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Friday, July 20, 2012

Family Fishing Day held recently at Hills Creek State Park

Park manager, Ben Stone accepting the donation from Dave Miller of winning fish from the 2011 event.

Family Fishing Day held recently at Hills Creek State Park

The 30th annual Family Fishing Day was held recently at Hills Creek Lake at Hills Creek State Park. The contest is held to promote the family sport of fishing and to highlight the excellent warm water fishery that is well known amongst anglers.

Medallions were awarded for the largest perch, bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, and heaviest stringer of game fish. Although large prizes are not part of this event, it generates lots of interest and friendly family competition. A number of families take their vacation at contest time for the sole purpose of participating in this event.

This year’s winners included Colton Bathurst with the largest bluegill at a little over half of a pound. Daniel Guisewite (a contest regular) won the award for the largest black crappie. His fish weighed in at nearly ¾ of a pound.

Although none of the male members of the Miller family (from Loganton, PA) won, Alexa Miller won with the largest perch taken during the event. Her perch weighed in at over half of a pound to claim that award.

The big winner of the contest, though, was Brett Shirk. His largemouth bass of 4 pounds, 10 ounces anchored the largest stringer of game fish of 12 pounds, 4 ounces, allowing him to claim both awards for the contest.

Lake conditions for the event were more challenging than in years past owing to an early spring growth of aquatic weeds. Treatment for the weeds has occurred since the contest, making the fishing a lot less challenging.

Prior to this year’s event, Dave Miller of Sugar Valley Taxidermy honored and thanked the park by presenting mounts of last year’s winning fish caught by him and his brother, Rick. Dave won the 2011 Family Fishing Day contest for the largest black crappie and yellow perch, while his brother won for the largest bass by weight. The mounts were gratefully accepted on behalf of the park by Assistant Park Manager, Ben Stone and Park Naturalist, Jim Mucci. The mounts are on display in the park office for all to see. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and again a special thanks to Dave Miller for the fish display.

For more information on other fishing opportunities at Hills Creek State Park, contact the Park Office at 570-724-4246.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Great picture and article! Ben never looked so good...but the fish look pretty good too!