Trout Photo Contest Winners

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Ken Buettner of Pittsburgh released this 34-inch, 16 ½-pound lake trout on Lake Erie while trolling in 56-64 feet on “the mountain” out of North East, Erie County.
"It's the biggest fish I've ever caught," said Buettner.

Photo by Ron Milavec



Brian McCaslin of Piitsburgh took this 19-inch, 4-pound brook trout on Salmon Creek, April 20. 




April 18, Tim Hill of Homestead caught this 18-inch golden rainbow at Pine Creek in North Park.

20-inch golden rainbow

21-inch rainbow trout

18-inch golden rainbow

All caught within a few hours hours on April 18 by James Swearingen of McKees Rocks at Standing Stone Creek, Huntingdon County, using eggs.


Another golden rainbow caught by Swearingen, April 22 on Montour Run using eggs. 



J.J. Martin of West Elizabeth caught a 24-inch, 3-pound brook trout at a private pond in Butler County.



Benjamin Saks of Garfield with a nice brown.




T.J. Zarewicz, Ross
On Jan. 31, I caught a brown trout in Pine Creek near Etna. The fish measured about 13 inches and was taken on a purple Wooly Bugger. Pine Creek stays high and cold enough to sustain hold-over trout from spring through summer and into the winter. It has been this way for years. We need to preserve this stream.


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May 15 on the Youghiogheny River, Post-Gazette outdoors editor John Hayes released six rainbows taken on nymphs and one brown trout that took a dry fly during a Wilderness Voyageurs raft trip guided by Ryan McCauley.
Photos by Ryan McCauley



Zach Dixon of Edgewood caught this 6-pound rainbow trout at Yellow Creek on May 3.




Scott Kozelnik, Ross
2 rainbow trout and 1 brown trout
Pine Creek, Wildwood Road, North Hills
6:30 a.m. May 9, floating nightcrawlers into the log jams and deep pools.



Stacey Smith of Bolivar caught this 19 ¾-inch, 5-pound brook trout April 25 on Kinzua Creek, McKean County. It was caught on a salmon egg while fishing with her husband. 
Photo by Shawn Smith





Chad Calabria of Churchill landed his first trout in the tailwaters of the George B. Stevenson Dam on Sinnemahoning Creek in Sinnemahoning State Park, Cameron County.  




On April 18, Noah Shaw, 3, of Central City, Pa., caught his first fish, a nice brook trout, at Shaffers Run, Somerset County.
"I threw him back in the water," said Noah. "I didn't want them to eat him."
Photo by Amanda Shaw.



Brothers Logan Karavlan, 7, and Ronan Karavlan, 5, of McCandless caught this 13-inch rainbow trout while participating in the Mentored Youth Trout Days at North Park Lake, April 11.
Photo by Scott Karavlan


My Story of Fish
by Gianna Zickgraf
On Sun., April 19, my best friend Frank took me fishing under the bridge at Big Sewickley Creek in Economy Borough. I started with my Dora the Explorer rod and I decided to try my spincast rod. I tried corn rather than worms. As I threw it in I got a bite. Then Frank told me to lift up my rod, so I did.

Then I saw the rainbow trout. I thought it was just a stick but it was not just a stick -- the trout was following the stick. I pulled it in and it was a fish flopping on the ground. Then Frank cut the hook out of Flippy’s mouth (that’s what I named him). Flippy was bleeding. Frank threw him back in the water with some string in his mouth and tied it to a rock. Then I got two more trout. I named them Ariel and Flounder. I gave the trout to my Nunnie and Nannu for them to eat.




Riley Stephans caught this nice brown trout at Turtle Creek with the guidance of her grandfather, Greg Stephans.


13-inch golden rainbow trout caught at 12:10 p.m. April 18 by Tony and Leo Sicilia on Montour Run at Forest Groove Sportsmen's Club using a white Trout Magnet. 


Silas Sherbondy, 5, of Crescent with a rainbow trout caught at 10 a.m. April 18 at Montour Run. This is Silas' second season of trout fishing. We woke early and got to the stream before 8 a.m. Silas was looking for a giant golden rainbow. Suited up in his Oakiwear chest waders and vest, and fishing with his Ugly Stick rod and Pflueger reel, he was ready for a fight. We tried several spots, Silas persisted and eventually he hooked into this big guy. So proud of my son!
Photo by Jeremy Sherbondy

Adrian Jerabek, 4, of Robinson.

Kelly and Adrian Jerabek with a 25-inch rainbow.


Noelle Jerabek, 2, and Adrian Jerabek, 4. All fish caught April 18 at Traverse Run, Raccoon Creek State Park.

Last year, I submitted a picture of Adrian with his first trout. He ended up winning in the Kids Stuff category and was interviewed for the story.
As funny as it sounds, when we got to the stream this year he turned to me and asked, "Daddy, do you think I will catch a fish and be in the newspaper again?" I told him that being in the newspaper is great, but it's not going to happen every time.




Joseph Kamenicky, 7, of Gibsonia seems proud of every inch of the 22-inch rainbow trout he caught at Turtle Creek.



Kolby Schooley, 5, of Slippery Rock, Butler County, caught this one on opening day at Slippery Rock Creek.
Photo by Marisa Guriel



Lily Pierrard, 5, of Bridgeville was fishing at Millers Run with her Poppy and sister Grace when she caught her first fish, a brown trout.
Photo by Ryan Pierrand 




“It’s a fish, dad!”
On opening day at the Kid’s Only section of Little Pine Creek in Shaler, Aaron Shane, 6, of Cranberry pulled out a nice rainbow. Dad Christian Shane said he thought it was a snag until Aaron's shout convinced him. The line broke as they were netting him. Really great day on the water for the family.



Noah Troxell, 4, of Clearfield, Pa., caught this 11 ¾-inch brown trout in Little Clearfield Creek near Millport. It was the first trout he caught all by himself.
Photo by Joel Troxell



On May 14, Jake Schreyer, 5, of Washington, Pa. caught his limit of rainbow trout at Dutch Fork Lake in Claysville, Pa. 
“I started Jake fishing last year and he loves it,” said Pappy Barry Johnson of Washington. “We have been trout fishing this year more than 10 times and have made a lot of great memories. Jake loves to use rainbow paste bait.”



Alicia MacDonald, 4 1/2, of Franklin Park reeled in her limit of five rainbow trout with just a little help from her grandfather, Joe Crupie. She put the bait on and cast the line, but needed help setting the hook when she got a bite. Her brother, Anthony MacDonald, 9, of Franklin Park also caught five rainbow trout that day. A great day of fishing and memorable time spent with my grandkids at Laurel Hill State Park, April 25.
Photo by Joe Crupie.



T.J. Filus, 14, of Jeannette caught this trout -- his first taken on a fly rod -- May 2 on Sandy Creek, Mercer County, with a little help from his Pap Pap, John G. Hayes of Harrison City.


On his first fishing trip, April 28 at Canonsburg Lake, Bentley Poorman, 2, of North Strabane waited only five minutes before catching this 12-inch rainbow trout, with a little help from his dad.
Photo by Christine Poorman


Nate Crum, 15, of McDonald with a brown trout caught on the Gardiner River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, using a Chernobyl fly pattern.
Photo by Jeff Crum 



(Top photo) Jacob Currie, 13, of Plum caught this 14-inch brown trout April 18 at Bull Creek in Fawn Township, Allegheny County. It was caught using butter worms while fishing with his dad, Jeff Currie.

(Bottom photo) Jacob holding his dad’s April 18 catch on the same waters – browns and rainbows from 10-14 inches caught on butter worms, nightcrawlers, wax worms and maggots.
Photos by Jeff Currie




On the April 11 Mentored Youth Fishing Day, Ben Rush, 10 of Upper St. Clair caught his first trout, a 15-inch rainbow that took a paste bait at Canonsburg Lake. 





Photo by Greg Reynolds, Penn Township.

A gnarly old wild male brook trout caught on a fly and quickly released at a Westmoreland County tributary, Oct. 25, 2014. 
"I go for other reasons other than the fish," said Reynolds. "I like the surroundings. ... The fish are probably a small percentage of what I photograph."








More photos by Greg Reynolds.

Photo 3 is a wild brown trout caught on a No. 18 Blue-wing Olive in the canyon section of Spring Creek, Centre County, on Oct. 11, 2014.

Photo 4 is a 7-inch wild tiger trout released May 9 on a tiny Laurel Highlands brook trout headwater in Fayette County. A tiger is a sterile cross of a brown and brook trout.  

"It's the first hybrid I've caught in 35 years of fishing Pennsylvania, and I was shocked as there were no wild browns present," said Reynolds. "However, the main branch is an approved trout water stocked far downstream with browns and rainbows, which had to be the source of the brown trout parent.

"It was really aggressive. Although spooked from a shallow tail-out, it still took a dry fly cast to the head of the pool. A wild brook trout or brown would have never done that."



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Reader Deer Photos, 1/8 update

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Mt. Lebanon deer: Click here, here and here for story and case law establishing that state hunting laws supersede municipal firearm discharge ordinances.

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Ed Decker of Ross shot this 7-point on Dec. 8 2014 in Sewickley Heights.



Greg Traynor of Canonsburg.
 harvested this great 8-point with my crossbow and adaptive hunting setup. The guys from Whitetail Handicapped Hunting and Associates took me out in Allegheny County. I shot it with my Tenpoint Maverick at 25 yards. 


On Oct. 25, 2014 Brayden Young, 12, of McKees Rocks shot his first deer in Robinson. He shot the doe during the special junior-only hunt.

Zachary Abel, 15, of Franklin Park bagged an 8-point in Marshall on Nov. 4, 2014. The previous year he killed a 425-pound bear


Cody Lubic, 11, of Wexford with his deer shot on opening day 2014. He has taken a deer each of the last three years. Last year's 5-point is mounted in his bedroom.


Jason Huber of Gibsonia took this 8-point with a 7mm near Marienville, Pa.

On Dec. 8, 2014, while hunting with her grandfather in Washington County, Anamarie Martinez, 13, of Baldwin surprised her family by shooting an 8-point buck. This is Anamarie's first year of hunting.





Steve Vamossy of South Park shot this nice 8-point Dec. 1, opening day of the statewide rifle deer season, while hunting near Tidioute, Warren County. As his son helped drag the deer out of the woods, a 6-point ran straight towards them and his son shot it.



Caleb Norman, 14, of New Brighton took this 8-point whitetail near Clarion on Dec. 6, 2014.




At 10:45 a.m. on the opening day of firearm deer season, Eric Clark of West Deer was high in a tree stand in Warren County.

“I hear noise to my right, I look and two bucks are running right at me about 40 yards out,” he said. “I took my shot at about 15 yards. I wasn’t losing this one, so I took two more shots and he went down right away.”
The fine 11-point, his first deer, was taken with a Savage .30-06 bolt action and Remington 165-grain Core-lokt shells.





Justin Vasil, 17, of Allison Park, shot his first buck, an 8-point, Dec. 1 near Tionesta, Forest County. It was his first deer in three years of hunting.




Cousins Jackson Wetzel (left) of Seven Fields, and Nicholas Wetzel (right) of Greensburg, both 10 years old, each bagged their second bucks with one shot on the first morning of the 2014 deer season. They hunted with Grandpa Merle Wetzel, their fathers Matt Wetzel and Bradley Wetzel, and cousins Denny, Dan, Doug and Logan Wetzel on the family's property near Parker, Pa.




Naythan Krutules, 11, killed his first deer during the Oct. 23 youth hunt. He had hunted in the mentored youth program for three years.  










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Bear in the bird seed

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Please don't feed the bears. That includes leaving bird seeds where bears can get to them.


for video of a black bear that found food in a backyard in Farmington, Fayette County.

Black bears can learn quickly that human habitation means easy-to-get food. That often leads to negative human-bear contact, and bears that learn to not fear humans are often killed by hunters.

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The Changing Face of Fishing

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                                                  Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

The Virginia-based nonprofit Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation — the folks behind the national “Take Me Fishing” campaign — tap into the cultural demographics of angling in a new study, the “2014 Special Report on Fishing.”

Among its findings:
- 83.7 percent of current anglers fished as children ages 12 or younger.
- 14 percent of Hispanics living in the U.S. participate in fishing.
- The worst thing about fishing is baiting the hooks or taking the fish off the hook:
   Males 5.5 percent, Females 29.7 percent.

Read the story on the outdoors page in Sports.

Click here to link to the full report.



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Hunter-Trapper safety courses, July 18 update

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From Pennsylvania Game Commission
Compiled by Anna Buttgereit


By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete a Hunter-Trapper Education course before they can buy a license. A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America, is awarded at the end of a course. The training consists of two parts; online independent study and classroom training. Prior to attending a class, you must complete online independent study which will take approximately four hours. The classroom training sessions last six hours and you are required to pass a certification exam at the end of the class.

To register online for classes and to access the training log, go to and click on the Hunter-Trapper Education Classes link. Current scheduled classes are below.

Students must be at least 11 years old to attend this class.

Allegheny County

July 19 Bullcreek Rod and Gun Club, 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Limit 40. 412-767-4780.

July 26 Springdale District Sportsmen’s Assn., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 45.

Aug. 16 McKeesport Sportsman Association, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 50. 412-754-0512.

Aug. 16 Clairton Sportsman’s Club, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Limit 80. 412-650-8508.

Aug. 23 Logan’s Ferry Sportsman Club, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 50. 412-795-5368.

Aug. 24 Logan’s Ferry Sportsman’s Club, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 50. 412-795-5368.

Armstrong County

Aug. 9 Ford City Sportsman’s Association, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 25. 724-763-1748.

Aug. 23 Apollo Spring Church Sportsmen’s Club, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 50. 724-478-1248.

Beaver County

Aug. 9 St. John Burry Church, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 60. 724-775-1997.

Aug. 23 Pine Run Sportsmen’s Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 40. 724-775-1997.

Fayette County

July 19 Nixon Gun Club, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 40. 724-438-3249.

July 26 Turkeyfoot Rob and Gun Club, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 50. 724-238-9523.

Aug. 16 Connellsville Sportsmen’s Assoc., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Limit 40. 724-238-9523.

Greene County

Aug. 16 Greene County Fair Grounds 4-H Building, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 50. 724-451-8481.

Washington County

July 19 Canonsburg Sportsmen Club, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 60. 412-583-4186.

July 20 Charleroi Gun Club, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 40. 724-238-9523.

Aug. 9 Elrama Sportsmen’s Club, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 40. 412-956-2712.

Aug. 16 Ellsworth Sportsmen’s Club, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 40. 724-238-9523.

Aug. 23 Canonsburg Sportsmen’s Club, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Limit 32. 412-304-1907.

Aug. 23 Gander Mountain, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Limit 50. 724-238-9523.

Westmoreland County

July 19 Greensburg Sportsmen’s Association, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Limit 25. 724-771-5262.

July 19 Shaner Sportsman’s Club, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Limit 45. 724-872-8431.

July 26 Herminie No. 2 Game Association, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 25. 724-722-3395.

Aug. 2 Police Rod and Gun Club, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limit 80. 412-817-1112.

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