Handling Cold Weather, Tough Times

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle The European starlings that haunt my backyard have donned their white-spotted winter jackets, the winter-fun (sic) steelhead are making their way up the Cowlitz and snow is falling at White Pass Ski Resort. Winter is on its way and looks like it’s coming in hard for a landing. I’m just not sure I’m ready for it to get here yet. I’ve been eyeballing the racks of long underwear at Sunbirds and Cabela’s, hoping to find a pair of reasonably-priced…

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FOC Receives 55k Spring Chinook Smolts

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle TOLEDO — It’s fish rearing time again for the Friends of the Cowlitz. Monday morning they took delivery of nearly 55,000 spring Chinook salmon smolts at the holding nets on a pond at Toledo Sand & Gravel, a job that took nearly all day and 10 truckloads. These smolts will remain in the Toledo pond holding pen until spring, when they will be released into the Cowlitz River. By then they will have grown from their current size of…

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Fishing and Hunting Report: Five Lakes Get Jumbo Trout Plant in Time for Thanksgiving

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Five lakes in Southwest Washington to close Nov. 21, and reopen Nov. 25 for a jumbo rainbow trout fishery: Fort Borst Park Pond (1,200 trout, juvenile anglers only), Centralia; South Lewis County Park Pond (1,200 trout), near Toledo; Kress Lake (1,000 trout), near Kalama in Cowlitz County; Battleground Lake (2,500 trout), located at Battleground State Park in Clark County; and Rowland Lake (1,700), east of Bingen in Klickitat County. The lakes will close to provide time for fish to…

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Razor Clam Digging Under a Beaver Moon

By Kimberly Mason / For The Chronicle The long range forecast for Pacific beaches is calling for rain, but there will be a just-past-its-prime full moon behind the clouds — known as the Beaver Moon (which means it’s the time to set your beaver traps before the swamps freeze) — waiting to peek through an help light the way for razor clam diggers hitting the beaches this Friday and Saturday. Low tide will occur in the evening at around 7 p.m. both days, plan to…

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Traveling in Circles

When everything is going as planned in life it’s easy to be happy with the world and love everyone and everything around you. When times are tough and plans go awry, it’s a lot harder to love. I went nearly two weeks without internet access and email this month. A wicked virus had entered my computer. I’m not sure how it happened, but the event did happen to coincide with a two-day visit from my youngest son.

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