Lake Sylvia closed June 6 for kids-only fishing
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The next big event on the fishing calendar is without question the opening of rivers, streams and beaver dams which occurs Saturday, June 6. This opener has varied over the years; but, it has consistently been occurring the first Saturday of June for many
So, first off the bat I will say, this is NOT a Canadian Goose, eh? It may have hatched on the upper reaches of the Canadian provinces, but it is still a Canada Goose.
The new fishing season got off to a predictably good start with the opening day of lake fishing on April 25. There were some juvenile derbies that occurred in our area before that date, which gave many youngsters some thrilling moments and lasting memories.
The White-crowned Sparrow is a true bird of the Pacific Northwest, residing here year-round, and considered one of the most common and abundant sparrows of Washington. Here in Grays Harbor, we most often see the subspecies pugetensis, foraging with other White-crowned Sparrows, but also mixing with Golden-crowned, Fox, and Song Sparrows.
For those of you keeping track of the birds in this column, you’re probably saying, “Hey, didn’t you just do a piece on the Bald Eagle?” And you would be right … I did. But, I am doing so again to make a point. I get asked several times a year about Golden Eagles out on the beach, and while I have learned never to say never, we just don’t see Golden Eagles in Grays Harbor County.
Today, the fishing community is abuzz with activity due to the opening of lakes statewide. This morning many arose early to secure a good location anticipating a bite from a trout at our local lakes.
Aberdeen Failor Lake open for children-only derby April 18
Our next big event on the local fishing scene is the lake opener which occurs the last Saturday of April. The actual date is April 25 this year.
Most of the birds featured in this column have been accompanied by a photo of the male, simply because that is what I get from Gregg Thompson. Today’s photo is a female.
The Latin name of the Northern Shrike means “butcher watchman,” but don’t cue the scary music yet; this bird only targets smaller birds and mammals. Still, with that sort of a name, this bird makes an interesting subject of study. Unfortunately I have yet to see one in my neighborhood, so have to depend on the tales of those who have seen at least one. This photo by Gregg Thompson shows how intently the bird concentrates.
The books on the 2014-15 fishing season are very close to being closed. This season will conclude at the end of this month and require that anglers comply with a few matters.
The Lincoln’s Sparrow was named after Thomas Lincoln, the birding companion/helper of John James Audubon, who said of this bird, “We found more wildness in this species than in any other inhabiting the same country.”
Upcoming razor clam dig shifts from evening to morning tides
When we approach mid-March in the fishing season, there is one thing anglers in our area have first and foremost on their minds. It simply is big fish.