Posted by: Tom K.
July 17, 2013

Tom K.

Acadia National Park: Maine’s One-stop Fishing Spot

Photo Credit: National Park Service Many of us who try to get in as much fishing as possible always run into two primary issues: time and money.  Maine’s Acadia National Park (www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm) could be the answer to that problem. In the park you’ll find freshwater, warm water, and saltwater fishing, all within 47,000 acres. The acreage may sound skimpy compared to other national parks, but this oldest National Park east of the Mississippi is still…

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Posted by: Tom K.
July 9, 2013

Tom K.

Everglades National Park

Photo Credit: National Park Service   For whatever reason it’s easy to think of a national park as being land based.  And at a million and a half acres, it’d be easy to think that the Everglades National Park (www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm) consists of a tremendous amount of land. One of the park’s outstanding attributes is that 1/3 of it, or 500 million acres, is water.  The fact that a tremendous amount of gamefish are in these waters…

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Posted by: Andy
June 18, 2013

Andy

“Propellers Need Not Apply”

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Local Allegheny River angler Joe Stefanacci learned I was new to the area and was kind enough to offer a boat ride.  While our kids were in school one afternoon, I took him up on it. “How many props do you go through each year?” I asked, looking at all the big rocks in the clear river. “None,” he said, grinning. “It’s a jet boat.” When I hear the word “jet,” I think of screaming…

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Posted by: Andy
May 21, 2013

Andy

Memorial Day Weekend!

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The much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. And, if you are not sure where to go boating and fishing, check out our Places to Boat and Fish Map.  Here are a few reminders for enjoying the summer kickoff. 1) Between the power-fishing glitter bass boats, the lounging pontoons boats, the jet skis and kayaks, the boat traffic in some places may seem almost parade-like with a celebration of watercrafts. Be prepared to share the…

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Posted by: Andy
May 7, 2013

Andy

Take Mom Fishing

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Mother’s Day is almost here so many will be thinking about flower bouquets or blooming plants. In fact, the National Public Garden Day is always set for the Friday before Mother’s Day. But have you ever thought of taking “Mom” fishing? Laura Starkey Heflin has fished on Mother’s Day.  She happens to be a professional bass tournament angler. However, not all their time together has been about fishing. She recalls fondly when her son, Jesse,…

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Posted by: Andy
April 23, 2013

Andy

Opening Day Review

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Several hard rains made many larger streams unfishable on Opening Day in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, our original plan to visit a location 75 miles northeast was cancelled. However, my son, Luke, (10) has been dreaming of this day for “1 year, 8 months, and 19 days” so we ventured to a small stream near Emlenton, PA. Power bait, which is like a brightly colored dough ball, had been recommended to us and Luke landed…

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Posted by: Andy
April 16, 2013

Andy

Lake Erie’s Biggie Smallies

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  The Great Lakes are well known for their outstanding fishing.  Some of the species targeted by anglers include walleye, yellow perch, and salmon.  To remember the names of these lakes in geography, some schoolchildren are taught the acronym: HOMES. (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior.)  SHMOE works too, I suppose. Dave Mercer, of Facts of Fishing TV show, has the tough job of fishing all over the country and knows the Great Lakes well. When…

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Posted by: Andy
April 8, 2013

Andy

Opening Day

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Does April 13th mean anything to you? (Besides your taxes being due in two days?) If you are in Pennsylvania, you have this Saturday circled on the calendar as Opening Day of Trout Season. The southeast part of the state opened their season last month, and dates around the country vary, so check your state’s schedule. Over 3 million brook, brown, and rainbow trout have been released in chosen Pennsylvania streams over the last month.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 28, 2013

Tom K.

Spring Migration from Maryland to Maine

After the schoolies arrive the bigger fish will appear.

Our first indication that the striped bass are in the rivers is when the shadbush begins to blossom.  Its namesake, the American and Hickory shad enter the rivers at that time as well, and the bluefish aren’t far behind, either. Keep an eye on your buds, but most likely this is going to occur between March 29 and April 17, beginning after the full moon on March 27 know as the Fish Moon. Warmer water temperatures…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 20, 2013

Tom K.

The Stocking Truck

MassWildlife photographer Bill Byrne.

When I was 13 I had one of my more miserable years fishing.  I was getting hung everywhere I cast, I was always in the right place at the wrong time, and I was catching squat.  Everything about fishing was a royal pain, and as much as I hated how my season was going I was determined to figure things out. One day I was fishing a local trout stream.  I had the Cellar Hole…

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