I am writing regarding fishing in Washington County’s Cross Creek Lake, which has been cited by some as an example of the negative impact of Marcellus Shale drilling. I have been fishing Cross Creek since 2010, and my personal experience has been a positive one. I have kept a record of the fish caught in a log book in my home. In reviewing the records, I have noted an increase in both the size and number of fish caught.
While I do not think drilling in and around public parks is a great thing, I believe some people have made Cross Creek a scapegoat as to what could possibly happen. At the present time I have experienced good fishing, pleasant days on the water in my boat and believe the businesses that are supported as a result of this lake have suffered due to bad press. It appears that many accounts are exaggerated with descriptions of dead fish floating on the water.
Another explanation for dead fish is improper catch and release whereby the fish do not survive after the fisherman mishandles the removal of the hook.
It is my opinion and experience as a fisherman of 40-plus years that fishing on any body of water where one wants to catch fish requires one to learn and spend time to enjoy the sport. Cross Creek is where I will be enjoying great fishing and continuing to fill my log book with record numbers of fish caught on a beautiful lake in Avella.
JOHN PROVIDENT III