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2008-08-11 00:00:15

By Bob Frye Tucked into the extreme southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, bounded on two sides by West Virginia, Greene County is a beautiful, but in many ways struggling place. Pastoral, full of wildlife and marked by a sea of green rolling hills, it is also among the poorest counties in the state. Ken Duffala and some others hope to do something about that by capitalizing on the area's natural resources. Duffala, president of the Harry Enstrom Greene County Chapter of the Izaak...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--You needn't be a bushwhacking pioneer to drive from Pittsburgh to Washington. A well-established network of roads and highways will get you there. Likewise, if you want to hike from Laurel Summit State Park to the overlook at Wolf Rocks, there's a blazed trail to follow. But what if you want to float from, say, Apollo to Blairsville? It turns out there's a trail for that, too. The Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail -- which...

2008-07-30 06:00:34

By Ad Crable As trucks thundered across the Route 30 bridge above them, three men in chest waders quietly slipped into the Susquehanna and began jabbing the shoreline water with stunning bolts of electric current. Momentarily dazed, fingerling fish bubbled up and were quickly netted, measured and scrutinized before being released. Mike Kaufmann, the chief fisheries biologist in the southeastern area office of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, has been doing these summertime...

2008-07-27 09:00:23

By Tom Venesky, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 27--KINGSTON TOWNSHIP -- On the surface, the crib-like structures don't look like much -- nothing more than a series of two-by-two hemlock boards nailed together to form a pyramid shape. But below the surface -- underneath the water, the structures called porcupine four-by-four cribs provide crucial habitat for fish on the mostly barren bottom of Frances Slocum Lake. On Thursday, 20 members of the Nanticoke Conservation Club...

2008-07-23 06:00:00

By Ad Crable Only a few years ago, it all seemed so promising. American shad, once a prized spring staple of locals' diet and an economic linchpin up and down the Susquehanna, at last seemed headed for a comeback amid a multi-state and federal restoration plan. Visions of again catching the silvery, forked-tail fish, perhaps frying its tasty roe in butter, danced in anglers' heads. Fish lifts or ladders - costing utilities tens of millions of dollars - were in place on all the...

2008-07-20 03:00:24

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 20--Sometimes you get what you want, even if it's from unexpected sources. That may be what's about to happen with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The agency, thanks to a last-minute addition to the state budget, may get some money to repair a few of the region's most popular fishing holes, including one that was drained a few years ago. Gov. Ed Rendell has identified 24 "high hazard" dams across Pennsylvania. They're...

2008-07-19 06:00:25

By Tom Mitchell, The Leader-Times, Kittanning, Pa. Jul. 19--MANOR -- Their horses won't drink it, and the deer that used to visit a small pond on the farm of Merinda and Joe Wills now quench their thirst somewhere else. All the fish have died. The Wills want to know what the oily substance is that turns their pond water orange and deposits a white scum on the edges every time it rains. Merinda Wills said she has contacted the Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Fish...

2008-06-22 03:00:12

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 22--A program designed to provide saugeye fishing in some Western Pennsylvania lakes is likely coming to an end. A saugeye is a cross between a walleye and sauger. For 20 years in some cases, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has been stocking them in Western Pennsylvania: Colver Reservoir in Cambria County, Crooked Creek Lake in Armstrong, Hemlock Lake in Indiana, Lower Hereford Manor and Raccoon lakes in Beaver, and Cross Creek...

2008-06-16 00:00:10

By Bob Frye Knowing that a lake holds lots of bass is one thing. Being able to catch them is another. If you doubt that, just ask Rick Lorson. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's area 8 fisheries biologist recently surveyed 101-acre Raccoon Lake in Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County. That work revealed a pretty good largemouth bass population. But getting fish -- even ones you know are there -- to hit a lure is no sure thing. "We spent some time fishing before we left,...

2008-06-16 00:00:10

By Bob Frye If Cross Creek Lake were a college basketball team, it would be Kansas at the end of the NCAA Tournament. As in, ranked No. 1. The 244-acre impoundment near Avella in Washington County is, by all accounts, a bass factory. It's warm, relatively deep and full of structure like submerged stumps, other woody debris and floating and underwater vegetation. More than anything, though, it's fertile -- incredibly so, which allows it to support one of the densest populations of...


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