Notebook: Commission to announce more trout stockings
When officials at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said they intended to make it easier for anglers to know when they were doing in-season trout stockings this year, they weren't kidding.
In years past, the commission has published the date, time and location of its pre-season stockings. Once the season opened, however, the only information available was the list of waters getting fish and the week they were to get them.
This year, for the first time in almost three decades, the commission is telling anglers the specific day of almost all its in-season stockings, too. Anglers still won't know the exact time when the stocking truck will arrive, but the hope is that the extra day-of information will put more people over more trout.
"The primary intent of announcing the day of in-season stockings is to stimulate trout fishing activity," said commission press secretary Dan Tredinnick. "It makes sense then that the more stockings you announce, the more widespread the interest will be.
"In fact, there are only a few dozens stockings that we have opted to not announce. Those we are holding back on in response to traffic and safety concerns."
Six hundred streams and 123 lakes will get trout as part of the 2005 stocking program, with 4.2 million fish to be released.
The Five-Town Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 20th annual sportsmen's banquet March 11 at the Holiday Inn at 700 W. Main St. in Uniontown.
Doors open for cocktails and raffles at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7:30. There will be raffles and auctions. Tickets are $45 per person or $65 per couple. Sponsor packages are also available.
For tickets, contact Georgette Baker at 724-938-2129 or Bill Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-938-3705.
Twin Lakes Fishing Association is kicking off the year with a trout stocking of both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes near Greensburg.
The club is putting $1,000 worth of fish in -- with half going to each lake -- at 5 p.m. March 4. The trout will average 12 to 16 inches, "with a few bruisers in there," said club spokesman Bob Patricelli. Thirty fish will be tagged for prizes.
Meanwhile, the club will meet at 4:15 p.m. today at the boathouse by the lower lake. All are welcome to attend.
Highland Township Volunteer Fire Department in Elk County is sponsoring a coyote hunt Friday through Sunday.
Registration costs $10, with half of that going to the prize fund. Hunters can sign up at the Russell City store on routes 66/948 in Highland Township.
For information, call 1-877-822-7877 or 1-814-968-4415.
Fly tying clinic
Indiana Angler will host two free fly tying clinics in March, one focusing on early season flies March 5 and another focusing on deer hair flies March 12. Both will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Indiana Angler, 218 Grandview Ave., Indiana.
Refreshments will be served. For details, call 724-463-2011.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 92 in McKeesport will offer a boating safety course from 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 7, 9, 14 and 16 at the Rainbow Fire Hall on Route 48 in White Oak.
To reserve a spot, call 412-896-8536 or 412-233-3475.
Connellsville Sportsmen's Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Up for discussion will be information about the Twi-Night Trap League, the Shamrock Shoot and other items. All members are welcome to attend.