Casting Around

Inseason Stocking Schedule, Cover Photos, Water Trails, Conserve 2000

In this issue the anticipation of opening day grows as we publish the year 2000 Inseason Stocking Schedule, beginning on page 41. In addition, the article "Year 2000 Expanded Trout Fishing Opportunities," on page 34, reveals where you can find a few new spots this season. Even though the stocking list appears in this issue, it is available separately free at Commission offices and by mail for $1.

Be sure to check out the stocking list's last pages, which include Saturday stockings. The Commission announces only "week-of" information for its regular inseason stockings. But for these special Saturday stockings, the Commission announces the days and times. The aim here is to serve anglers who may benefit from fishing right after fish are stocked.

We hope this issue's cover predicts your enjoyment and success this opening day and during the entire season! The large cover photo shows David Henzler, Ephrata, with (from left) daughter Whitney, age 9, son Joshua, age 10, and son David, age 12. They were fishing at Children's Lake, Boiling Springs, Cumberland County, last May. Here are the details on the other cover photos:

Special thanks to all these anglers and their families for sending us these pictures.

Author Jo Ellen Litz takes readers on a historical Swatara Creek float in this issue's water trail feature. For the details, please turn to page 18.

Water trails are much like the more familiar land-based trails, except in this case you follow the trail by boat, instead of hiking or riding a bike or horse. Water trails provide opportunities for fishing, wildlife watching, enjoying the scenery, learning about the history of a waterway and the surrounding area, and just leisurely motoring or paddling down a waterway. We began our features on water trails in the last issue with the Raystown Branch Juniata River Water Trail. The next issue's water trail is the Lehigh River.

This issue's Conserve 2000 article, "Habitat and the Brook Trout," by Walt Dietz, probes the plight of Pennsylvania's river and stream habitats over some 400 years. Walt focuses on trout, especially brook trout, to explain how and why habitats have changed. Be sure to read Walt's excellent article, beginning on page 50. -- Art Michaels, Editor.

March/April 2000 Angler & Boater

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