BOA TERS SINGLED OUT—
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
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,
Pennsylvania's Official Fishing & Boating Magazine
Published Monthly by the
PENNSYLVANIA FISH COMMISSION, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Richard L. Thornburgh, Governor
MEMBERS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA FISH COMMISSION
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.
LEAKY BOOTS 2 FLY TYING 28
WATERSIDE WANDERINGS 4 STREAM NOTES 30
MEALS FROM THE CREEL 6 ANGLER'S NOTEBOOK 32
James F. Yoder, Editor
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^ e Pennsylvania Angler, (ISSN 0031-434X), Copyright 1980, is published monthly by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, 3532 Walnut Street,
LIKES "HEAVY" STUFF —
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
WHAT ARE THEY?
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
My ignorance awaits your enlighten-
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.
BROKE "DULLS OF WINTER"
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
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
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.
M A U R I C E TOURVILLE
PAYS TO BE PREPARED!
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-
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
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 '
LUCIAN R< Thi
The enclosed (gift) subscription is foi sPo
landowner who was generous enough °ar
allow us to lease a choice location for "lei