Outdoor briefs: Junior Bassmaster event set April 18-19 on Columbia

Members of the Tri-Cities River Runners and the Empire Bass Club of Spokane will compete in the 2009 Junior Bassmaster State Championship from April 18-19 in the Tri-Cities.

Launch point for the competition is the marina at Columbia Point.

Tournament champions will advance to the Western Divisional on May 15, also to be held on the Columbia River.

Divisional champions will be invited to the 2009 Junior Bassmaster Classic World Championships in Florida.

Sturgeon retention fishing closures near

The sport retention fishery for sturgeon between John Day and McNary dams on the Columbia River will close Monday, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The closure will occur because fisheries managers estimate the harvest guideline of 165 sturgeon will be reached by then.

Spawning sanctuaries from the blue bridge to McNary Dam and from the Rufus grain elevator upstream to John Day Dam will be closed to sturgeon fishing May 1 through July 31.

Lyons Ferry store reopens

LYONS FERRY -- The KOA at Lyons Ferry Park and Marina has reopened under new management.

The marina store has been stocked and is ready for anglers and other recreationalists, said Jim Macarthur, who with his wife, Angela, and Phyllis Rothauge are subleasing the park and marina from the Port of Columbia.

The marina facility offers camping, RV parking, boating, fishing and day use.

IMAC set to hold 1.5-mile hike today on Bateman Island

The Inter-Mountain Alpine Club will hold a 1.5-mile hike of Bateman Island Trail from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today.

There is no fee and the activity is open to parents, children and other interested parties.

Call group leader Sharon McDowell at 942-1900 for details or to sign up.