F. Dale Lolley Column

Two area waterways included among best in the state

Two area waterways included among best in the state

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission released a list of the top places for anglers looking for certain species of fish, and a couple of local waterways made the cut as the best in the state.


Cross Creek Lake topped the state not only in the best lake of 50 to 500 acres for largemouth bass, but crappies as well.


That should come as no huge surprise to many in the area.


Somewhat more surprising was the inclusion of Whiteley Creek in Greene County as the top smallmouth bass destination among warmwater streams in the state.


• The WPIAL rifle season is about at its midway point, and the postseason races are beginning to take shape.


With the addition of Waynesburg’s rifle team, the WPIAL split rifle into three sections, with the top two teams in each section earning a spot in the WPIAL tournament.


Currrently, McGuffey, Trinity and Avella would be involved in the six-team WPIAL championship tournament.


In Section 1, McGuffey leads the way with a 5-0 section record. The Highlanders are 5-2 overall. In second is Avella at 3-1, 3-3, with Washington third at 2-2, 2-4.


In Section 2, Trinity dropped a match to Woodland Hills, 798-60X to 798-56X to fall into a tie with the Wolverines at 4-1 in section action. The Hillers are 5-1 overall, while the Wolverines are 6-1.


Mt. Lebanon currently sits in third place in Section 2 at 3-2, 5-2.


Section 3 is led by the WPIAL’s lone unbeaten team, Butler, which owns a 3-0 section record and 6-0 overall mark. Hempfield is second at 2-1, 3-1, while Plum is third at 1-2, 2-3.


• When the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Board of Game Commissioners meet later this month for its quarterly meeting, it will have its full compliment of eight members.


Bradford County’s Charles E. Fox has been approved to fill the seat of expired commissioner Thomas Boop for Region 5.


• People are continuing to find smallmouth bass with lesions on them in the Suquehanna River, an issue that has been affecting smallmouths in that waterway for more than a year.


The trouble is, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission still isn’t sure what’s causing the sickness, which is resulting in the death of hatchinglings in large numbers.


According to a story in the York Daily Record, the commission is considering listing the Susquehanna as an impaired waterway, which would restrict fishing for several years.



Outdoors editor F. Dale Lolley can be reached at dlolley@observer-reporter.com.


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