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    U nder the federal "Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965," the Fish Commission took par t in prepar ing a comprehensive outdoor recreation plan in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and the Pennsylvania State Planning Board.

    Since the plan that evolved is to encompass the years 1969 to 1985, we thought best to remind our good readers of the long- term objectives of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. In very simple terms, our aims are to ensure that our fishery resources and boating oppor tu- nities are perpetuated for the use and enjoyment of the people of this Commonwealth—-both now and in the years ahead.

    More specifically, the long- te rm plan of the Commission has the following objectives:

    1. To perpetuate the production of all resident and introduced species of fish in waters of the Commonwealth through improvements to natural fish habitat, as well as by hatchery re - production, for their intrinsic and ecological values, as well as for their direct benefits to man.

    2. To provide for diversified recreational use of the fishery resources of the Commonwealth through a program of acquisition, development, and management.

    3. To provide for scientific and educational use of the fishery resources of the Commonwealth through exhibits, displays, and the issuance of scientific collectors' permits.

    4. To provide a maximum of recreational boating opportunity by developing, expanding, im- proving and maintaining the waterways of this Commonwealth.

    5. To provide fishing and boating opportunities within a radius of 25 miles of every Pennsyl- vanian by the development of access areas, construction of impoundments, purchase of ponds and lakes, and leasing of bodies of water from private owners.

    6. Continue to press for the restoration of shad and other anadromous fish species in the Susquehanna, Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers through the installation of fish passage fa- cilities at existing or planned dams, and through improvement of water quality.

    7. Cooperate with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and other state and federal agencies in establishing and maintaining adequate water quality standards in all fishing and boating waters of the Commonwealth.

    To fulfill these responsibilities, the Commission has developed a staff of 417 and maintains certain facilities throughout the Commonweal th . The staff consists of administration, engi- neering, real estate, fishery, conservation education, mar ine services, and enforcement pe r - sonnel. Comprising the Commission's physical holdings are : fish hatcheries, a research s ta- tion, visitors ' centers, maintenance headquar te rs , regional offices, dams, roadways, special fishing areas, certain na tura l lakes and ponds, and access areas on public waters that include parking lots, launching ramps, docking areas, sani tary facilities and mooring zones.

    In addition, the Commission maintains a fleet of tank trucks, heavy construction equip- ment, patrol boats, research and work vessels, proper ty maintenance equipment, automobiles, and other miscellaneous field and office equipment essential for the conduct of the overall program.

    It is wi th a great deal of pride that the Commission looks at its accomplishments in the first five years of that long- term plan. Al though we have a long way to go, we are determined to stay on the r ight t rack and accomplish our goals.


    Executive Director

  • AMBERS OF THE COMMISSION HOWARD H. HEINY, President . Wllliamsporz Q£RARD J. ADAMS Hawloy 0l-ARENCE DIETZ Bedford ^ M GUAGLIANONE Johnsonburg * Q . t I A M O. HILL Erie C*LVIN J. KERN Whitehall Pl*ANK E. MASLAND. JR. Carlisle JAMES J. STUMPF Laughlinlown

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    ] ^ g j J T r v E DIRECTOR nalPhW.Abele

    J T A N T TO THE DIRECTOR , *ard T. Hardie

    J^TROLLER ^ d T. Durkin

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    lUrd T. Johns, Director

    t ^ £ A U o p FISHERIES & ENGINEERING L~*»»d R. Miller, P.E.. Director W.^EERING DIVISION

    Ho* ? l F- Hobbs, P.E., Chief oy p„ ank, Assistant Chief sHERffi, •̂ '^WES DIVISION

    b2}J» D. Bradford, Chief !> , n ° Graff, Assistant Chief

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    fe ^£AU OF WATERWAYS L " • Charles E. Leising, Director


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    v r d W. Manhart, Deputy Chief jL*J**RAFr SAFETY DIVISION >Ve^

    a r t i n ' Chie£ sPorl, Marine Education Specialist

    ,v f^S^U. OF A D M I N I S T R A T I V E SERVICES

    L *» O'Brien, Director

    Gi,„**AL ADD COORDINATOR " C. Reed

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    .0 OSTMASTER: AU 3579 forms to be returned

    I673 Sf Pennsylvania Fish Commission, Box J^ ^"arrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120.

    PENN S Y L V A N I A A N G L E R is published mOnth- I? reet 1,Pennsylvania Fish Commission, 3532 Walnut -?3r^j. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Subscription: One > y . ?"-uPi three years—$5.00; 25 cents per single l ^ u *?nd check or money order payable to Pennsyl- *IM:. . * i s h r*«™™: —: T\r\ •NT/vr c r w n C T A M P C of""»idu i Commission. DO NOT SEND STAMPS, h a

  • ON THE COVER: Our composite cover this month depicts the many faceted joys of recreational boating enjoyed throughout the Common- wealth. The center photo, by well known author/editor Jim Bashline, is of his daughter Tina. In the upper left corner of the cover, Paul Ropp captured some of the fantastic white water action at Ohiopyle. The two anglers enjoying a day of solitude on Speedwell Forge Lake in Lan- caster County, lower left, and the pair of successful Coho anglers on Lake Erie, lower right, fell to the Editor's lens. Tom Eggler, former ANGLER Editor, photographed a happy boating family, upper right, returning to the launch ramp at She- nango Reservoir.







    PENNSYLVANIA HEREFORD MANOR LAKE, Beaver County, was acquired by the Pennsyl- vania Fish Commission in time for last April's trout season opener. The 44.6 acre lake, formerly operated privately as a Fee Fishing Lake, re- ceived nearly 14,000 rainbows by mid-season. Another lake of 22.7 acres was included in the purchase. Just 25 miles from downtown Pitts- burgh, the lake will also serve Al- legheny County Anglers who tradi- tionally have been the largest group of licensed fishermen in the state. Nearly 10,000 anglers used the lake on opening day and it has been drawing from 300 to 400 every day since! The lake boasts very good shore fishing for those without boats. Staff photographer Russell Gettig gave up his opening day fishing to make these photos at the lake that is located along Route 288, just 2Vi miles west of Zelienople.

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  • This forty one pound STRIPER was caught last fall by DALE RUKA, of Rio GRANDE, NEW JERSEY, down at CAPE MAY. "It's STRIPERS of this size that we keep hoping for upstream in our section of the DELAWARE RIVER," says STAN PAULAKOVICH, "and we have an unconfirmed report of a twenty pounder taken off TORRESDALE, but until more of these whoppers make their way through the polluted waters downstream, the smaller fish still offer fine sport."

    FISHING OUTLOOK By.. Stan Paulakovich

    CATADROMOUS fishes are those which live in fresh water and Migrate to the salt waters of the °cean to spawn. We have one repre- sentative fish in this class in Penn- sylvania, the American eel. It's quite common in most of our lakes and streams which have access to the At- lantic Ocean.

    ANADROMOUS fishes, those that Migrate from salt water to fresh wa- ter to spawn, are more numerous. They include the coho salmon, steel- head trout, blue back herring, lam- P'ey eel and the white shad. Lesser known anadromous species found in Pennsylvania include the sturgeon a n d , believe it or not, old "roccus" himself, the STRIPED BASS, morone saxatilis.

    Every surf fisherman's delight, the striper is probably the most sought after salt water game fish. From ^a ine to Florida he reigns as "King 0 r the Hill." In its southern habitat, xt is known as rock or rockfish. Up n°rth, it is called simply, the striper.

    That the striper was once plentiful ln our eastern rivers is evident from these excerpts from the report of The B°ard of Fish Commissioners in 1896.

    "Striped bass are known to mi- grate to the headwaters of both the Delaware and Susquehanna rivers."

    "At the Gloucester fishery on the

    Delaware in 1837 a rockfish was caught in the nets that weighed 76 pounds. It had scales the size of a quarter dollar."

    "In the spring of 1893, 1500 pounds of rockfish were taken in one haul of the net at a fishery on the Delaware near Burlington." Today's population of stripers in

    the Delaware during their migratory spawning run is something of a puz- zle. Biologists working out of the gov- ernment complex at Rosemont, N.J., and those working for private con- cerns which are sampling the river at several places, tell of varied resu