Double-Crested Cormorant: Not a Fisherman’s Friend

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle There’s a big, black bird hanging out in Hayes and Plummer lakes in Centralia — the double-crested cormorant. That could be good news or bad news, depending upon your point of view. The good news is if you see a cormorant hanging around, you know there’s fish to be found because the cormorant wouldn’t stay anywhere there wasn’t an abundance of food. The bad news is a cormorant can eat a lot of fish — a lot of fish…

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Swofford Pond Offers Year-Round Fishing Fun

By The Chronicle Swofford Pond is one of Washington state’s secret bass ponds. Located southeast of Mossyrock, this 240-acre pond is home to a year-round fishing season for rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, perch, bluegill, crappie, brown bullheads, channel catfish and — believe it or not — sturgeon. April is the beginning of the spawning season. Bass locate themselves along the shoreline where the muddy bottom creates good nests.

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Blue Creek Steelhead Fishing

Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Joe Sheleby, a Centralia High School graduate now living in Olympia, snatched his first steelhead of the season from the Cowlitz River at Blue Creek on Wednesday morning. Tracey Borsom of Fish Country Inc. in Ethel said the fishing on the Cowlitz River is heating up, with the late winter run of steelhead starting to bite. Reports also have about a half-dozen springers being caught at Barrier Dam this past weekend, including one caught on Sunday weighing 23 pounds.…

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Big Shoes, Little Feet

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle I have no idea what size shoe Chronicle outdoors writer Russ Mohney wore, but I do know I could not possibly — neither literally nor figuratively — fill those shoes. I’m not an expert on much of anything and I didn’t grow up in this area. But I have a new pair of walking boots, a “beginner’s mind” and a willingness to listen to the wisdom of our local experts and gather it together here each week for…

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Fly Tying: It’s the Season to Prepare and Dream of Summer Fishing

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle Warren Sorenson and his wife Donna added two rooms to their home when they retired. On the ground floor, Donna has a spacious sewing and craft room. Upstairs is Warren’s den. Warren built it himself. It’s all part of a do-it-yourself kind of attitude that the Sorenson’s have cultivated over the years. Donna is a canner; Warren plows the garden. Donna captures the beauty of fine handwork; Warren captures the beauty of the outdoors with a camera. Donna…

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