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Fishing/Hunting Report: National Trails Day Saturday; Chehalis River Springers Show

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Saturday, June 2, is National Trails Day — a celebration of hiking trails, the volunteers who maintain them and the hikers that hike them. Take a look at the Washington Trails Association website (http://www.wta.org) where you’ll find more than 500 reports filed by fellow hikers in the month of May alone. Details include snow levels, wildflowers, water conditions and more. WDFW Seized Antler Auction Nearly a thousand antlers seized from poachers over the last decade by WDFW police officers…

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Under the Open Sky: Changes Occur, Weather You Like It Or Not

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle When the rains began this week I felt a profound sense of relief. The several days of sunshine we all had the privilege of experiencing had me worn out and weary of the call of the great outdoors. It seemed every day brought something new and interesting. Spring weather in Washington state is a fickle beast. One day it’s sunny and warm, the next day (or days … and days) it’s cold, windy, raining and just plain miserable. But…

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Plenty of Options for Anglers This Weekend, Fresh and Saltwater

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle It’s that time of year when there is a little something to suit everyone’s tastes swimming about in the fresh- and saltwater. Don’t let the rain slow you down — although gusting winds may be a pretty good excuse for staying home — it’s time to go fishing. If you know your target fish well, a pocket full of gear, a rod and a pair of knee-high boots are all you need to hike into areas that haven’t seen…

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A Short Study of the Abundant and Abundantly Interesting, Irritating and Destructive Species in Local Waters

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle I spent some time at two of our more picturesque and fine-fishing local ponds this week: Swofford Pond (Mossyrock) and South Lewis County Pond (Toledo). I didn’t catch any fish, but that was probably because I was concentrating my efforts on photographing the wildlife — some of which was very weird wildlife. South Lewis County Pond is a local favorite for trout. Three-thousand catchable-sized rainbows and 300 jumbos averaging a pound and a half were tossed into this 17-acre…

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