Hunting & Fishing


 Matt Backhaus and Alex Hull of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources sink a crib at Pymatuning Reservoir.

Cooperating groups improve decaying bottom habitat at Pymatuning Reservoir

Pymatuning Reservoir is one of numerous man-made bodies of water in Western Pennsylvania built in the first half of the 20th century.

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Outdoors notebook: License fee increase considered

Executive director of the state Game Commission Matt Hough doesn’t want to shake things up too much, but does have one change in mind.

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District Fishing Report: 7.3.15

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

3 days ago


 Nick Sisley discusses his new book, "Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Shotgun Games," at the Tarentum District Sportsmen's Club in Sarver.

Interest in shotgunning games varies among wing shooters

Not all clay target shooters step into a time machine every time they call “pull,” and can vary greatly in their reasons for partaking.

1 week ago


 Baited up with french fries, Michael Kirshenbaum of Squirrel Hill landed a 30-inch common carp at Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park.

Outdoors notebook: Study says trout are in trouble

In a report released last week, biologists evaluated the health and sustainability of American trout and char populations.

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 Deer graze in the Allegheny Cemetery, March 18, 2015.

Mt. Lebanon to tackle deer problem again

Commissioners will begin discussing this year’s approach at a meeting Monday.

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 Tournament angler Ron Taylor, seen jerking a popper in Homestead, organized a recent bass fishing event out of the damaged launch.

Damage to a popular Pittsburgh boating ramp complicates river access

The city-owned launching ramp at South Side Riverfront Park is conveniently located and popular among users, but is awaiting repair.

2 weeks ago


 Matt Wolfe of the South Side had his line baited for flatheads when he hooked a 46 ½-inch, 18-pound paddlefish in the Monongahela River. Accidentally snagged and tangled in line, the fish was photographed and quickly released. Native to the Ohio River drainage, paddlefish were extirpated by the early 1900s. In 2003, a restoration program was launched, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The state Fish and Boat Commission annually stocks paddlefish fingerlings into the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers with a goal of reestablishing a stable breeding population. In Pennsylvania, the paddlefish is no longer listed as threatened or endangered.

Legislators taking aim at semi-automatic law

Some hunters’ opposition is based on ethical grounds.

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 Matt Wolfe of the South Side had his line baited for flatheads when he hooked a 46 ½-inch, 18-pound paddlefish in the Monongahela River. Accidentally snagged and tangled in line, the fish was photographed and quickly released. Native to the Ohio River drainage, paddlefish were extirpated by the early 1900s. In 2003, a restoration program was launched, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The state Fish and Boat Commission annually stocks paddlefish fingerlings into the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers with a goal of reestablishing a stable breeding population. In Pennsylvania, the paddlefish is no longer listed as threatened or endangered.

Wildlife: State also manages reptiles, snakes and amphibians

Fishing regulations that include seasons and creel limits are well known, but there are some other ones you may not be aware of.

2 weeks ago


District fishing report: 6.19.15

Report your catch, and submit digital photos, at fishingreport@post-gazette.com.

2 weeks ago


 Morgan Hezlep of Pleasant Hills lands a 12-inch small mouth bass on the first day of Venture Outdoors TriAnglers fishing program on the North Shore outside PNC Park last month. At left is Maurice Moore of Pittsburgh's Oak Hill neighborhood.

Pittsburgh fishing not a bad way to spend an afternoon

TriAnglers lunchtime program from Venture Outdoors cuts fees, reels in anglers.

3 weeks ago


 At Camp Kon-O-Kwee, Beaver County, Kameron Johnson of the seventh grade class at Woodland Hills Junior High School landed a 4-pound largemouth bass. He got a little help from Woodland Hills’ Mike Jones.(right) and Michael Dofner (left), a Creek Connections volunteer and Robert Morris University student. The fishing event was organized by the state Fish and Boat Commission as part of Allegheny College’s Pittsburgh Area Research Symposium.

Outdoors notebook: Pennsylvania lags behind in Chesapeake cleanup

Chesapeake Bay Foundation president: “It is past time for Pennsylvania to take meaningful actions that will accelerate pollution reduction.

3 weeks ago


District Fishing Report: 6.12.15

Report your catch, and submit digital photos, at fishingreport@post-gazette.com.

3 weeks ago


 Ron Taylor of Moon released these fine largemouths during a bass tournament on Tappan Lake, Ohio, in May. Pennsylvania regulations ban bass tournaments during the spring spawn.

Good bass bite prompts complaints about state ban on spring bass tournament

The improved conditions have prompted complaints about the state ban on spring bass tournaments.

4 weeks ago


Wildlife: Backyard birds don’t need the feeder, but it’s fun

Remember, birds never need to be fed. There’s almost always plenty of natural food available.

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 At around 4 p.m., May 25, a 48-inch muskellunge weighing 30-plus pounds was on submerged structure near the Allegheny River shore in Allegheny County. It went for an 8-inch live chub rigged for catfish. On the other end of the 15-pound line was Pat Contillo of North Irwin.  “It fought for five or 10 minutes, but mostly when it got to shore,” he said. “It opened its mouth and made a muskie-size hole through the net and went back in the water.”  After wrestling it ashore and snapping a few quick photos, Contillo released the fish.

Outdoors notebook: Regional parks among the best for family fishing

Four state parks located in western Pennsylvania have been rated among the Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.

4 weeks ago


District Fishing Report: 6.5.15

Report your catch, and submit digital photos, at fishingreport@post-gazette.com.

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