Out and About: Outdoors news of note

Statesman staffJuly 4, 2013 

BOATING

Stand-up paddleboarders need life vests

SUPs are considered vessels, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, and when used outside of a swimming, surfing or bathing area, they are subject to the same regulations as a vessel.

That means paddleboarders need proper safety equipment, including a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for the paddler and a sound-producing device, such as a whistle. All paddleboards also must have a state invasive species sticker to operate on Idaho waters. For details regarding Idaho boating rules and regulations, go to boatidaho.gov.

FISHING

Oregon's Phillips Reservoir gets tiger muskies

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released 25,000 of the fish in the reservoir near Baker City in June to control a yellow perch population that has decimated the trout fishery. It is the first time tiger muskie (a sterile cross between muskellunge and northern pike) have been introduced into Oregon waters.

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