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Kiski River fishing tournament scheduled for Sept. 27

| Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003

You don't hear much about the fishing opportunities on one of the Alle-Kiski Valley's fishing hotspots -- the Kiskiminetas River.

But a lot of people will be seeing how good the fishing is when they participate in the Kiski River Fishing Tournament sponsored by the Roaring River Watershed Association.

The tournament will take place rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 along along the Roaring Run Trail in Armstrong County.

Registration begins at 7:30 p.m.

The tournament will take place along a 3 1/2-mile section of the river, with wading or bank fishing permitted. No boats will be allowed in the competition.

Fishing will be catch and release only, and tournament officials will measure and record each fish caught.

It is recommended that you carry a bucket or stringer to keep fish alive until an official comes to measure and record each fish. A bucket is recommended over the use of a stringer for keeping fish alive.

The 'Kiski' River is known for its smallmouth bass, panfish, perch, catfish, carp, freshwater drum and other species.

The river has a reputation for being one of the most improved waterways in the state.

The Roaring Run Watershed Association will provide a free shuttle service to anglers who prefer not to walk long distances to their fishing spot. Bicycles also will be permitted for anglers wanting to travel along the river's edge to fishing locations.

Prizes will total $600 for the winners of the competition. Prizes will be awarded in two categories -- biggest fish caught and the number of any species caught. Other special prizes also will be presented to some lucky anglers. Prizes will be awarded at 6:30 at the pavilion.

Food and soft drinks will be available at the event, and no alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Contact: Rob, 724-478-1233, or the Roaring Run Watershed Association office, 724-478-3366.

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