First Trout, contest and challenges met

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Chase Kean, 17, of Conneaut Lake, caught his first trout, a 12-inch rainbow, using a spinner on Sandy Creek in Mercer County on the opening day of trout season.

Enter your trout photos in the annual Post-Gazette Trout Photo Contest. Submit high-resolution .jpgs at including the angler's name, age (if a minor), town, where caught and optional details, and photographer's name, town and phone number (not for publication). View reader trout photos in the categories Big Fish, Kidstuff and Artsy Shots at the Post-Gazette Rod & Gun Club blog at Entries accepted through May 11.

Winners in each category will be interviewed and the photos published in print and online in May.

Mobility-challenged fishing

Anglers with limited mobility are invited to a trout fishing event, free with prior registration, Sun., May 18 at the Sleepy Hollow bridge on Loyalhanna Creek in Westmoreland County. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will block motor traffic on the low cement bridge connecting eastbound and westbound Route 30 west of Ligonier, one mile east of Route 217.

Bring your fishing license and gear. Or the Fish and Boat Commission will waive license requirements and provide rods, tackle and adaptive gear that accommodates fishing in mobility devices. Live bait provided. On-the-water coaching by outdoors editor John Hayes and members of Forbes Trail Trout Unlimited.

No leisurely watching of bobbers -- it's active fast-water fishing for recently stocked brown and rainbow trout. Size and creel limits apply; catch and release encouraged. Free, space limited to the first 20 mobility-challenged anglers to register at 412-263-1991 or

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