With the July 4 holiday upcoming, would-be anglers have an opportunity to fish for free that day as part of the PA Fish & Boat Commission’s second Fish-for-Free Day.
And if those anglers are really lucky and fish at the right place at the right time, they may latch onto one of Cabela’s Fish for Millions contest fish that they are sponsoring along with the PF&BC.
To date, the PF&BC reports some of the winners of the contest that ends on July 7. Of the tagged species they caught, there was a prize-winning brown trout, crappie, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye. The mix have been caught at the Elmsworth Pool on the Ohio and Allegheny rivers, Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Keystone Lake, Lake Arthur, Lake Wallenpaupack, Pinchot Lake, Pine Creek and Presque Isle Bay.
The PF&BC reported the top winning anglers thus far are Raymond Biddle Jr., of Jefferson Hills, PA, Wayne Ziegler of Butler, PA, George McGrady, Carnegie, PA and Doug Antil, of Titusville, PA. McGrady and Antil each have won an Ultimate Fishing Gear Package from Cabela’s and worth $2,500 while Ziegler won a $5,000 Cabela’s Shopping Spree and Biddle won a $60,000 Ranger bass boat.
Raymond Biddle, 48, says the PF&BC, caught his winning largemouth bass on Keystone Lake in Keystone State Park. Starting out as a shore angler in 2007, he then progressed into being a boat angler making regular fishing trips to Keystone State Park. Biddle managed to catch his tagged fish when his wife wanted to go camping and try out a new camper they purchased. When he caught the fish and realized what it was, he began shaking, was shocked and amazed.
Before catching this fish he knew that finding any of the tagged fish was like “finding an needle in a haystack.” But he did and he also fishes the Monongahela River on occasion.
When asked what he plans to do during the July 4th holiday, he responded that he’ll be camping with family and friends at Keystone Lake and plans to take advantage of the Fish-for-Free Day by introducing others to what he knows is a rewarding experience on multiple levels.
Unfortunately, the PF&BC didn’t’ provide details on the winners’ catch. It would have been nice to know the size of the bass, what it was caught on and at what depth, and the others as well. Without that, here’s a reminder as to where a tagged fish can still be caught before next Sunday’s July 7 contest end:
* Blue Marsh Lake, Berks County
* Emsworth Pool, Monongehela River, Mile 0-11, Allegheny Co.
* Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Centre County
* Gifford Pinchot Lake, York County
* Keystone Lake, Westmoreland County
* Lackawanna Lake, Lackawanna County
* Lake Arthur. Butler County
* Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County
* Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike-Wayne counties
* Pine Creek, Potter/Tioga/Lycoming/Clinton counties
* Presque Isle Bay, Erie County
* Raystown Lake, Huntington County
Not having visited many of the aforementioned waters, it appears all are large, not small bodies of water, which makes fishing for the winning fish that much tougher.
LEHIGH VALLEY HUNTING/FISHING EXTRAVAGANZA
It won’t be long before the Lehigh Valley H&F Extravaganza opens for its 8th annual run. The event kicks off August 23-25 at the Kempton Fairgrounds. It’s the only true outdoors show in that many of the exhibits and events are held outdoors.
This year there will be a 50 target Sporting Clays course along with black powder shooting and a trap shoot. Along with this is outdoor trout fishing for youngsters in a portion of the stream that runs through the fairgrounds property. It’s not a swimming pool event as has been evident at indoor shows.
The show will also give away a free Remington 870 Youth Shotgun for kids 16 and under.
The shows co-directors Bob Danenhower (610-398-7609) and Rick Weaknecht (610-693-7405) are open to suggestions as to what show-goers would like to see different at this years show. And if anyone would like to do a primitive or military encampment, notify one of the directors and your ideas and commitments would be appreciated.
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