Deborah Weisberg

Head of Pennsylvania Fish & Boat to call it quits

Harrisburg, Pa. — John Arway will retire in November as executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, ending a 38-year career marked in recent months by conflict with state legislators. “You know when it’s time,” said Arway in announcing his plans July 31. He cited “a variety of factors, both personal and professional,” including spending more time with…

Gizzard shad leading to skinny, small crappies at Lake Wilhelm

A Fish & Boat Commission biologist says shad are wreaking havoc on Lake Wilhelm’s panfish by outcompeting them for forage, while providing larger predators with alternative meals. (Photo courtesy Pa. Fish & Boat Commission)Butler, Pa. — Anglers can blame gizzard shad for an overabundance of skinny crappies and bluegills on Lake Wilhelm in Mercer County. Shad are wreaking havoc on…

On Pennsylvania side, Lake Erie walleye fishing remains strong

Erie, Pa. — Anglers are walloping walleyes on Lake Erie this summer, and the bite should stay strong for years to come. That’s the word from Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission biologist Chuck Murray, who had predicted a record-setting catch-rate based on indicators last year. “Many people are limiting out in just a couple of hours,” Murray said July 16….

Wild pheasant sponsor upbeat about Pennsylvania recovery

A Montour County man is helping seed an effort to restore wild ring-necked pheasants to the Pennsylvania landscape, where they haven’t been seen in about 50 years. As a founding member of Pheasants Forever, Central Susquehanna chapter, Lynn Appelman, 63, of Bloomsburg, has worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other partners on a program that began with the translocation…

Summit puts Pennsylvania wild trout in the spotlight

Harrisburg — Amid warnings about reduced trout production at state hatcheries, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is shining new light on wild trout, by planning to hold its first-ever Wild Trout Summit Aug. 26 at the agency’s regional office in Centre County. The gathering will feature speakers on a range of issues affecting trout, from climate change to natural…

Watch two active bald eagle nests on live webcam

Pittsburgh — It’s lights, camera, action in the bluffs in and around this city, as wildlife watchers gear up for another season of eagle cam. Okay, there are no lights, but viewers can expect to see plenty of action, with new webcams now focused on eagle nests in the city neighborhood of Hays on the Monongahela River and in the…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 16th, 2016

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is performing winter trout stockings at select fisheries across the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com. Boaters are reminded that they are required to wear life jackets when in vessels of 16 feet or less and in all canoes and kayaks from now through April. NORTHWEST REGION Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —Reports on…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 18th, 2016

Trout stockings continued this month at select waters across the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com Anglers fishing streams with natural reproduction of brown and brook trout are urged to avoid disturbing spawning beds. Boaters are reminded that from Nov. 1 through April 30, they are required to wear life jackets in vessels less than 16 feet in length and…

River bass found dead after sizzling bass tournament

  Harrisburg — Following the second hottest Pennsylvania summer in 122 years, some anglers are questioning whether fishing tournaments should have been permitted on the Susquehanna River. Neighboring Maryland this year implemented new conservation rules for bass tournaments on the Potomac River – including those related to the release of fish – spurring thoughts about whether other states should follow…

Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 23rd, 2016

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission fall trout stockings soon will get underway at select fisheries statewide. For a schedule, visit www.fishand boat.com NORTHWEST REGION Lake Erie (Erie County) — Lake water was still very warm as of Sept. 10, and tributaries were low and clear. A few pre-dawn anglers were catching the occasional steelhead at the lake shore, and walleye…

Rehabilitated bald eagle released in Beaver County

By Deborah Weisberg Southwest Correspondent Pittsburgh — It took nearly a year of rehabilitation – including surgery by an out-of-state veterinarian – but a bald eagle with a broken wing has been successfully returned to the wild, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The juvenile raptor was discovered on Aug. 7, 2015, by two maintenance workers at FirstEnergy Corp. in…