OUTDOORS: Matt Schubert’s five best bets to do this weekend

• Sol Duc salmon — There are still plenty of fish swimming around the Duc.

It’s getting them to bite that’s the challenge.

• Hoodsport chum — The Hoodsport chum fishery is either feast or famine.

When it’s good — 12 anglers took down 45 chum on Nov. 1 — it’s absolutely fantastic. And when it’s bad –two anglers, no fish on Nov. 6 — it’s absolutely atrocious.

• Avy Savvy — Backcountry skiing types ought to avail themselves of as much avalanche knowledge as possible before the winter season.

Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club, Backcountry Access and North by Northwest Surf Shop will offer a free avalanche awareness class tonight and Saturday in Port Angeles.

Tonight’s lecture will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. 7th St.

There will be a hands-on experience at the Ridge, weather permitting, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact North by Northwest at 360-452-5144.

• Get crabs — The cantankerous critters of the deep better sharpen those pincers.

Winter crabbing season begins Monday in Marine Area 6 (eastern Strait), 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and 12 (Hood Canal).

Given the two-month reprieve the crab enjoyed in September and October, there should be plenty shuffling about Peninsula bays.

• Rainy day hike — Washington Trails Association featured the Upper Dungeness Trail as one of its “rainy day hikes” on its website (www.wta.org).

A relatively leisurely hike, the 3.4-mile trek is sheltered by old growth forest with 200-foot tall fir trees flanking the trail much of the way to Camp Handy shelter.

Hikers are always within eyesight or earshot of the Dungeness River, coming close enough on a couple of different occasions to enjoy its “frothy” cascades.

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