The Fishing Report: Time to Take the Youngsters Fishing

Forget the Cowlitz: 3,000 Trout Stocked in Fort Borst Park Pond By The Chronicle The rivers are running high and muddy, making fishing in Southwest Washington difficult. Perhaps the best bet is to take a youngster to Fort Borst Park Pond, as it was stocked earlier this month with 3,000 catchable trout. Only those under age 15 are allowed on the pond. With covered picnic and play areas, and temperatures forecast into the low-50s this week, it just might be time to turn your back…

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Backyard Naturalist: Break in Weather Gives Chance to See Creatures Cope With Winter

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 Jan. 27, 2006. Here we go again with one of those “false alarm breakups” that have punctuated late winter for the past few years. Last Sunday, we had…

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Bill Would Raise Hunting, Fishing License Fees

Increase: State Department Is Facing a $10 Million to $20 Million Budget Shortfall By Allen Thomas The Vancouver Columbian Legislation was introduced Thursday for the first across-the-board increase in Washington hunting and fishing license fees in 14 years. House Bill 1387 would result in an increase in revenue from hunting licenses of 7.3 percent, 12.6 percent from sport-fishing licenses and 51.4 percent from commercial licenses.

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The Bird Word: The Birds of the Walmart Parking Lot

The Beginner’s Mind: Enjoy the Moment and Find New Understanding I am not an expert birder. Not by a long shot. I can still remember the excitement I felt at seeing a particular new and spectacularly plumaged guest at my feeder. He was new to me, anyway, and it wasn’t that long ago. The beautifully iridescent black feathers glowed purple, green and blue. A bright yellow beak and a snowfall of largish off-white spots was sprinkled over his shoulders and down his chest.

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