Outdoors

Ancestor’s handiwork brings family together in Pine Grove

PINE GROVE (AP) — Johannes “John” Bonawitz moved to Pine Grove from Womelsdorf in 1809, bringing with him a knack for gunsmithing. On Saturday, dozens of Bonawitz descendants from across the country gathered at Twin Grove Campground for the first Bonawitz family reunion. Among the food, ...

History kept alive through fisheries program

The origins of species that the walleye are part of — the perch family — are a very old fish. According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, fossils within this family have been found in the western region of the United States to be 38 million years old. The walleye today are a ...

Scenic upper Juniata is full of smallmouth bass

Over the past four weeks, we have showcased some of central Pennsylvania’s finest trout streams. In this fifth and final installment of the series, we will feature another remarkable waterway of our region: the upper Juniata River. The Juniata River begins at the junction of the Little ...

First day of trout about more than fish

Back in winter, winter my son repeatedly asked me how many days remained until trout season would start. The first grader was eagerly awaiting the mentored youth trout day to arrive to shake his cabin fever. Seeing him excited for his opening day actually had me feeling the same way. I ...

Centre County’s Spring Creek is in a class by itself

Centre County’s Spring Creek is often rated as the top trout stream in Pennsylvania. Several factors contribute to the popularity of this fertile limestone stream. Foremost among them is its exceptional population of wild brown trout. Another is the ample availability of public access ...

Clinton County’s ‘fishing creek’ is picturesque

Dozens of streams throughout Pennsylvania are named “Fishing Creek,” and some of those waterways do indeed produce good fishing. But one of the most interesting and popular of the Keystone State’s many “Fishing Creeks” is the one that flows through Clinton County. This Fishing ...

Burns planned on state game lands

HUNTINGDON — The Pennsylvania Game Commission plans to conduct controlled burning operations, weather permitting, on State Game Lands in the Southcentral Region this week. Among the area where burns are planned is State Game Lands 107 in Mifflin and Juniata counties. Lands in Centre and ...

Fishing regulations lifted on York County lake

YORK — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is alerting anglers that it has temporarily lifted all seasons, sizes and creel limits on Lake Williams, York County, in anticipation of the York Water Company’s plans to drain the lake and repair the dam. “We have temporarily lifted the ...

Successful night of fly fishing is always a good one

This week a friend and fellow fly fishing enthusiast stopped to pay me a visit at my office. He came to show me the new custom rod he recently picked up from a noted builder. After a short conversation about the rod while I put it together to give it a proper inspection, he asked if I had been ...