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Fishing report: Lake Erie serves up big lake trout

By Bob Frye
• Pittsburgh’s Ron Milavec and Ken Beuttner report the lake trout are biting at Lake Erie. Fishing out of North East, the pair landed 10 lakers in eight hours of fishing spread over two days, with the largest of the …

Outdoors notebook: Legislation would impact sportsmen

By Bob Frye
Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce a lot of bills in the House of Representatives and Senate each year. Only a relative handful become law. So, take these for what they’re worth. But lawmakers already this year have introduced probably two dozen bills that ...

Outdoor notices: May 25, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Hiking • Forbes State Forest will lead a two-mile hike to Mt. Davis in Somerset County, the highest spot in Pennsylvania, from 6:30-8p.m. Wednesday. Meet at the Mt. Davis picnic area. Preregister by calling 724-259-2201 or emailing rachristie@pa.gov. Boating ...

Impounded portion of Allegheny proving hotspot for muskies

By Bob Frye
The question elicited a chuckle. Jeff Wasson works at Transue’s Bait and Tackle in Kittanning on the Allegheny River. He also is a musky fisherman. Is the ...

Frye: Taking aim at DMAP permits

By Bob Frye
We’ll get ’em next time. That’s not just something your favorite ballclub says when it falls short of winning a pennant. It’s also the way Pennsylvania Game Commissioners are looking at how their deer management assistance program is used. ...

Outdoor notices: May 24, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • Another week of Twi-Night Trap League shooting, another week of lousy weather. Rain hampered shooting Thursday, especially for those competing later in the evening, but those from Ruffsdale fared best, firing a 196 to take first place. …

Fishing report: Trout still plentiful, but other action also beginning

By Bob Frye
• At Yough Dam, one angler caught a northern pike going almost 40 inches and 20 pounds, according to a report from S&S Bait and Tackle in Chalk Hill. Walleyes are also hitting there. • Things are slow on the Ohio ...

Mentored youth hunting program might be working

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — It’s the logical question. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers a mentored youth hunting program, which lets kids younger than 12 try hunting without first having to get a license. Created in 2005, it’s intended to get kids interested in ...

Outdoors notebook: Lake Arthur boat launch revamped

By Bob Frye
Anglers and boaters have better access to Lake Arthur these days. Butler Basscasters, a bass fishing club, partnered with EdgeMarc Energy and the Moraine, McConnells Mill and Jennings Commission, a friends group for three state parks, to renovate the Bear Run ...

Dispersed camping offers way to enjoy outdoors in solitude

By Bob Frye
Crawling out of the tent first thing in the morning, it was all right there: the most beautiful, blissful, peaceful kind of nothing. There were ...

Frye: License sales system debate

By Bob Frye
This is going to be a fight. The state House of Representatives game and fisheries committee held a hearing last week on House Bill 231, which would take away the exclusive right to sell doe licenses from county treasurers. Instead, ...

Outdoor notices: May 17, 2015

By Tribune-Review
Rifle/trap leagues • Twenty-seven of 220 shooters recorded perfect scores at Thursday’s Twi-Night Trap League shoot. Three teams fired 196s to share first place: Ruffsdale, Hecla and Youngwood. Connellsville and East Huntingdon each shots 194s. For the season, Ruffsdale has a commanding ...

Fishing report: Nice weather brings fabulous fishing

By Bob Frye
• The fishing has been fantastic on Yough Dam, according to Scott Gates of S&S Bait and Tackle in Chalk Hill. A walleye tournament last weekend produced lots of fish averaging three pounds, with most caught by people jigging, ...

Hunter looking to resurrect triple trophy program

By Bob Frye
There was a time when Josh Joswiak would have been officially rewarded. That day might be returning. Last fall, Joswiak shot a 173-pound bear on a ...

Outdoors notebook: Turkey Federation money will benefit wildlife

By Bob Frye
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is set for another good year. Its 86 local chapters and 13,000-plus members raised $194,000 that will be used to fund 85 habitat improvement projects on public and private lands statewide this ...

Outdoor notices: May 11, 2015

By Bob Frye
Hiking • Point State Park in Pittsburgh will host a tree identification walk from 6-8 p.m. May 20. Guides from Tree Pittsburgh will teach participants how to identify various species by examining their buds, bark and leaves. Cost is ...

Trout issues highlight management debate for Fish and Boat Commission

By Bob Frye
They’re the white-tailed deer of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s world. Trout, that is. They typically generate more discussion than any other species when agency ...

Frye: Leave young wildlife alone

By Bob Frye
It’s springtime in Pennsylvania. The stench says so. I’ve made a couple of trips to Morgantown, W.Va., recently. I’ve also traversed the state to Wilkes-Barre for a Fish and Boat Commission meeting and made some smaller trips. I usually travel ...

Outdoor notices: May 10, 2015

By Bob Frye
Rifle/trap leagues • With good weather finally in play, 212 shooters turned out for the weekly Twi-Night Trap League shoot. Twenty-three recorded perfect scores. Hecla and Ruffsdale each fired 199s. Connellsville shot 197, East Huntingdon 194 and Youngwood 193. For ...

Fishing report: Stocked trout still plentiful; panfish action starting

By Bob Frye
• Fishing is picking up on the Monongahela River, even though the water remains high. Anglers are getting sheepshead and smallmouth bass, largely in the Allenport area. • Crappies and bluegills are biting at Wilmore Dam, with some of the ...