Cowlitz Quiet; Chehalis and Willapa Rivers Hot

Best Bets: Go West, Anglers, to Find the Elusive Steelhead By Michael Wagar mwagar@chronline.com The winter steelhead run on the Cowlitz River is still waiting to blast open, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any real promising hot spots in our area to bag that cherished steely. “It’s slow, fair at best despite decent conditions in the river — the heighth is good,” said Marshall Borsom of Fish Country, Inc. in Ethel about fishing up near Blue Creek and to Barrier Dam on the Cowlitz.

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Ring in New Year Digging Razor Clams

Best Bet: Sunday at Twin Harbors Where Clam Numbers are Reported to be High By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Grab your clam gun, headlamps and lanterns and get ready to ring in the New Year this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the last and the first razor clam digs of the year. Thursday afternoon the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife put out the word that the go-ahead has been given and the marine toxin tests showed that the clams on all five coastal…

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Backyard Naturalist: Annual Raptor Count Is Taken on ‘Great Circle’

Editor’s Note: Outdoors Writer Russ Mohney died Aug. 31. The loss is staggering. His writing and insight into the outdoors of Southwest Washington was unmatched. We will be publishing his popular column each week in the coming months from his abundant body of work created throughout the past decade for The Chronicle. This column was originally published Dec. 24, 2004. Every year about this time I try to take a trip I call the “great circle,” which gives me a chance to gauge the relative…

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High Flows Slow Steelhead Catch

Clearing Water: Look for Dry Skies and Better Fishing in Coming Weeks By The Chronicle River levels continue to drop and a bit of sunshine is even forecast for today, signaling better fishing on the Cowlitz River in the coming days and weeks. “It’s still not hot, but it is getting there,” said Karen Glaser of Barrier Dam Campground, a fishing supply shop not far from one of the hot spots on the Cowlitz River. “Today a little more green coming to it. It should…

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