Cowlitz Silver Salmon Run Could Set Record

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle The Cowlitz River is on course to see a record return of coho (silver) salmon, according to senior fisheries biologist Mark LaRiviere of Tacoma Power, and anglers are showing up in record numbers to find them. “We had a record run of 14,000 coho last year,” said LaRiviere. “This year we’ve already had a return of over 10,000 fall coho and we still have three or four weeks left to the season. We’re on course to beat last year’s…

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Confessions of a River Fishing Addict

As a daughter of the South, I grew up with a love for lake fishing and a taste for bass and catfish. Lazy days or quiet nights of watching a bobber sit atop the water, waiting for the tug of a bottom feeding cat or tossing a tacklebox full of a variety of baits, jigs and lures into the weeds at a big bass was my idea of a good time. Not anymore. River fishing has become my obsession. I spent six out of the…

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Fishing and Hunting Report: Clam Season Opener Friday, Saturday

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle This Friday and Saturday, the first razor-clam dig of the season will get under way on evening tides at four ocean beaches. Beaches scheduled to open for the two-day dig include Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. No digging will be allowed either day before noon. Diggers are allowed to take 15 razor clams per day, and must keep the first 15 found. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. “It’s important that diggers keep…

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Feed the Birds: Onset of Winter Means It Is Time to Get Out the Suet

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle As the temperatures begin to dip to just above freezing and are threatening to dip even further, we are reminded that it’s time to get back into the habit of feeding our backyard wild birds. Although natural foods such as insects and fruit are still abundant and easily found, this time of year also places great demands on little bird bodies because it is the time of migration, the time to put on weight to get through the…

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The Music of the Outdoors Beckons

When I contacted Patty Kaija at Kaija’s Garden and Pet in Chehalis last week to ask if she would be willing to take the time to talk to me about feeding wild birds for a feature article she said, “Oh my, you’re making me miss Russ.” We all miss Russ Mohney, I know I do. His autumn wisdom and way with words is sorely missed. He brought the solace of remembering to his faithful followers through weekly essays in The Chronicle. He painted pictures with…

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