Goose Season Opens
Inside the Outdoors, August 16
, 2013

Before I get to today’s topic, I wish to draw anglers’ attention that people are still drowning worms and getting some great results fishing.

I was surprised to learn recently that fishermen and women are catching trout, some nice specimens out of Linn Run. I chanced upon a family one weekend and questioned one youth as to his success rate, and was told that at that time his tally was up to four fish, “The largest was a good size,” he said. I asked about bait and told me crawlers.

The same bait has been producing bass from the Loyalhanna Creek. One avid angler told me last week that he hauled a beauty out of the creek in the proximity of the overflow behind Pig Iron. Then, of course, I passed the Delayed Harvest Area in Ligonier to see a good many people trying their luck along the stream area. So guys and gals don’t put don’t put your rods away just yet. There is action to be had!

Now, on to the subject of the day, the awaited beginning of the early migratory bird season, especially the very popular goose season that walkers and joggers of the walking path in Legion Keener Park use on a daily basis. It seems people don’t mind seeing those game birds. It’s what they leave behind, if you get my drift, not only on the asphalt, but also in the grass near the pavilions.

“The September statewide season for resident Canada geese will open Sept. 2 and continue through Sept. 25. The September season retains a daily bag limit of eight game birds,” so stated the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The possession limit has climbed to 24. Check with the PGC concerning rulings in certain areas as there are different bag limits and total possessions in various parts of the state. Either email the PGC or call Tom Fazi at the local office at 724-238-9523.

Sept. 2 also marks the beginning of the county park goose season hunting opportunities. One will be able to hunt Twin Lakes Park, dawn to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Hunters can then turn to Mammoth or Northmoreland Parks Mondays and Wednesdays, again, dawn till 9 a.m. Note: There will be NO hunting at Northmoreland and Mammoth Parks on Monday, Sept. 2nd, due to Special events.

There will be no day restrictions for hunting of geese at Chestnut Ridge (Acme) and Bridgeport Dam Parks. Be sure to obtain park rules and regulations before commencing to harvest birds at any of the county parks.

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Back in June, I was studying the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Summary Book and found confused concerning the trout stamp permit. I contacted a nearby retailer and asked him to clarify my confusion and found he was also unsure. That led me to write to Eric Levis, press secretary of the PFBC and get the matter straightened out. This is what he told me.

“On Page 33, under Trout/Salmon Permit, there is a bullet that says a permit is required when: ‘Fishes in waters under special trout/salmon regulations.’ Under Trout Fishing Regulations, Page 14 is devoted to Special Regulation Areas, under which falls the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section. Because the DHALO is a special regulation area, a permit is required per the bullet on 33." I guess I dodged the bullet!

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Finally, the Loyalhanna Watershed Association is continuing its Phase II Stream Improvement Project throughout the summer. Partnering with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Western Conservation District, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy with help from John Hardiman Excavating, five areas will be studied and corrections made if necessary to improve the water’s flow and increase and protect the stream banks from erosion.

According to Josh Penatzen, project manager, 15 streams have been, are and will be considered for reconstruction, from Rt. 381 to Two Mile Run Road, five of them this summer. The first was completed in June above the Loyalhanna Creek confluence along Mill Creek. Presently, laborers are working on a combined site, 2400 feet above the Route 711 bridge. Later this month, log and rock structures will also be used to improve the Zimmerman Run stream closer to Rt. 381. The last project in September will take place behind the old Ice Pond that now houses the Ligonier Camp and Conference Center.

LWA’s Youth Conservation Corps is aiding workmen with the project.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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