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Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 10:44 p.m.

If you've got a youngster interested in fly fishing and conservation, this might be the event for them.

The 19th annual Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp is set for June 12-21 at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County. The camp is accepting applications through March 31.

Students learn about ecology, aquatic biology, geology, hydrogeology, erosion and sedimentation control, ichthyology, riparian corridor protection, watershed management, entomology and more. They participate in a stream habitat improvement project and get to fish. Nationally known instructors teach fly casting, fly tying, stream etiquette and how to “read” the water.

The camp is limited to 32 students ages 14 to 17. Application details are available at, at the camp's Facebook page and by writing Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp, P.O. Box 71, Boiling Springs, Pa. 17007.

Asian carp

Invasive Asian carp haven't been found in Lake Erie. But evidence of them has been.

“Environmental DNA” of silver carp was found in water samples taken from western Lake Erie's Maumee Bay and the Maumee River this summer. Similar eDNA evidence was found in Maumee and Sandusky bays in 2011.

Researchers say eDNA analysis can detect Asian carp at low densities. It does not reveal whether the DNA came from live or dead fish, or from other sources such as bilge water, storm sewers or fish-eating birds.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission, which includes representation from Pennsylvania, wants to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Record musky

It's been nearly 90 years since Pennsylvania has had a state record musky. Michigan has its second in three years.

Michigan's record musky had been a 50 12 -pound, 56.13-inch fish caught in 2009. That was bested in October. Angler Joseph Seeberger was fishing for bass with a minnow when he landed a 58-pound, 59-inch musky.

Pennsylvania's record musky is a 54-pound, 3-ounce fish caught in 1924.

New website

If you're planning a visit to Pennsylvania's big woods any time soon, the redesigned website features details on the attractions in the 12 counties that make up the so-called “Wilds.”

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-838-5148.

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