Shasta and Trinity lakes in California as well as a host of Oregon lakes.

Only one tournament ' the open ' will be held locally, with Lost Creek Lake hosting the event, Hill says.

For more information about the club, either attend the Demo Day or call (541)479-4834 for more information.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will not be deciding the state's new time limits for checking predator traps this Friday after all.

A technicality in the time limits required for reporting potential new laws to the Secretary of State's office has pushed the commission's trap-check vote to Feb. 13, commission spokeswoman Anne Pressentin Young says.

The commission will consider requiring that restraining, snare-like traps targeting coyotes and other predators be checked within 76 hours after they are set.

Oregon now has no set time limit for predator traps, allowing the possibility that wounded or non-targeted animals can be held for intervals some consider inhumane.

Thirty states have 24-hour limits.

Commission members in December indicated that they also want a separate, longer time requirement for so-called quick-kill traps, but commission members did not suggest any specific length of time. No exemptions are expected.

The Oregon Legislature in 2001 passed a new trapping law that set a 48-hour limit for the trapping of furbearers like mink and beavers, but the law states that traps set for predators should be checked only on a regular basis.

The commission is charged to define specifically what regular means, and a hot public debate has ensued over how long is long enough.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail