Trout Frenzy Starts This Weekend

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Over 300,000 anglers are expected to hit trout waters across the state this weekend for the opening day of the 2012 lowland lakes season this Saturday, Apr. 28. It doesn’t matter where you go in Lewis County, south Thurston or upper Cowlitz County, you’ll find fish and you’ll find them aplenty. With the sunny days we’ve been experiencing, the waters have warmed and the fish are hungry. It’s time to hit the water. But first, it’s best to spend…

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Fishing & Hunting Report: Free Admission to Mount Rainier Park

By Kim Mason For The Chronicle If fishing isn’t your cup of tea, take advantage of National Park week and get free admission to Mt. Rainier National Park and other national parks this week, ending Sunday. For more information go to http://www.npa.gov. Catch Cards Due by April 30 You must return your Catch Record Card to WDFW by April 30 — even if you didn’t catch a single steelhead, salmon, halibut or sturgeon. Return Catch Record Cards to: WDFW CRC UNIT, 600 Capitol Way N,…

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Get Ready for the Lowland Lake Season Opener

Dig It: One More Weekend to Go After the Razor Clams By The Chronicle It’s time to get serious about the lowland lake season opener on Saturday, April 28, as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has released 3 million trout averaging about 12 inches, which is a third larger than last year’s released trout. Millions of other trout are also awaiting a chomp on a worm and hook that were stocked last year in state lakes, with many weighing more than 1.5 pounds…

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Buying and Enjoying a Budget Bass Boat

By Jim Byrd For The Chronicle Be honest! You envy those big, sleek, shiny 70 mile-per-hour bass boats, at least a little bit. Or maybe a whole bunch. But they don’t fit your budget, style of fishing, or storage ability. Well, don’t despair. There’s a lot cheaper way to do some serious bass, trout or panfish angling. Does a $1,000 “mini-bass boat” that will get you into places the big boats can’t even go appeal to you? You might be thinking “what makes this boat…

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Razor Clam Dig Offers Best Bet for Outdoors Enthusiasts

By The Chronicle With the grand opening day of lake fishing still more than three weeks away, and with the torrential rains that have hit Southwest Washington this past week, the outdoor enthusiast’s best bet this weekend is a razor clam dig on the coast. This coming Saturday through Monday, the ocean beaches open up for diggers. With temperatures in the high 50s on the beaches this weekend, it should make for an enjoyable outing. Three beaches are open for morning digs all three days…

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