Near and far with rod and reel or shovel and bucket, the waning weekend of spring break still offers an abundance of outdoor opportunities, albeit soggy given the forecast.
For trout anglers, there are a pair of two-fers close at hand.
Here are some of the highlights:
Walter Wirth Lake and Walling Pond, both inside the Salem city limits, both were stocked with rainbow trout this week.
Wirth, in Cascades Gateway Park on the east side of Turner Road just south of Walmart, got 2,350 fish, 150 of those averaging 12 inches.
Walling Pond, 16th and McGilchrist streets with the parking off 16th, got 400 rainbows, 50 of those the foot-longs.
Some caveats: Walling, a privately owned but publicly accessible former gravel pit, has a prohibition on any floating craft. Even wading is prohibited.
Wirth, on the other hand, allows craft and electric motors of 10hp or less and even has a primitive boat launch on the west side of the lake. Wirth also features an accessible fishing dock.
DOUBLE UP IN ALBANY
The weather wasn't real conducive for fishing on Tuesday at Timber Linn Lake in Albany.
"What's it they say about weather in Oregon? Wait five minutes and it will change," laughed Paula Epperson of Albany as her two great nephews, Sawyer and Kash Hallberg beat a retreat to the van to wait out the blow with Epperson in hot pursuit.
When told that the lake was scheduled to be stocked this week, she quickly added, "we'll be back Friday."
Timber Linn Lake was one of two waters in Albany stocked this week, the other being Waverly Lake. Timber Linn got 450 trout, 50 of those 12-inchers, while Waverly was scheduled to get 800, 50 of those foot-longs.
To get to Timber Linn Lake, which is in Timber Linn Park, take the Knox Butte/Expo Center Exit 234A and follow the directions to the Expo Center. Drive past the center until the road Ts, and turn right.
You can either turn at the maintenance-yard entrance on the left to the lakeside public parking lot or you can continue up the road and watch for the main parking lot entrance on the left.
Waverly Lake is on the west side of Interstate 5. Take the first Albany exit, Pacific Boulevard SE, and watch for the park entrance on the right a couple hundred yards down the road.
Bonus: Both lakes offer lots of amenities in the attractive parks that they occupy.
WORTH A DRIVE
Foster Lake, just east of Sweet Home off Highway 20, debuted on the stocking schedule this week for the first time this year.
And if the weather this weekend is off-putting, the truck is scheduled to top off this week's 4,000 keeper-size rainbows with another 5,000 sometime next week.
Inside tip: Because Foster is going to be at winter-low levels through April this year, one spot that is almost guaranteed to be stocked is the boat ramp at Sunnyside Park, a Linn County Parks and Recreation Department gem.
To get there, take Highway 20 through Sweet Home and watch for the Green Peter turn (Quartzville Road) on the left. When you see the hatchery, turn left; it's just a couple hundred yards up Quartzville to the park entrance on the right.
Day-use and dog park are to the left of parking, while the boat ramp, campground and picnic area are to the right.
While probably not the most accommodating weather for shorts and T-shirts, there is a good reason to head to the coast this weekend.
Pack your bucket (one for each clam digger), shovel and shellfish license for each person 14 or older ($7 annually) and head for Siletz Bay.
And pick your time.
Late riser? The low on Saturday is at 6:44 p.m., a -0.0, which is perfect for digging purple varnish clams.
Early bird? The Sunday low (-0.1) is at 7:15 a.m.
It's one of those really rare occasions when there are back-to-back low series that swap off on the a.m. and p.m. cycles.
Take Highway 101 south of Lincoln City and over the Schooner Creek bridge at Taft. Park as far to the south end of the parking area as you can (it's an easy walk from there), and follow the crowd.
There is a how-to video on finding and digging purple varnish clams in the online version of this article, or just ask anyone on the sand.