Big Trout Stocked at Twin Lakes
Inside the Outdoors, October
26, 2012

Upper and Lower Twin Lakes were recently stocked by the Twin Lakes Fishing Association with 300 to 400 rainbow trout, averaging three and one-quarter pounds apiece.

According to Lloyd Ohler, treasurer, each fish was 14 inches and up, 20 of them tagged with prize possibilities, 10 for the upper lake and 10 for the lower lake, all to the tune of $1500 in total cost. The fish were procured from Angelo Trout Farm in Normalville.

In order to fish for them, anglers must be members of the TLFA. Cost for adults is $10 each, 16 and up while $5.00 is charged to youth, eight to 15. Youngsters under eight can fish for these lunkers, but they have to be accompanied by a member. Once a person applies for membership and pays up, a badge is given to him to display while fishing. This year, it is gold in as much as the organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Ohler stated that the TLFA had stocked the lakes earlier with tagged trout, and there are still 32 fish unaccounted for that either haven’t been caught or reported to the personnel at the concession stand.

TLFA meets the third Sunday of each month. For more information, one may reach Ohler at the Twin Lakes Concession Stand by calling: 724-832-7735.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission have also stocked nice-sized brown trout averaging around 12 inches. If one plays his cards right, they are an easy catch.

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Recently, The Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition, an organization of local conservation group leaders, got together to review lands impacted by Marsellus Shale.

The program was organized by Olga Herbert, Director of the Lincoln Heritage Corridor, and for the LHCC. This was the first meeting that focused on land-disturbance issues. Prior meetings focused on hydrofracking water issues.

A number of featured speakers were present. One included a mapping ecologist from the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C. Dr. Terry Sonecker reported on the effects of land disturbance in Pennsylvania’s Washington and Bradford Counties attributed to natural gas drilling, and announced a similar report is being prepared on Westmoreland County.

His satellite photos document how MS pipelines, access road, compressor stations, rock quarries and other construction sites disturb many more acres of land than well pads themselves. More acres of farmland have disappeared than have been saved by farmers kept in business by gas leases.

Monty Murty, president of Forbes Trail Trout Unlimited, stated that the USGS reports on western shale land development warn, “our forests will not regenerate their former species of trees, and our open spaces and watershed will be fragmented, reducing their ability to support traditional wildlife, particularly deer, game birds and trout,” he said.

Bradford County Conservation District Manager Mike Lovegreen also was a featured speaker. “He warned that municipalities think they have ducked dealing with zoning and MS permitting will soon or later discover they have become responsible for road maintenance and public services not in their budgets such as schools and law enforcement. Municipalities don’t get direct MS tax revenue, so property owners are getting tax hikes, Murty said. “While shale deposits may not play out for decades, newer, cheaper to drill deposits can den development in any community overnight. This year’s new gas boom in North Dakota reduced Bradford County drilling rigs from hundreds to ten.” Murty went on to add, “Lovegreen reminded the group that energy development has a Boom-and-Bust cycle. Bradford has been warned by western states that 80% of communities impacted by shale gas development are worse off in the end.”

In conclusion, following these new sobering new reports, the attendees learned the latest Pennsylvania rules and regulations on land disturbances, presented by Environmental Program Manager for the stated Department of Environmental Protection, and how to file a petition to declare a watershed unsuitable for mining, by Bev Braverman of the Mountain Watershed Association. The proceedings ended with a panel discussion on how land-use permit applications are handled in the four Laurel Highland counties.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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