PFBC Busy Stocking
Inside the Outdoors, March 18,

We have arrived at a time when area anglers are starting to think fishing, fingering through their tackle boxes to see what they still need and hopefully thinking about restringing their reels.

I only mention the latter in as much as, it is true, not all fishers will need to do this, but definitely others will have to change their line that has become aged and damaged by the stresses and contaminants that have affected the makeup of the materials.

Going back to one particular incident that vividly stays in my brain matter, I was fishing with a fellow who asked if he could borrow one of my lures as he wanted to fish around some stickups in a pond. Thinking his line was in good shape, I couldn’t see any problem being the good friend I was trying to be.

So, he tied on my yellow spinnerbait and tossed it out to where he hoped a lunker bass might be lurking. Sure enough, that fish came up and grabbed that bait. The next sound I heard was very unpleasant, to say the least. To each fisherman, the word, ‘snap’ has its own sound accompanied by verbal outcries that I can’t write in this column. Just take it from me, they weren’t taught in Sunday school classes, if one gets my gist.

The writing should be on the wall for those who may had similar circumstances occur to them, for as much use as one get out of one’s line, the cost is minimal compared to the amount of usage one is going to utilize with that necessary item.

Do oneself a favor and get one’s line changed. Don’t run into a similar problem that I incurred while thinking I was going to enjoy my day’s fishing trip.

There was a happy note to this story. I returned the next day to catch that fish and get my lure back. The changes of that happening to other anglers are slim. I see it as an act of mercy from my Creator!

In any case, while we anglers are putt sing heather and about, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has been busy stocking area waters this month.

In Westmoreland County, the first water basin which got its fill of rainbow troutwas Donegal Lake, March 3, as did the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Project received a nice batch of trout, specifically browns and rainbows. Two days later, Mar. 5, Loyalhanna Creek from the mouth of Zimmerman Run down to State Route 711 bridge were stocked with browns and rainbows. Then on the other side of the Project, the same species of trout were stocked in the creek all the way down to Monastery Run.

Mar. 15 was the date that saw both Sewickley Creek and Indian Creek get a load of fish, the first receiving brown and rainbow and the second getting brook and brown trout.

On March 21, Lower and Upper Twin Lakes will each receive a shipment of rainbow trout. Two days later, March 23, at Northmoreland Lake, the truck will roll in around 11 a.m. to deliver its stocking of rainbow trout.

One day later, Mar. 24, at 11 a.m., is the time noted for the stocking truck to roll into Keystone State Park to bring rainbows to their new home.

Around noon, helpers and sightseers can expect the stocking truck to roll in to inhabit Mammoth Lake, Mar. 25 with all rainbows.

Brown and rainbow trout will also be stocked in Fourmile Run Mar. 29.

Keep in mind, anyone caught fishing streams before statewide opening day Trout Season in our vicinity, can be assessed a hefty fine, even one’s vehicle conficated if used to transport one to the place where the illegal fishing is taking place. To most people, only through hard work can these possessions be bought, so the fine could be dear. If nothing else, expect to pay $75 for court appearance plus court costs.


Anyone who really enjoys fishing, but has not subscribed to Pennsylvania Angler and Boater, is really missing out on a great magazine. It has improved so much over the years.

I just received the most recent issue, March/April, 2016, last week, which has some super articles in it pertaining to trout season. The editors have chosen to publish a Selected Pennsylvania Angler Article from the April 1950 issue, titled, Three Rules for Trout Fishing by Talbott Denmead.

He tells of three suggestions in his article that one has to follow if he is going to succeed at stream fishing. The first is “Keep out of sight.” That sounds plausible. The second one has a bit more impact – “Keep Further Out of Sight,” and His Third Recommendation? He sums up his story with these words, “Keep Still Further Out of Sight.” I think this guy may have a good point!

- Paul J. Volkmann
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