Fishing & Hunting Report: Howl n’ Hoot With NW Trek This Weekend

By Kimberly Mason
For The Chronicle
Northwest Trek is celebrating Halloween with wild critter encounters, spooky evening tram tours, games, crafts and treats, Oct. 26 and 27, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Tickets cost $11 for adults park Members, $7 for youth and children under 2 are free. Non-members pay just $2 more per ticket, $13 for adults, $9 for children.
There will be education stations where you can listen to the sounds of the nighttime forest and participate in some sweet science. Northwest Trek staff and volunteers will be scattered throughout the park to welcome trick-or-treaters with tasty “green” treats.
To ensure a happy Halloween experience for all, the Trek asks that adults not wear scary masks and face paint.

Northwest Trek will have spooky Halloween specials Friday and Saturday. (Courtesy Photo)

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Big Rack Contest at Sunbirds
The “Big Buck Contest” continues through Oct. 31 at the Chehalis and Yelm Sunbird Shopping Center stores. Bring in your buck (Washington state licensees only), harvested during modern firearm season early buck to either store location during store hours.
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Razor Clams
The second razor-clam dig of the fall season will get under way on evening tides at four ocean beaches Saturday (Oct. 27).
Twin Harbors beach will open for digging after noon on four consecutive days, Oct. 27-30. Three other beaches – Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks – will open for digging Oct. 27-28 after noon each day.
Digging days and evening low tides for beaches scheduled to open are:
Oct. 27, Saturday, 5:57 p.m., +0.2 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Oct. 28, Sunday, 6:36 p.m., -0.1 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Oct. 29, Monday, 7:12 p.m., -0.3, Twin Harbors
Oct. 30, Tuesday, 7:46 p.m., -0.4, Twin Harbors
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers carry a lantern or strong flashlight during night digs. He also said diggers heading to Copalis and Mocrocks should be aware of a traffic revision on eastbound U.S. Highway 101 in Hoquiam due to emergency work on the Simpson Avenue Bridge.
Information about beach locations and additional digs proposed in the months ahead is available on WDFW’s website at

On the Water
“There’s a lot of silvers in the lower Chehalis River,” said Charles McElroy, a sporting goods clerk at Sunbird Shopping Center. “at least as far up as the mouth of the Satsop. Talked to a guide the other day that pulled in 30 silvers, and they could only keep two of them.”
The silvers were sporting the dreaded adipose fin, said McElroy, making them illegal to keep.
“Another issue they’re having is that there are a lot of chum showing up,” he added, “and you can’t keep them either.”
Anglers at the Barrier Dam on the Cowlitz are reportedly hooking into the silver (coho) salmon, but they too are a lot of fin wearing fish.
Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,773 coho adults, 928 jacks, 983 fall Chinook adults, 79 jacks, 128 summer-run steelhead and 44 cutthroat trout during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 332 coho adults and 106 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Site, and they released 614 fall Chinook adults, 53 jacks, 241 coho adults and 389 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at Packwood.
A total of 1,082 coho adults, 157 jacks, 344 fall Chinook adults, 34 jacks and twelve cutthroat trout were released into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton during the week.
The Satsop and the Humptulips is fishing well. The Nisqually River is seeing some chum salmon, good news is you can keep them there.
“The Willapa is deader than dead,” said McElroy, “you would have thought with all the rain we’ve had we’d see some fresh fish, but they’ve been doing a lot of netting out there so it’s really no surprise.”
Riffe Lake has been decent, although the fish seem to be scattered.
Merwin has been fishing well, but only on days when the wind is quiet.
“It gets pretty nasty out there on Merwin, even more so than Riffe Lake, when the wind is high,” said McElroy.

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