Under the Open Sky: Cold Weather Crappie

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Crappie fishing in the morning, writing about crappie fishing in the afternoon, and eating crappie for supper. Life is pretty good for this Outdoors reporter. One of the perks of my Outdoors writing job is getting to go fishing. Yeah, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. And whenever someone asks me to go fishing with them? That’s the best perk and I always say yes.

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Fishing & Hunting Report: Rivers Out of Shape; Lakes, Ponds Hold Promise

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Those that have hit local lakes and ponds after the WDFW rainbow trout plant have had great success. The six lakes that received big rainbow plants are: Battleground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County; Kress Lake in Cowlitz County; Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County; and Rowland Lake in Klickitat County. “Fishing should remain good for a while,” said Charles McElroy, a sporting goods clerk at Sunbird Shopping Center. “They planted…

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Under the Open Sky: Feeding Wild Birds on a Budget

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle A good 10 percent of my monthly income is spent feeding two dogs (including an elderly Border Collie with allergies and expensive tastes) and a whole slew of wild birds. I’d like to think that the money I spent on dogs and wild birds is well spent. I think of it as entertainment, adult continued learning fees, downright essential living costs and a tithe to Mother Nature. I do, however, like my dollar to stretch and over the years…

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Under the Open Sky: Meeting Up with the Southwest Washington Mycological Society

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle George Jensen of Pe Ell caused quite a stir in the Historical Lewis County Courthouse meeting room last week when he walked through the door and into the monthly meeting of the Southwest Washington Mycological Society with a cauliflower fungus (Sparassis crispa). “It’s a choice edible,” said Jim Byrd, a member of SWMS and Winlock resident, “it’s among the best of all the fall fungi.” They are, however, rather hard to clean, he said. “They get a little buggy,”…

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