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Outdoors notebook: Commission looking to expand nursery program

| Sunday, July 7, 2013, 11:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners are looking toward this part of the state for help.

Board members formed a work group to examine the agency's cooperative trout nursery program. Under its guidelines, the commission provides fingerling trout to sportsmen's clubs, which raise them and then stock them in waters open to public fishing. Clubs raise about one million fish annually, or 25 percent of all the adult trout stocked statewide in a year's time.

There are about 160 or so cooperative nurseries. The goal is to grow that by about 6 percent a year, said commissioner Ed Mascharka of Erie County.

The agency may look particularly to the 17 counties across the state — including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland — that don't have any nurseries for help, said commissioner Glade Squires.

Fish stocked

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocked fingerling-sized walleyes in a number of local waters.

In Fayette County, Yough Dam received 113,600, Green Lick Lake 20,000 and Dunlap Creek Lake 1,000. In Cambria County, Glendale Lake got 48,000 and Colver Lake 3,750. Yellow Creek Lake in Indiana County got 21,600, Keystone lake in Armstrong 19,000, Cross Creek Lake in Washington 14,700 and Bridgeport Dam in Westmoreland 2,796. A trio of Somerset County lakes — Somerset, Quemahoning and High Point — got 12,650, 18,000 and 13,550 respectively.

Tourney winners

A team of anglers from Shippensburg University won the FLW Outdoors College Fishing Northern Open tournament on the Potomac River.

Junior Kevin Hollasch and sophomore Hunter Chamberlin boated 13 pounds, 5 ounces of bass to earn a spot in the Northern Conference Invitational later this year. A team from Carnegie Mellon finished 16th, one from La Roche College 21st and one from Slippery Rock 47th.

Dove survey

A random sample of dove hunters across Pennsylvania are being asked to participate in the National Dove Hunter Survey. They'll be asked about their time spent hunting, barriers to hunting, and the potential effects of lead on mourning doves, among other things.

Survey results will be compiled by the end of the year.

New commissioner

The state Senate has confirmed Tim Layton of Windber in Somerset County as the newest member of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board. He'll represent district 4, which includes Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at bfrye@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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