With the boating season upon us, now is the perfect time to check your safety equipment prior to using your watercraft. Make sure you have a USCG approved wearable personal flotation device on board for every passenger -- it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law! If your boat requires a fire extinguisher, make sure it is charged, and properly mounted. Make sure your Type IV throwable flotation device isn't torn or worn out. Years of hot sun and rain can really weaken your safety equipment.
Take time to visually inspect your vessel for cracks in the hull. Pay especially close attention to the transom, where the motor attaches to the boat. The weight of the outboard motor can cause hairline cracks on the hull, if it is too heavy.
Remember, it is a good idea to have an anchor and paddles on board, to prevent any mishaps while on the water. Plan ahead, and have a safe boating season.
Members of the Millersburg Conservation club float stocking Wiconisco Creek
Nice Golden Rainbow caught and released on the Mahantango Creek
Local Trout streams continue to be stocked by local sportsman clubs and the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Recent rains have brought up water levels on streams and will continue to fluctuate with rainfalls. Anglers continue to catch lots of trout. Baits of choice are paste baits, spinners, minnows and small artificial sinking minnow baits.
Anglers are catching trout and panfish on Holman Lake (Little Buffalo State Park). Local streams continue to be stocked with trout from local cooperative nurseries and the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Baits of choice are paste baits, spinners, minnows and small artificial sinking minnow baits.
Donald and Kim with limits of Brook Trout caught on Little Buffalo Creek
Aaron located this nice 19-inch Brown Trout in a log jam area on the lower end of Little Buffalo Creek