Friday April 13, 2018


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                                   Thursday’s high. 63; Overnight low, 41; no precipitation







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PA Trout season opens Saturday…Game Commission is selling bluebird boxes….Road rage incident investigated by Mansfield state police….Eldred man accused of violating PFA…..Roulette man charged with DUI and unauthorized use of vehicle and family member charged with harassment…

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Pennsylvania’s state wide trout season opens Saturday at TIME: 8 a.m. The season will become 24/7 after  tomorrow’s opener.

MINIMUM SIZE: Seven (7) inches


Regular season (opening day thru Labor Day)

5 (combined species)

Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 28/29) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31)

3 (combined species)

Creel limits apply to the majority of trout fishing waters. Other rules apply for Special Regulation Areas. Anglers should consult the Summary of PA Fishing Laws and Regulations, distributed free with their licenses, for more details.


License categories and pricing

In addition to a fishing license, trout anglers 16 and older must posses a Trout/Salmon Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) to fish for trout.

A Lake Erie Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) is also needed to fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in Lake Erie and its tributaries.

Licenses must be signed in ink and displayed on an outer garment. Anglers must also be able to provide positive proof of identification (other than the fishing license) upon request of a Waterways Conservation Officer.

License Fees – 2018 licenses and permits are valid December 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018 (except 1, 3 and 7-day licenses) and are available beginning Dec. 1, 2017 at issuing agents statewide and online through the The Outdoor Shop.

Multi-Year Licenses – 3-Year, 5-Year and 10-Year licenses. Visit The Outdoor Shop to purchase. Convenience—Savings—Rewards with each purchase.

Licenses can be purchased at anytime from a variety of dealers. More information is available on the Fish and Boat Commission’s website and there is also a “Frequently Asked Questions “(FAQ) page to find out more about fishing licenses.

More than 4.4 million trout were released into Commonmwealth waters this spring.

Water   Number               Brook    Brown   Rainbow              Total

472,670 641,850 2,044,880               4,401,327

The Fish and Boat Commission says stocked  rivers and creeks in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area with the best fishing   include:

Allegheny River

First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek

Kettle Creek

Kinzua Creek

Pine Creek

Some of the best fishing for Wild trout is on EAST BRANCH TUNUNGWANT CREEK

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery wants to help you “spring” into the season and connect with wildlife in your backyard.

Another sign of spring is that  Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at Howard Nursery  are now available for sale at the nursery office, as well as the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, region offices, and the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Nesting-box kits also are available.

Nursery staff build bluebird and other nesting boxes during the winter for annual sales to the public. A single box sells for $11.66, including sales tax. When purchasing two or more boxes, the cost is $10.60 each, including sales tax. Customers can select pre-built boxes or choose kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project. The kits provide a great opportunity for Scout troops, summer camps and other conservation groups to get involved with helping wildlife. Special pricing is available for organized educational activities. Call the Howard Nursery or region offices for details.

A brochure of the Game Commission’s bluebird nesting boxes and other wildlife structures is available online by navigating to the Howard Nursery page at Place your cursor on the “Information & Resources” tab at the top of the homepage, then click “Get Involved,” and select “Howard Nursery” to find the “2018 Wildlife Homes Order Form.”(PDF)

The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has been manufacturing bluebird nesting boxes and box kits for more than 30 years. Each year, the nursery produces an average of 4,000 bluebird boxes and 10,000 kits. In addition to being sold to groups and individuals, they are also available to cooperators in the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program.

The nesting boxes constructed at the Howard Nursery are approved by wildlife biologists, and have been proven to attract bluebirds and other native species, such as tree swallows and house wrens. Bluebirds are beautiful songbirds native to Pennsylvania. They are cavity nesters that became less common because of a lack of suitable nest sites. Many nest sites have been lost through changing land-use practices, as well as urban and suburban sprawl. The decline in bluebird numbers is also due in part to non-native species, such as starlings and house sparrows, taking over bluebird nesting cavities.

Bluebirds are early nesters, and according to Game Commission biologists, now is the time to place new nest boxes, as well as to clean and repair existing boxes.

Mansfield based state policed are investigating a case of road rage taking place at about 11:15 am last Thursday April 5 in Lawrence township. Donald Bettilyon of Millerton was at the intersection of Route 328 and 287 when a red two door Pontiac GTO pulled alongside his vehicle and an occupant pointed a handgun at him threatening to kill him. Anyone with information about the incident or the vehicle is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

A Roulette woman  has been arrested for harassment and a family member has been charged for DUI after an incident on River Street in Roulette on the afternoon of March 11. State police at Coudersport last night released details about the month old incident claiming a 2016 Kia Optima owned by 56 year old Rhonda  was taken without permission  by 30  year old Kevin Butler. The car  was involved in a hit and run and a relative tracked Butler down  and who appeared to be intoxicated. The two became involved in a scuffle and  upon further investigation troopers arrested Kevin Butler for DUI and unauthorized use of a vehicle 27 year old Kacie Butler for harassment.

An Eldred man has been arrested for violating a Protection from Abuse order late last night. Kane based state police allege  37 year old Justin Safford contacted 39 year old Amanda Taylor of Smethport through a third party in violation of a standing PFA.

Troopers in Coudersport report  when they investigated a claim of a Megan’s Law violation at 4309 Route 49 West in Harrison Township early Monday morning, they determined the accusation was unfounded and no charges would be filed.

A sleepy Ulysses driver escaped injury when he nodded off at the wheel of his For F150 early Monday morning on Route  6 in Coudersport borough. State police explained 33 year old Jeffrey Crum was going east when he fell asleep causing his truck to fail to make a right hand curve. Go off the pavement and collide with a guard rail and numerous traffic signs. The pick up skidded for about 90 feet before hit the guardrail again with the front bumper. It spun around coming to rest with the rear end on the guard rail. Crum allegedly fled the scene but was later located and reportedly confessed to driving the truck at the time of the collision and was cited with numerous traffic violations.

A hit and run in Oswayo Township is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. An  unknown westbound vehicle  went off of the Eleven Mile Road just west of Big Hollow Road in Oswayo Township early Sunday morning and hit a mailbox. The driver left the scene without reporting damage to the property owner or police.

State police at Coudersport have arrested 37 year old Adelbert Lockwood of Roulette on drug charges. Authorities say when they stopped Lockwood at the intersection of Kim Hill Road and Pomeroy Streeton the night of April 2, for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, they found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and was in possession of drug paraphernalia,

DUI charges have been filed against 46 year old Gary Jones of Lawrencevill e after he was pulled over for a traffic violation on N. Main Street in Tioga Borough during the early morning hours on March 4.