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

■ Strait halibut — Opportunity is limited to say the least in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Even with the season beginning Thursday in Area 6, anglers have just 12 fishing days left to target the flatties.

Translation: Beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to tides and conditions.

■ Hood Canal shrimp — Shrimp season starts Saturday morning.

Where else would I recommend other than the most densely populated spot shrimp location in the state?

■ Sandy Shore trout — The most popular opening day lake in Jefferson County was also its best producer.

Trollers have always been known to do well at Sandy Shore, especially right before dusk.

■ Coastal lings — While the barndoors might be off limits on the coast, a red-hot lingcod fishery is still fair game.

Area 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay) have produced a number of nice-sized lings during the last month. That’s unlikely to change now.

■ Spring birds — Admiralty Audubon’s Dan Waggoner will lead a birding trip through Kah Tai Nature Park on Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.

Part of a Wednesday night bird walk series held each week during the month of May, the trip will focus on the changing bird populations of the lagoon in spring.

To register for the event, contact Waggoner at 360-301-1788 or danwags57@gmail.com.

Matt Schubert

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