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WOODS & WATERS - The angler's nightmare: When opening day of trout season goes wrong

My opening day of the 2014 trout season began when the alarm clock sounded at 4:30 a.m. I was ready and eager to get an early start at one of my favorite streams, Clarks Creek, located north of Harrisburg.


Everything was in order. All my gear was strategically lying on the garage floor for easy placement into my truck. I was northbound in no time.


My mind wondered about how many fish I would catch. Maybe this year a lunker would fall to my minnow presentation.


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WOODS & WATERS - The monster of Faylor Lake: My big crappie bass


My recent ice fishing trip to Faylor Lake in Snyder County will be one I will never forget.tinycrappiepic4 2 14Submitted photo - Tom Shank and his football-size crappie bass.


Several weeks ago, I was given a tip from a friend to give Faylor Lake a try, especially for panfish. With nothing to lose and a new area to explore, I made the 90-minute drive northward to the small town of Beavertown. The lake is approximately 148 acres and is part of State Game Lands No. 188.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:36

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Out for trout


tinyholdingfish4 2 14Photo by Noelle Barrett - Shane Eshelman and his two sons, Damion, 11, left; and Tylor, 15, right, caught 12 fish in two hours Sunday morning using butterworms and mealworms as bait.Rain and chilly temperatures did not keep local anglers from fishing spots for the opening of trout season last weekend.


Trout season began in Dauphin, Lancaster, York, Cumberland and 14 other Pennsylvania counties on Saturday, March 29, and will continue through Labor Day for anglers with the proper license.


Anglers claimed spots on the Middletown Reservoir in Londonderry Twp. to reel ’em in, despite a steady drizzle on Sunday, March 30.














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Big Buck Contest

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  $300 in prizes

In 3 categories 

Archery: 1st Place Buck $125
Rifle: 1st Place Buck $125
Junior: 1st Place Buck $50 





To enter, bring your buck to the Press And Journal office, 20 S. Union St., Middletown, to be measured and photographed. 
Call 717-944-4628 to schedule an appointment. 
The score is determined by adding the total number of points (one inch or longer) and widths in inches, at the widest part. (Ties will be broken by measurement from base of skull to highest point.) The deer must be legally taken during the 2013 Archery or Rifle season in Pennsylvania. Current PA hunting license and tag must accompany entry. Buck must be brought in by person whose name appears on tag. All measurements and decisions regarding the judging will be final.
The Press And Journal reserves the right to publish or reject any photos. Contest ends December 16, 2013 at 3 p.m. 
A $5 cash entry fee will be collected.



You don't have to enter the contest to submit a photo.

Email your photos to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Include hunter's name, date and county where buck was harvested. 

Photos and winners will be published in the December 24th edition of the 

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