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

• Hoodsport chum — The great Hood Canal chum run is in.

These frightening fish have flooded the waters around Hoodsport Hatchery in the last week.

Bring something green (perhaps a spinner) and hook a few.

• Dungeness coho — The rains came to Dungeness Valley on Thursday, not to mention a double rainbow.

A sign? Methinks so.

Just make sure to get down there quickly, because as Brian Menkal of Brian’s Sporting Goods and More in Sequim said, these fish are dawdling.

The promise of love will do that to a fish.

• Whitaker’s summit — Port Townsend’s Leif Whittaker will discuss his ascent of Mount Everest at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., in Port Townsend on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Whittaker has summited the highest mountains in Antarctica and South America and is the son of Jim Whittaker, the first American to successfully climb Mount Everest.

Tickets for the event are $12 for Northwest Maritime Center members, $15 in advance and $20 at the door if space permits.

Tickets can be purchased at Wildernest Outdoor Store, 929 Water St., or the Wooden Boat Chandlery in the Northwest Maritime Center.

• Know your birds — Dungeness River Audubon Center is offering a five-session class on fall birds of the Peninsula beginning next Thursday.

The class will meet each Thursday through Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. (times may change depending upon weather and tides).

Cost is $40 for River Center partners and $60 for non-members.

To register, contact the River Center at 360-681-4076 or rivercenter@olympus.net.

• Mushroom mania — Yes, I’m pimping the PDN’s annual mushroom photo contest once again.

As all of the photos I received Thursday attest, there’s plenty of fungi floating around our fair Peninsula.

Now go find me the biggest, prettiest and one most resembling a notable figure by the Nov. 8 deadline. There’s some cash in it for you ($50 for each category winner).

Please send photos to matt.schubert@peninsuladailynews.com.

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