June 16, 2008

Charleroi Woman Claims Conservation Honor

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jun. 16--A Charleroi woman earned a national conservation honor.

Kathy Davis, who also happens to be seeking Roxane Palone's soon-to-be-open seat on the Pennsylvania Game Commission board, was honored as one of Field & Stream's Heroes of Conservation for June.

Since leaving the service, the retired disabled veteran has volunteered with the Department of Environmental Protection, monitoring water quality in local streams and teaching others to do the same. She also volunteers with the Game and Fish and Boat commissions and works to introduce youths and senior citizens to the outdoors.

Being named a Hero of Conservation earned Davis at least a $1,000 award and a trip to New York. Six of the magazine's 30 heroes for 2008 will make the trip, and one will win a Toyota Tundra and $5,000.

Davis was nominated for the award by a Department of Environmental Protection employee.

"It was a big honor," Davis said. "It was a big thrill."

Pymatuning project

Pymatuning Lake's fisheries got a little help last week.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Division of Wildlife and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission collaborated on a habitat introduction project there. It once again was the largest habitat project of the year for each agency.

Volunteers from the Pymatuning Lake Association, North Shore Boat Club and Allegheny College helped place wooden cribs east of Tuttle Point on the north end of the lake and 40 tons of rock reefs just north of Bay 41.

According to Ohio fisheries biologist Matt Wolfe, a Western Pennsylvania native, the wooden cribs will hold largemouth bass, crappie and sunfish, while the rock reefs are ideal locations for perch, walleye and smallmouth bass.

The sites of the structures were marked with a GPS unit.

Anglers who would like to obtain the locations of the structures can contact Ohio's contact Wildlife District Three at 330-644-2293.

Big fish

An afternoon of fishing for hybrid striped bass included a real surprise for Christian Watts of Gibsonia.

Watts and his son were trolling for stripers June 1 at Lake Arthur when he thought his lure got hung up on the bottom. He stopped the boat to get free, then realized something was pulling at the line.

Watts reeled the fish in, and it turned out to be a 52-inch musky.

"I chose to release it so it could be caught another day," Watts said. "I knew there was no way I could take it to get an official weight and have it live," Watts said. "At least I got the pictures."


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