Outdoors notebook: Pair of youth-oriented events slated
A couple of events aimed at getting kids outdoors are fast approaching:
• The fifth annual Youth and Outdoor Show is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4 at Keystone State Park in New Alexandria. Sponsored by the park, its Friends group, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation, Westmoreland County Sportsmen's League and Pennsylvania Game Commission, the show is free, including lunch. Youngsters will be able to learn about boating, orienteering, tree identification, rock climbing, fishing and hunting. There will be a field-dogs demonstration and archery and BB gun shooting too with awards and prizes. For information, call Keystone State Park at 724-668-2939.
• On May 10, Allison Park Sportsmen's Club will hold its annual Dan Wagner Memorial Kid's Fishing Day. It will run from noon to 4 p.m. at Rochester Grove in North Park. Children can register between noon and 1 p.m. and check fish in to be measured until 4 p.m.
There will be hot dogs and drinks for children and adults, and kids ages 2 to 12 who catch a fish will get a prize. Door prizes will be awarded to young anglers. For information, contact Rich Simmen at 412-487-2873, Joe Landefeld at 412-487-3150, Sam Bacco at 412-372-6826 or Frank Zurawka at 412-782-2316.
There should be plenty of trout swimming in the Yough River. West Newton Sportsmen's Association was unable to stock the Yough on April 5 because of high water. The good news is that the club did a double stocking on April 11. That was $4,000 worth of fish, including large rainbows, browns and palominos.
Likewise, Smithton Sportsmen and Conservation Association had to cancel its April 5 stocking, but it put 802 trout — including rainbows and browns between 12 and 14 inches, 30 palominos and 10 bigger trout between 16 and 20 inches — in the river April 9. It did another stocking April 12.
The application deadline for kids interested in attending one of three field schools focused on the outdoors has been extended to April 30.
The Wildlife Leadership Academy is seeking students ages 14 to 17 to participate in week-long schools focusing on white-tailed deer, brook trout and ruffed grouse. Applications can be found at www.PICEweb.org.
Anglers will be allowed as many walleyes and yellow perch on Lake Erie this year as last.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officials announced the 2014 creel limit for perch will remain at 30 per day and the creel limit for walleye will stay at six per day.
Populations of both species remain stable in the lake, said commission biologist Chuck Murray.