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Sunday, February 25th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Bob Frye

Try ice fishing Lake Jean, Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania

If Ricketts Glen State Park was Las Vegas, the Glens Natural Area would be its headliner.
A National Natural Landmark, the Glens is home to 22 named waterfalls, the largest being 94-foot-tall Ganoga Falls. Crowds of people visit, especially on weekends, to hike past all that tumbling water. But no one goes to Vegas just for the headliners, and no one – no anglers, anyway – should go to Ricketts Glen just to hike.

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Chapman State Park in Pennsylvania’s Warren County is a hunting and fishing oasis

Chapman State Park in Warren County is hardly big at 862 acres. It seems all the smaller for being surrounded on all sides by much larger chunks of public land, including the 514,000-plus acres of Allegheny National Forest and state game lands.
Still, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources defines it as an “oasis of recreational facilities in a vast area of wilderness.” And rightly so. It is, indeed, a great base camp – literally at some times of year – for hunting and fishing the surrounding region.

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Pennsylvania’s Weiser State Forest good deer hunting destination

If your idea of public forests is tens of thousands, or maybe even hundreds of thousands, or unbroken acres, this isn’t that.
Though not the smallest state forest in Pennsylvania, Weiser State Forest is far from being the biggest either. It takes in about 30,000 acres in what’s considered the “ridge and valley” region of eastern Pennsylvania.

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Fall fishing, hunting options aplenty at Francis E. Walter Reservoir in Pennsylvania

The fishing at Francis E. Walter Reservoir is not necessarily easy. But it can be deceptively good.
Located in Pennsylvania’s Luzerne and Carbon counties, the 80-acre lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. Completed in 1961 and originally called Bear Creek Dam – it was renamed for a U.S. Congressman two years later upon his death – it serves to limit flooding of the Lehigh River, particularly around Allentown and Bethlehem. Like all Corps projects, though, it has a dual purpose of offering recreation.

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Pennsylvania’s Tobyhanna Lake offers good fishing for many species

Tobyhanna Lake was once best known for its ice. Entrepreneurs cut it out in great blocks in winter, stored it in barns and, across the coming year, sold it to railroads looking to refrigerate fresh meat and produce bound for East Coast cities.
That industry is gone now, of course. Instead, there’s a different reason to visit Tobyhanna Lake, one that’s surely a lot more fun than working by hand outdoors in the coldest months of the year. That’s to fish.

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