HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 8) – Following nearly a decade of poor recruitment due to disease affecting young-of-the-year, the smallmouth bass populations in the Susquehanna and lower Juniata rivers are showing signs of improvement, according to information released today by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
Within 25 Miles
- Mill Creek Park– 0 miles Youngstown OH
- Yellow Creek Park– 5 miles Struthers OH
- Mill Creek Bikeway– 5 miles Canfield OH
- Lake Milton State Park-13 miles Lake Milton, OH
- Berlin Lake– 14 miles Deerfield, OH
- Mosquito Creek Lake– 14 miles Cortland, OH
- Shenango River Lake-14 miles Sharpsville, PA
- West Branch State Park 18 miles Ravenna, OH
- Eagle Creek Nature Preserve 21 miles Garrettsville, OH
- Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park 22 miles Garrettsville, OH
- McConnells Mill State Park 22 miles Portersville, PA
- Guilford Lake State Park 23 miles Hanoverton, OH
- Moraine State Park 23 miles Portersville, PA
- Beaver Creek State Forest 24 miles Lisbon, OH
Within 50 Miles
- Beaver Creek State Park 26 miles Rogers, OH
- Quail Hollow State Park 27 miles Hartville, OH
- Maurice K. Goddard State Park 30 miles Hadley, PA
- Tinkers Creek State Park 31 miles Streetsboro, OH
- Tinkers Creek Nature Preserve 31 miles Streetsboro, OH
- Punderson State Park 33 miles Newbury, OH
- Little Beaver Creek Trail 35 Miles Lisbon, OH
- Pymatuning State Park-OH 36 miles Andover, OH
- Portage Lakes State Park 37 miles Akron, OH
- Brady’s Run County Park 37 miles Beaver Falls, PA
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park 37 miles Peninsula, OH
- Pymatuning State Park-PA 37 miles Linesville, PA
- Charles Mill Lake 38 miles Canton, OH
- Raccoon Creek State Park 42 miles Hookstown, PA
- Erie National Wildlife Refuge 42 miles Cochranton, PA
- Sand Run MetroPark– 44 miles Akron OH
- Bolivar Dam 44 miles Bolivar, OH
- Jefferson Lake State Park 44 miles East Springfield, OH
- Woodcock Creek Lake 46 miles Saegertown, PA
- South Chagrin Reservation 47 miles Solon Ohio
- Hillman State Park 47 miles Burgettstown, PA
- Atwood Lake 47 miles New Philadelphia, OH
- Beach City Lake 48 miles Strasburg, OH
- Dover Dam 48 miles Dover, OH
- Leesville Lake 49 miles Bowerston, OH
- Cleveland Lakefront State Park 49 miles Cleveland, OH
- Oil Creek State Park 49 miles Pleasantville, PA
Within 75 miles
- Headlands Beach State Park 52 miles Painesville, OH
- Point State Park 52 miles Pittsburgh, PA
- Crooked Creek Lake 52 miles Ford City, PA
- Yellow Creek State Forest 53 miles New Philadelphia, OH
- Geneva State Park 53 miles Geneva, OH
- Fernwood State Forest 54 miles Steubenville, OH
- Deep Lock Quarry 54 Miles Akron OH
- Cornplanter State Forest 54 miles Tionesta, PA
- Tionesta Lake 54 miles Tionesta, PA
- Tappan Lake 56 miles Tippecanoe, OH
- Gorge MetroPark 56 Miles Akron OH
- Cook Forest State Park 60 miles Clarington, PA
- Findley State Park 61 miles Wellington, OH
- Mahoning Creek Lake 61 miles Smicksburg, PA
- Clear Creek State Forest 63 miles Sigel, PA
- Clear Creek State Park 63 miles Sigel, PA
- Clendening Lake 63 miles Tippecanoe, OH
- Rocky River Reservation 65 miles Berea, OH
- Mohicanville Dam 65 miles Lakeville, OH
- Loyalhanna Lake 65 miles Saltsburg, PA
- Marienville Ranger District – Allegheny NF 65 miles Marienville, PA
- Piedmont Lake 67 miles Piedmont, OH
- Conemaugh River Lake 67 miles Clarksburg, PA
- Keystone State Park 71 miles New Alexandria, PA
- Mohican State Park 73 miles Loudonville, OH
- Chapman State Park 73 miles Warren, PA
- Yellow Creek State Park 74 miles Brush Valley, PA
- Mohican-Memorial State Forest 74 miles Perrysville, OH
- Pleasant Hill Lake 74 miles Perrysville, OH
Within 100 Miles
- Presque Isle State Park 76 miles Erie, PA
- Barkcamp State Park 76 miles Belmont, OH
- Malabar Farm State Park 76 miles Lucas, OH
- Mohawk Dam 77 miles Warsaw, OH
- North Chagrin Reservation 78 Miles Willoughby Hills OH
- Salt Fork State Park 79 miles Cambridge, OH
- Wills Creek Lake 81 miles Adamsville, OH
- Kinzua Dam And Allegheny Reservoir 82 miles Warren, PA
- Ryerson Station State Park 85 miles Wind Ridge, PA
- Linn Run State Park 86 miles Stahlstown, PA
- Senecaville Lake 87 miles Senecaville, OH
- Long Point on Lake Chautauqua State Park 88 miles Bemus Point, NY
- Allegheny Portage Railroad Ntnl Hist Site 88 miles Johnstown, PA
- Laurel Mountain State Park 88 miles Rector, PA
- Sunfish Creek State Forest 89 miles Clarington, OH
- Forbes State Forest 89 miles Stahlstown, PA
- Laurel Summit State Park 91 miles Somerset, PA
- Kooser State Park 91 miles Somerset, PA
- Laurel Hill State Park 93 miles Rockwood, PA
- Dillon State Park 94 miles Nashport, OH
- Friendship Hill National Historic Site 96 miles Greensboro, PA
- Laurel Ridge State Park 96 miles Confluence, PA
- Wolf Run State Park 97 miles Caldwell, OH
- Fort Necessity National Battlefield. 98 miles Farmington, PA
- Tidioute Overlook 99 miles Tidioute PA
- Hearts Content Recreation Area– Warren PA 100 Miles
- Ohiopyle State Park. 100 miles Ohiopyle, PA
- Blue Rock State Forest 100 miles Blue Rock, OH
How To Use this List:
- I’ve kept State Parks and related State Forests as two lines. This might be cheating, but they usually offer different experiences.
- Each Link goes directly to the appropriate site, not to a directory, wherever possible.
- Scroll down to your favorite area. Look right above it. Have you been here? How about the area right below it?
Harrisburg, PA – Get out your shiny lures and round up your fishing gear. Cabela’s and supporting sponsors announced today Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win millions of dollars in cash and prizes by enjoying one of America’s favorite pastimes – fishing.
Cabela’s is tagging hundreds of fish in selected waters in states that have Cabela’s retail stores – including Pennsylvania – and every one of them is a winner. Among the winning fish, there are grand prize winners that may qualify for additional bonuses based on the winning angler using or wearing sponsors’ products when they catch a tagged fish.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is Cabela’s state partner and will tag fish in selected waters, which will be publicly announced on May 14, the official start of the contest. The contest runs through July 14.
PFBC Executive Director John Arway said the timing of the contest is perfect because it will coincide with the PFBC’s Fish-for-Free Day on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, giving vacationing families more incentive to try fishing.
“The contest creates a fantastic opportunity to promote all the fishing opportunities we have in Pennsylvania to first-time anglers on our Fish-for-Free Day,” he said. “On this day, we will hold special events at many of the selected contest waters. We will have exhibits, fishing instruction and tips, free publications and more.”
“The contest – and in particular the Fish-for-Free Day – promises to be fun and exciting for all levels of anglers,” Arway added. “Now when someone is fishing and feels that tug on their line, they will be thinking ‘Am I reeling in a million dollar prize?’”
Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish. No fishing license is required to fish on these days. All other fishing regulations apply. The second Fish-for-Free Day is Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Winning is as easy as baiting a hook. Go to the PFBC’s website for contest and Fish-for-Free information at: http://fishandboat.com/fishformillions.htm. Anglers need to pre-register and hit their local waters between May 14 and July 14 for their chance at winning a fish worth $2.2 million.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.
- Watch the walleye spawning process including fish sorting, removing/fertilizing eggs.
- See native fish species in the 10,000 gallon viewing tank.
- Learn how to: tell the age of fish; tie knots; tie flies and cast; rig a rod; fillet/cook fish.
- Buy a $3 t-shirt and put a fish print on it.
- Buy your PA fishing license, posters, patches, and books.
- Practice your casting skills in the Kids Casting Area.
- Visit the boating safety tent to stay current on boating regulations.
- Talk to staff from the PFBC and other partner agencies at their booths.
Meadville, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold its annual Open House at the Linesville State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, April 2, from 11a.m. – 3:30 p.m. What to do and see:Watch the walleye spawning process including fish sorting, removing/fertilizing eggs.See native fish species in the 10,000 gallon viewing tank.Learn how to: tell the age of fish; tie knots; tie flies and cast; rig a rod; fillet/cook fish.Buy a $3 t-shirt and put a fish print on it.Buy your PA fishing license, posters, patches, and books.Practice your casting skills in the Kids Casting Area.Visit the boating safety tent to stay current on boating regulations.Talk to staff from the PFBC and other partner agencies at their booths.Shuttle service from the parking areas to the Visitor Center will be provided. There’s something for everyone, so follow the crowd to the hatchery. Directions:Turn off of State Route 6 at the only light in downtown Linesville and go ½ mile to the entrance. The address is 13300 Hartstown Road, Linesville, PA 16424. The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.
Harrisburg, PA – With the opening days of trout season just around the corner, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has created a new media resources web page containing web banners and high resolution photos for graphic artists and reporters to use.
The page – http://www.fishandboat.com/media-resources/trout-opener.htm – provides various sizes of web banners which can be placed easily on web pages to highlight the state’s two opening days. Stock photos are also available for media use, either in stories or as additional images on websites.
April 2 marks opening day for 18 southeastern counties. April 16 is the regular opening day for trout statewide.
For stocking schedules in your area visit: http://pfbc.state.pa.us/pfbc_webgis/TroutStockingDetails.aspx.
For more information on how you can help with a stocking, please visit:http://www.fishandboat.com/stock_help.htm.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website atwww.fishandboat.com.
For the last couple years it’s been a tradition at Christmas to make Hot buttered Rum. This year, we discovered the inky goodness that is Kraken Black Spiced Rum. We’ve refined the recipe and just realized that now’s the perfect time to release the Steelers Black and Gold Hot Buttered Rum recipe to warm you for the PLayoff game and Superbowl:
- 2 Sticks Butter
- 2 cups Brown Sugar
- 1 pt. Golden Vanilla Ice Cream
- Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- Teaspoon Nutmeg
Melt butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar and dissoolve. remove from heat. Add Ice Cream, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until blended. Pur batter into a freezer bag and re-freeze.
To make Black and Gold Hot Buttered Rum:
Take a mug- Pour a shot of Kraken Black spiced rum, add a dollop of Gold batter and fill mug with boiling water. Enjoy
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s only unofficial holiday – the Monday after Thanksgiving, which marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season – will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange and camouflage clothing throughout Penn’s Woods, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.
“Pennsylvania’s deer season has a dramatic and beneficial effect on the Commonwealth, as it provides hunters a chance to put venison in the freezer and stimulates a multi-million dollar economic surge that local businesses rely on,” Roe said. “In addition to being a rich part of our state’s heritage, deer season also is the most important method that the Game Commission has to manage Pennsylvania’s whitetails. The efforts of hunters are far-reaching, and they help to keep deer populations in check and enable the agency to meet deer management goals that benefit almost everyone who resides, visits or travels through this state.”
Roe noted that hunters will need to make sure that they have done their pre-season scouting, as fall food conditions will impact deer movements.
“Deer will respond to food availability and hunter pressure, both of which can vary from year to year, and from one area to another,” Roe said. “Our fall food survey suggests wildlife food abundance is quite variable this year. Some areas have good acorn crops; others have few or no acorns. So, as always, pre-season scouting can improve a hunter’s chance for success this year, particularly in the week leading up to the start of season.”
Deer season will open with a five-day, antlered deer-only season in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2C, 2D, 2E, 2G, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E from Nov. 29-Dec. 3. It is followed immediately in these WMUs by seven days of concurrent, antlered and antlerless deer hunting beginning Dec. 4, and continuing through Dec. 11. The rest of the state follows the two-week concurrent, antlered and antlerless season – Nov. 29-Dec. 11 – that has been in place since 2001.
Hunters must wear 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined at all times while afield during the seasons. They also are advised that it’s illegal to hunt, chase or disturb deer within 150 yards of any occupied building without the occupant’s permission if they are using a firearm, or 50 yards if they are using a bow or crossbow.
During the two-week season, hunters may use any legal sporting arm, as outlined on page 45 of the 2010-11 Digest. Rifles are not permitted to be used in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties. Deer hunters in Philadelphia may only use bows or crossbows.
All hunters who take a deer must fill out their harvest tag and attach it to the deer’s ear before moving the carcass. The tag can be secured to the base of the ear with a string drawn very tightly, if the hunter plans to have the deer mounted. Cutting a slit in the ear to attach the tag will require additional work by a taxidermist.
Roe noted that there is no concurrent bear season during any portion of this year’s deer season.
GAME COMMISSION POSTS FIELD FORECASTS ON WEBSITE
Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officers (WCOs), Land Management Group Supervisors (LMGSs) and foresters spend a considerable amount of time gathering information about wildlife population trends in their districts. With the hunting and trapping seasons in full swing, the Game Commission, once again, is sharing that information – through its website – with those who enjoy Penn’s Woods.
To view these field forecasts offered by Game Commission officers, go to the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on the “Field Officer Forecasts” photo link in the middle of the homepage, then select the region of interest in the map, and choose the WCO district of interest from the map. For LMGS or forester reports, select the link to the LMGS Group or forester link of interest within that region.
“Our field officers and foresters provide wildlife forecasts for small game, furbearers, wild turkey, bear and deer within their respective districts,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “These forecasts are based on sightings field officers have had in the months leading up to the 2010-11 seasons, and some offer comparisons to previous wildlife forecasts. Some WCOs and LMGSs include anecdotal information, as well as hunting and trapping leads in their districts.
“The Game Commission offers this information to hunters and trappers to help them in their pursuits afield. Many WCO, LMGS and forester reports offer information on where to hunt or trap, as well as guidance on where to get more information, particularly for trapping certain furbearers, such as beaver and coyotes.”
Roe noted the Game Commission divides the state’s 67 counties into six regions, and then each region is divided into WCO districts comprised of about 300 square miles each. There are 136 WCO districts statewide. Each of the 29 LMGS groups is comprised of several counties or portions of counties within each region, and seeks to equally distribute the amount of State Game Lands and public access lands within the region. The number of foresters ranges per region, from four to nine.
ONLINE HARVEST REPORTING AVAILABLE FOR DEER HARVESTS
Those participating in this year’s deer seasons will be able to file their harvest reports through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s online system.
To report a deer harvest online, go to the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on “Report Your Harvest” above the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column, check “Harvest Reporting,” scroll down and click on the “Start Here” button at the bottom of the page, choose the method of validating license information, and click on the checkbox for the harvest tag being reported. A series of options will appear for a hunter to report a harvest. After filling in the harvest information, click on the “Continue” button to review the report and then hit the “Submit” button to complete the report. Failing to hit the “Submit” button will result in a harvest report not being completed.
“Hunters may report one or more harvests in a single session,” Roe said. “Responses to all harvest questions are required.”
Roe noted that hunters still have the option to file harvest report postcards, which are included as tear-out sheets in the current digest.
Tips on tagging and reporting deer also are available on the Game Commission’s white-tailed deer section. This information can be accessed by going to the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), clicking on the “White-Tailed Deer” icon in the center of the homepage and then selecting “Tagging and Reporting Your Deer” in the “Deer Hunting” section.
“We certainly are encouraging hunters to use the online reporting system, which will ensure that their harvest is recorded,” Roe said. “Either way, the more important point is that all hunters who harvest a deer report it to the agency.”
HUNTERS REMINDED THAT LICENSES STILL MUST BE DISPLAYED
Hunters and trappers are reminded that they still are required to display their licenses on an outer garment, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.
“The Game Commission is supporting legislation to remove the statutory requirement that licenses be displayed, and thereby allow hunters to place their hunting license in their wallet with other ID,” Roe said. “However, until such time as the General Assembly removes this statutory requirement, hunters and trappers will need to continue to display their licenses.”
HUNTERS CAN CHECK ON TRAFFIC AND ROAD CONDITIONS IN ADVANCE
Hunters can check traffic and road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of roadways by simply calling 511 or logging onto the Department of Transportation’s website (www.511pa.com) before heading out to deer camp this year.
“’511PA’ is Pennsylvania’s official travel information service,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “This service from PennDOT provides travelers with reliable, current traffic and weather information. This site enables hunters to check on the status of road conditions before heading out for camp.”
HUNTERS SHARING THE HARVEST A WORTHY CAUSE
Hunters who are successful in the upcoming deer hunting seasons are encouraged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to consider participating in the state’s Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program, which channels donations of venison to local food banks, soup kitchens and needy families. Pennsylvania’s HSH program is recognized as one of the most successful among similar programs in about 40 states.
“Using a network of local volunteer area coordinators and cooperating meat processors to process and distribute venison donated by hunters, HSH has really helped to make a difference for countless needy families and individuals in our state,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “Pennsylvanians who participate in this extremely beneficial program should be proud of the role they play. HSH truly does make a tremendous difference.”
Started in 1991, HSH has developed into a refined support service for organizations that assist the Commonwealth’s needy. Each year, Hunters Sharing the Harvest helps to deliver almost 200,000 meals to food banks, churches and social services feeding programs for meals provided to needy Pennsylvanians.
“This program is all about the generosity of hunters and their desire to help make a difference,” Roe said. “It’s a program that many hunters have become committed to and enjoy supporting. After all, what is more gratifying than providing needed food to families?”
As part of the program, hunters are encouraged to take a deer to a participating meat processor and identify how much of their deer meat – from an entire deer to several pounds – that is to be donated to HSH. If the hunter is donating an entire deer, they are asked to make a $15 tax-deductible co-pay, and HSH will cover the remaining processing fees. However, a hunter can cover the entire costs of the processing, which is tax deductible as well.
HSH established a statewide toll-free telephone number – 866-474-2141 – which also can answer hunters’ questions about where participating meat processors can be found or other general inquiries about the program.
To learn more about the program and obtain a list of participating meat processors and county coordinators, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on “Hunters Sharing the Harvest” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage, or go to the HSH website (www.sharedeer.org).