Ryerson Station State Park is located in Greene County, Pennsylvania. It used to contain Duke Lake, a 62-acre body of water that was home to numerous fish and other wildlife. Constructed in 1960, Ryerson Station Dam was breached in 2005 after being damaged considerably by underground coal mining operations, making Duke Lake disappear.
Energy giant Consol operates three of the most productive coal mines in the world in the immediate vicinity of Ryerson Station. Subsidence resulting from longwall mining by the company’s Bailey Mine taking place within 1,000 feet of the dam was singled out as the cause of the damage to Ryerson Station Dam by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Read more →
I’ve received a few good comments and questions on my Trout Worms Catch Fish post. Although I replied there, I thought it would be a good idea to expand into a full post to increase visibility. I have done some light editing, thrown in a few additions, and formatted it as a question and answer style post for clarity.
Thanks to the folks who wrote the comments that form the basis of this. Apologies in advance for putting my poetic license to use.
When do you fish trout worms?
Trout worms work year round. I’ve caught fish spring, summer, fall and winter with them. Read more →
I recently had a chance to fish some special regulation waters in Western Pennsylvania with a bit of success. While most of the “approved trout waters” in the state are closed in March and the first part of April, the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections offer good opportunities for catch-and-release trout fishing.
Anglers fishing DHALO’s are limited to “artificial lures only constructed of metal, plastic, rubber or wood, or with flies and streamers constructed of natural or synthetic materials,” according to the people that make the rules. “All such lures may be used with spinning or fly fishing gear.”
Most of these sections are stocked sometime in March, either at the same time as or earlier than the stockings in other sections of the stream that remain closed until the opening day of trout season. Most also have at least some number of holdover fish from previous stockings, and some are even home to wild and native trout.
While they vary widely in water and habitat quality, it’s usually not too tough to get into at least a few fish at any of these special regulation areas.
Here’s a description of the places I fished and how I did. Read more →
Over the last two weeks I’ve spent a few days fishing for trout in Western Pennsylvania. Since state regulations keep many of the area’s best trout streams closed until the opener in mid-April, that means I’ve been limited to fishing a few wild brook trout waters and Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) special regulation areas.
Whenever DHALO areas come up in conversation, it often leads to discussion of the actual meaning of the regulations, which are vague enough to warrant speculation. Spend a few minutes searching online and you’ll find numerous discussions of the issue, often revolving around the question of whether or not things like trout worms can be used in these areas.
The original DHALO regulations left no question as to whether or not soft plastic worms could be used: Read more →