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    I he enactment of the Emergency Energy Conservation Act, 1979, was a gesture by the Congress to subdue their frustration at years of inability to develop a national energy plan. That Act basically instructed the Department of Energy to develop energy conservation and rationing programs in the event of severe and intermittent energy shortages. Pursuant to this law, DOE has been attempting to develop both a standby gasoline rationing plan (for use when gasoline shortages reach 20% or more) and a conservation plan for lesser levels of shortage. DOE's other job is to monitor state energy conservation plans, with the all-present threat that should the state plans prove unworkable, a federal plan will be superimposed on the states.

    However, DOE has now prepared its own standby program and has established its own guidelines. For reasons not yet explained to the public, DOE has chosen to recommend the weekend use of powerboats for purposes such as angling be prohibited. Obviously some states might ignore this recommendation by implementing regulations of their own, but since DOE has already set a standard it may very well disapprove a state program that does not conform to it.

    This is typical of the constant threat of Big Brother intervention into States' rights. Albeit the American public can make their feelings known more effectively to state governments than to the feds, since this is a national problem we can understand some of DOE's thinking. However, when it comes to this suggested program we think they are way off track in discriminating against boating.

    Boating consumes less than one-half of one percent of the annual U.S. oil consumption. Obviously, DOE estimated potential savings much too high.

    There are no such restrictions indicated to be applied to general aviation, snowmobiling, and recreational vehicles.

    The bottom line is that the nonpowered boats will still be out there requiring the same amount of patrols for law enforcement and watercraft safety purposes, and the largest base of the Boat Fund, which is Marine Fuels Tax, would drop off tremendously.

    Although April 7 was the final deadline for comments, we believe a number of public hearings will be one way to voice outcries against this DOE proposal.

    If strict controls are ever needed, a simple allocation of a certain number of gallons of petroleum products per month to boat owners could very well be an answer—maybe it's too simple!

    Ralph W. Abele, Executive Director

  • Pennsylvania Angler Pennsylvania's Official Fishing & Boating Magazine


    Richard L. Thornburgh, Governor


    John A. Hugya, President Johnstown Leonard A. Green, Vice President Carlisle Walter F. Gibbs Reno Calvin J. Kern Whitehall Sam Guaglianone Johnsonburg Jerome E. Southerton Honesdale William O. Hill Erie James J. Stumpf Laughlintown

    MEMBERS OF THE BOATING ADVISORY BOARD Nicholas Apfl, Chairman Fairless Hills Clayton Buchanan Pittsburgh Sherwood Krum Hawley Charles Chattaway Monongahela Leon Lyon Bellefonte

    Volume 4 9 - N o . 5 C O N T E N T S M a y , 1980

    Lending Nature a Helping Hand by Michael K. Simmons 8

    The Great Kiddie Contest — A Dissenting View by Delano R. Graff 10

    How to Fish a Brush Creek by Larry Servais 12

    The Weapon of Revenge by Richard E. Faler, Jr 14

    Lake Nockamixon by Tom Fegely 16

    Delaware River Maps 21

    Pennsylvania's Premier Walleye Lake by Paul M. Liikala 22

    South Branch Tunkhannock Creek by Gerry Kingdom 26


    Southeastern Pennsylvania's "Year-round Playground," Lake Nockamixon, has a mixed population of both gamefish and panfish — and in numbers

    to make a trip worthwhile if you live nearby. Mike Fegely faces moment of truth: how to unhook walleye, while brother Andy looks on. Dad,

    busy with the camera at the time, tells about the lake — see pages 16-20.


    Dennis Scholl's T-shirt pretty well sums up his thinking about the season as the shad ascend the Delaware River. That's a nice catch and

    if you've got the skill to bone them (or are willing to learn how) they make delicate table fare. Cover photographs by Tom Fegely.


    James F. Yoder, Editor

    ^MASTER: All 3579 forms to be returned to the office of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, P.O. Box 1673, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120. ^ e Pennsylvania Angler, (ISSN 0031-434X), Copyright 1980, is published monthly by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, 3532 Walnut Street,


    I enjoyed Cecil R. Houser's article about "Microparasites in Fish" in the January, 1980 Angler and I would like to see more articles pertaining to fish culture, habitat, and parasitology. Thank you.

    E R I C E. G H E E R



    Thank your for the only magazine I've ever felt compelled to read from cover to cover. My favorite outing for fish is with my wife and two girls in search of the prolific, delicious panfish. I have a ques- tion concerning two of the species; the bluegill and sunfish. After filleting, I often notice tiny black nodules embedded within the clean white meat. These show up in perhaps one of ten fish. I hope you can tell me what they might be, and whether they are of any danger to us or the fish. The spots are as small a BB from a shotgun shell.

    My ignorance awaits your enlighten- ment.

    Please commend Russ Gettig for captur- ing "Blackie" at it's best on the cover of January 's issue.



    Many fish are subject to parasite infes- tations. Often called "black grubs" or "black spot," their appearance is not uncommon. According to biologists, even heavily infected fish are safe to eat. Ed.


    Thanks to Frank Lucas for his "Making Jigs and Molds" (February 1980 Pennsyl- vania Angler). It got me out of the "dulls of winter" to prepare for the spring thaw. Not willing to wait for the two-week drying period recommended for plaster of paris molds, I made a twelve cavity mold for #6 jig hooks from aluminum bar stock.

    Through one of the outdoor magazines, I found a contact in California that supplies live rubber to dress the gigs. Received a sample this past weekend and made a

    few . . . took them with me to the Pitts- burgh Boat Show today. Local Waterways Patrolman Gerry Crayton commented favorably and suggested additional im- provements that might make them more effective.

    While there, extended my membership another three years for the Angler and enrolled son, Rich, age 9, an avid fisher- man and boater, in the P.L.A.Y. program.

    If possible, get a copy of this note to Frank Lucas. Be glad to lend him my aluminum mold so that he can get together a few years' supply in a short time — to help him maintain his "cheap" (paragraph 1, page 14, February 1908 Angler) image.

    Our gang would also like to send along our favorable comments on the courtesy of all the waterways patrolmen, ashore and afloat, that we have had the opportunity to meet.

    In this age of continuing inflation two of the best bargains around are a Pennsylva- nia fishing license and a subscription to the Angler. We all look forward to every issue and our days on the water. Thanks.




    Last trout season, my buddy and I made a trip to Worlds End State Park for a weekend trout fishing outing.

    We left home Saturday afternoon. (My buddy, Glenn, is a mechanic at a local garage and had to work Saturday morn- ing.)

    Arriving at the park location, we went to the office to sign for a plot to pitch our tent for the night. Finding the numbered plot, we set up camp and went to look at the stream. Upon returning, we were surprised to find another couple also on "our" plot. Seems they had rented that piece before us but the office man had forgotten to list it in the book. Result — some apologies and tear down camp and move to another plot. A real nice place but, rocky foundation, and our tent stakes were plastic. A real problem for some, but we stopped and thought this one out. My buddy had his tool box in the car trunk. We opened it and found that he had about 18 screw drivers of various sizes — tent stakes if ever there were! Glenn believes in right tools for the job. We had to use a hammer to get some of them deep enough, but I'll say one thing, they didn't pull out! Matter of fact, we had to use a claw bar to get some of them out next day when we broke camp.

    It sure pays to be prepared when going to a strange place to camp. Also, we couldn't buy or gather any firewood for the firespot, but we solved that one too. We went about 5 miles, found a small store and bought a bag of charcoal brics and lighter fluid. It worked better than wood, no

    ir-j smoke and more heat from less fuel, yes, we also caught a few nice trout on ~ hand-tied flies next morning, but h a d ' quit.



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