2009-04-09 / Front Page

Trout Season Opens April 18

Time still left to get license, trout stamp
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Larry Rubeck accepts a bucket filled with fish from fellow volunteer Frank Mellott last Friday morning in preparation for the opening day of trout season on April 18. The trout were transported to 12 locations in Dublin Township by Craig Pugh, fish culturist from the Huntsdale Hatchery. Larry Rubeck accepts a bucket filled with fish from fellow volunteer Frank Mellott last Friday morning in preparation for the opening day of trout season on April 18. The trout were transported to 12 locations in Dublin Township by Craig Pugh, fish culturist from the Huntsdale Hatchery. With trout season already under way Saturday in neighboring Franklin County, local anglers have an extra two weeks to finalize what type of bait and rod they will be using, in addition to choosing the location of their first cast, for the opening day scheduled for April 18 in Fulton County.

Last Friday amid bouts of steady rainfall, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officers along with local volunteers and landowners made their final preparations for Fulton County's 8 a.m. season opener, including stocking a variety of trout in 12 different locations in the northern end of the county.

Among the stops in Dublin Township were the Ditmer and Rubeck properties along Great Cove Road. An entourage of helpers, including longtime fish stockers Garey Sprowl and Frank Mellott, donned their hipwaders and raincoats to volunteer their services and hoist buckets and nets filled with fish from the Huntsdale fish hatchery truck operated by fish culturist Craig Pugh.

Jeff Truman dumps a net full of trout in the stream running through the Rubeck Farm located along Great Cove Road in Dublin Township.  Jeff Truman dumps a net full of trout in the stream running through the Rubeck Farm located along Great Cove Road in Dublin Township. According to Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO) Anthony Quarracino and supervisor Corey Britcher of Fish and Boat's Southcentral Regional Office, the most recent stock resulted in a total of 2,400 fish, equating to 1,500 pounds, being released into the county's waterways. Among those were a total of 40 trophy-sized Palamino trout.

Additional fish trucked in from the Reynoldsdale hatchery supply a portion of Fulton County as well under the direction of fellow WCO Ted Kane.

Even though Fulton County's help is notably smaller than that of Franklin County, Quarracino noted area helpers are loyal and extra usually come onboard as the hatchery truck is observed travelling from stop to stop.

Additional help will likely be needed along the way as prestockings of brook, brown and rainbow trout are slated for April 9 at Cowans Gap State Park; Little Brush Creek and Oregon Creek, Sideling Hill Creek and Laurel Fork on April 14; April 15 at Big Cove Creek and Spring Run; and April 17 at the south and north branches of the Little Aughwick Creek.

With time quickly dwindling until the first line is cast next Saturday, licenses and the necessary trout stamp can still be purchased locally. Purchases can be made, WCO Quarracino further reminded residents, at the Fulton County treasurer's office and at Keller's Country Store in Hustontown and at the Fort- Loudon-based Keystone Country Store.

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