Two-time winner reels in huge carp Some of the best young bass anglers in the world are practicing today on the Allegheny River at Kittanning for tomorrow’s Junior Bassmaster World Championship. Those same waters were the site of the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored “That Dam Fishing Tournament!” last weekend.
Last year’s champion, Jeremy Rigatti, 8, a student at West Hills Elementary School, successfully defended his title with a 36-inch, 22-pound carp with 21.1-inch girth. Bill Mechling of New Kensington won for biggest bass with a 2-pound, 9-ounce smallmouth.
In the junior division, Robby Ankney of Allison Park won for medium game fish, with a 16.25-inch sauger. Panfish winner was John Karprowski of Kittanning with a 14-inch white bass.
Unusual fish went to Steven Swank of Kittanning, for a 20.5-inch bowfin.
In the senior division, medium game fish went to Kevin Anderson of Templeton for a 21-inch walleye. Panfish went to Sam Petrosky of Ford Cliff for a 8.5-inch bluegill. “Trash fish” went to John Pechan of Kittanning for a 30-inch carp.
Fish commission action
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board acted on a number of items at its quarterly meeting Monday and Tuesday, with most changes effective next year.
It awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to 22 municipalities to build or improve boat launches, including Sharpsburg and Penn Hills sites.
The Commission approved moving seven stream sections currently in the Heritage Trout Angling Program and 26 sections in the Delayed Harvest Fly-Fishing Only Program into a new Catch and Release Fly-Fishing Only Program for year-round fly fishing with no harvest, and with no restrictions on barbed hooks or wading.
It voted to create a new Catch and Release All-Tackle Areas program that will include portions of Spring Creek, Centre County — except for Fisherman’s Paradise and the Exhibition Area in Bellefonte — and Valley Creek in Chester County.
The board voted to seek public comment on redesignating parts of the Little Juniata and Clarion rivers new Catch and Release All-Tackle sections.
It approved retaining the sunrise to sunset rule on Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only waters. It approved a 15-inch minimum size, six fish a day creel limit for Lake Erie walleye, and voted to eliminate the size minimum on Lake Erie perch from April through November while increasing the daily creel limit to 30.
It approved the use of the bulk of $28 million in new Growing Greener funds for hatchery improvements. It de-listed a five mile portion of Cross Fork in Potter County as Class A wild trout water, and decided to give staff more leeway in allocating stocked trout to streams.
The board also voted to eliminate the cull rule in fishing tournaments. It approved bigger cast and throw nets for Lake Arthur and doubled the daily limit on alewife and gizzard shad to 100 on Lake Arthur and Raystown Lake.
Finally, Richard Czop of southeast Pennsylvania was elected commission president and Howard Gary Pflugfelder of southcentral Pennsylvania was elected commission vice president.
For details and more board action, visit www.fish.state.pa.us.
The 12th annual “Discover Presque Isle” weekend is set for Friday through Sunday. The event, a fundraiser presented by the Presque Isle Partnership, will feature pontoon boat tours of the lagoons, a volleyball challenge, pancake breakfast, children’s festival and arts and crafts festival, plus music, bonfires on the beach and more. For more, visit www.presqueisle.org.
Erie tournament underway
The annual Poor Richard’s Eighth Annual walleye and perch tournament to benefit the S.O.N.S. (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie started July 16 and runs until Aug. 14 with weekly drawings and grand prizes for biggest fish. Entry fees are $5 and a $5 membership in S.O.N.S. is required.
For more, call Poor Richard’s at 814-474-5623.
By Deborah Weisberg