Outdoors notebook: Fall trout stockings begin this week
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will kick off its fall trout stocking program this week, and a number of area waters are scheduled to get fish.
On Oct. 1, section 3 of Buffalo Creek in Armstrong and Butler counties will get rainbow trout, as will Cummings Reservoir in Indiana County, with the stocking truck to be at Nolo on Route 422 at 11 a.m. Harbor Acres Lake in Butler will get brook and brown trout at 11 a.m., with the truck in West Sunbury at the intersection of routes 308 and 138. Indian Lake and Mammoth Dam in Westmoreland will get rainbows at noon, with the truck at Mammoth. Section 3 of Neshannock Creek in Lawrence County will get rainbows at 12:30 p.m., with the truck at the bridge in Volant on Route 208.
On Oct. 2, Laurel Hill Lake and sections 3 and 6 of Laurel Hill Creek in Somerset County will get rainbows, with the truck at the CoGo's on Route 31 in Bakersville at 10 a.m. In Cambria, Lake Rowena and Duman Lake will get rainbows at 10:30 a.m., with the truck at Rowena, off Route 22 west in Ebensburg. Keystone Lake, Northmoreland Lake and section 3 of Loyalhanna Creek in Westmoreland will get rainbows, with the truck at 11:30 a.m. at Keystone's office. In Beaver County, Raccoon Lake will get stocked with rainbows at noon, with the truck at the park office on Route 18. Canonsburg Lake in Washington County will get rainbows at 1:30 p.m., with the truck on the township road that crosses the lake near Route 19.
On Oct. 3, section 6 of Meadow Run and Dunlap Creek Lake in Fayette County will get rainbows at 10:30 a.m., with the truck at the waterslide parking lot on Route 381 in Ohiopyle. Upper and Lower Twin lakes in Westmoreland will be stocked with rainbows at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 3, with the truck at the lower lake. Upper, Middle and Lower Deer lakes, Deer Creek and Pine Creek in Allegheny will get rainbow trout, with the truck at the North Park Lake boathouse at 1 p.m.
On Oct. 4, in Fayette, Virgin Run Lake will be stocked with rainbows and section 2 of Dunbar Creek with brooks and browns at 10:45 a.m., with the truck at Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church on Route 1053. Dutch Fork Lake in Washington will get rainbows at 1:15 p.m., with the truck at the lake, three miles from Claysville off Route 40.
On Oct. 8, section 3 of Chest Creek in Cambria will get rainbows at 10:45 a.m.. The truck will meet anglers at the PennDOT shed just outside of Patton on Route 36. Donegal Lake in Westmoreland will get trout at noon, with the truck at the lake's main parking lot.
The Fish and Boat Commission this month stocked 4,800 fingerling tiger muskies in Loyalhanna Lake in Westmoreland County. The Monongahela River flowing through Fayette, Greene and Washington counties got 3,329, Mahoning Creek Lake in Armstrong got 1,350, Lake Somerset in Somerset got 1,250, Keystone Lake in Westmoreland got 400, and Bridgeport Dam in Westmoreland got 350.
Earlier this summer, the commission stocked 17,698 fingerling tiger muskies in Keystone Lake in Armstrong County.
Dutch Fork Lake in Washington County recently got 4,500 fingerling bluegills.
A white-tailed buck trapped in a well in Allegheny County recently was successfully rescued.
Game Commission wildlife conservation officer Dan Puhala said the deer fell through a rotten piece of wood covering the well's opening in the Wexford area. Marshall Township firefighters were able to open the well enough for Puhala to shoot the deer with a tranquilizer. While the deer was knocked out, crews climbed into the well using ladders, retrieved the deer, treated it for some minor injuries, then allowed it to wander away into nearby woods.