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Outdoors briefs: St. Helens winter climbers need permit

People attempting to climb Mount St. Helens must self-register to obtain a climbing permit.

The free permits will be available at the Climber's Register at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, Cowlitz County.

Officials at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument said in a news release that climbers need to be prepared for rapidly changing fall and winter weather and increasing snow and ice on the climbing route.

Climbers also need to be aware that as wind and snow begin to rebuild the overhanging snow cornices on the crater rim, it's important to carefully assess how close to go and where it's safe to look into the crater.

During the winter climbing season, which runs through March 31, climbing permits are required.

More infomation about the climbing permit system is available online at www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/mount-st-helens/permit-system.shtml.

Steelhead season opens on Columbia River

A hatchery steelhead fishery opened Nov. 6 on the upper Columbia River from Rocky Beach Dam upstream to 400 feet below Wells Dam.

Anglers have a daily limit of two adipose-fin-clipped hatchery steelhead, which must measure at least 20 inches in length. Steelhead with an intact adipose fin, and those bearing an anchor floy tag, must be immediately released unharmed without being removed from the water.

The fishery targets the abundant return of hatchery fish that exceeds the number needed to meet spawning goals, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Additional regulations for the fisheries are available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm.

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