By James Jones
As the snow and ice melt, in North Central Pennsylvania's Potter County, thoughts are turning to the opening of fishing season. Fishermen, who have fished Potter County's streams and rivers, know that some of the cleanest water in Pennsylvania is here. There are still pristine brooks with, icy water flowing off the mountains, sporting native trout. These brooks flow from a continental divide, centered near the Village of Gold, into three different watersheds. They are the Allegheny River, the Genesee River, and Pine Creek which leads to the Susquehanna.
Pine creek in neighboring Tioga County is well known, as a fisherman's dream, and for whitewater canoeing in the Springtime. The Genesee river and its tributaries are great fishing in the northern end of the county, and the Allegheny stretches, horizontally, across the center of the county, from the tiny Village of Raymond through Coudersport and Roulette, continuing into Port Allegany and Eldred in McKean County.
I can tell you, that this Allegheny River is a great place to fish, and most of the land along the river is open for fishermen. A large variety of species is populated here. The Pennsylvania Fish Commission stocks the Allegheny, several times a year with trout. Record size muskies are reported regularly, as well as carp, suckers, bullheads, and blue gills.
Many times in summer, I have stood on the bank, behind my home, and watched hundreds of fish swimming there. There are no acid mines or other pollution in these streams. Recent projects have eliminated untreated sewage from entering these waters. Rooms and meals are reasonable priced in the area, and the natives are friendly.
Whether you are an experienced trout fisherman, or just want to take the kids where they can catch fish, Potter County is a great place to fish.
Sam McGinn, Bensalem, shown with his catch of the day.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
By James Jones
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/14/2007 01:31:00 PM