Sports Briefs for Tuesday, April 8

Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame scholarship deadline approaching

ELMA — The Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame is seeking qualified applicants for its 2014 scholarships by the April 30 deadline.

The purpose of the EARHoF scholarship program is to encourage enrollment and participation in a recognized college, university, or professional school by family members of past and present Grays Harbor Raceway drivers, owners, crew members, and officials.

Since its inception in 2010, the EARHoF Scholarship Program has awarded over $5400. Three awards of $1000, $500, and $300 were given in 2013. Similar amounts will be awarded in 2014.

Applicants must plan on attending a recognized institution during the 2014/2015 school year.

Completed portfolios must be postmarked by April 30 in order to be eligible for consideration. Recipients will be announced by June 5.

Applications and information on the EARHoF scholarships can be found at or by emailing the Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame at or writing Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame Scholarships, P.O. Box 203, Pacific Beach, WA 98571.

Grays Harbor Poggies meeting Wednesday

The Grays Harbor Poggie Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hoquiam Elks Hall.

Anglers get at least six more days to catch chinook on lower Columbia

Columbia River anglers will get at least six more days to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon below Bonneville Dam under an agreement between fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Under that decision, sport fishing will remain open through April 14 in the lower river, except for a one-day closure April 8 to accommodate a possible commercial fishery. The initial sport-fishing season was previously scheduled to close April 7.

The six-day extension will give anglers another chance to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook still available for harvest, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish &Wildlife.

Prior to the season, fishery managers projected the catch through April 7 at 12,000 chinook, including a maximum of 10,100 upriver fish. They now estimate anglers will catch and keep just 3,000 spring chinook by that date.

The area open for spring chinook fishing extends from Buoy 10 upriver to Beacon Rock for boat and bank anglers, and to the fishing boundary below Bonneville Dam for bank anglers only. When the fishery is open, anglers can retain one marked, hatchery-reared adult chinook salmon as part of their daily limit.

Anglers fishing for spring chinook may also retain shad and hatchery-reared steelhead, although all wild steelhead not marked as a hatchery fish by a clipped adipose fin must be released unharmed.

Roler noted that anglers may get another chance to catch hatchery spring chinook later this spring, when fishery managers update the run forecast. Approximately 227,000 upriver fish were projected to return to the Columbia River this year, but the fishery has been managed with a 30 percent “buffer” to guard against overharvesting the run.

The fishing extension in the lower Columbia River does not affect the spring chinook season above Bonneville Dam, currently open through May 9 under regulations described on the department’s website at .

Daily World staff reports


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