Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 17, 1975 · Page 51
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August 17, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 51

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7D -- August 17,1975 Sunday Goxetie-Maii CoafWou. *Wit Vifgiai* Young" Angler Finds Smallmouth Recipe The recipe for catching a trophy- sized smallmouth bass, according to Bobby Schoolcraft, 13, of Procious, is to wait until there are plenty of swimmers around to make noise, and then toss a lure near them. Schoolcraft recently caught a 22-inch smallmouth in Elk River within sight of his home, and the fish apparently paid no attention to the youth's companions who were swimming nearby. He struck Schoolcraft's surface lure on the first cast. The bass weighed almost five pounds (four pounds. 13 ounces, to be exact) and is believed to be the largest smallmouth caught in Elk in several years. Smallmouth in the five-pound class don't come along very often in West Virginia rivers, although they are slightly more common in large impoundments. As a matter of fact, fish biologists and fishing regulars at Summersville Lake have been predicting for some time that the state record will be broken there eventually. Lending credibility to these predictions was a recent occurrence at Summersville, where a startingly big smallmouth was found dead, the result of having choked on a 10-inch bass it was trying to swallow. C.B. Myers of Falling Rock was boating on the lake with his wife and son when they spotted the fish and took it to the Long Point Boat Dock. Unfortunately. By Skip Johnson "Jaws" wasn't in one piece and therefore couldn't be weighted and measured. After choking to death. Myers and others theorized, he floated to the surface where he was sliced in half by a boat propellor. Whether "Jaws" was a state record will therefore never be known, but Myers pointed out that the part he brought in was 15 inches long and just reached approximately halfway through the dorsal fin. Breaking the state smallmouth record will be no small feat, however, since the record fish was 24 inches long and weighed almost 10 pounds. It was caught in the South Branch River in 1971 by a 15-year-old boy named David Lindsay, who had purchased his first fishing license just hours earlier. He had turned 15 that very day. Lindsay's feat tends to substantiate the claim that truth is stranger than fiction, although fiction ranks second on my list of alltime best fishing stories in West Virgin- Streams, Lakes Heavily Stocked ia. The Linsay catch tops them all. followed by the theft of a 35-inch brown trout from the Edray Hatchery. The youth who lifted the trout made up a beauty of a story, as some of you may recall. He said he caught the trout in Elk River on a live mouse at midnight. * * * Efforts of the Department of Natural Resources to trap bears in West Virginia haven't been too successful, although several bears have been caught. It's just that the catches occur infrequently. The DNR game biologists will be envious, therefore, of bear researcher Gary Alt from Penn State University who recently caught five bears in one trap in Pennsylvania. According to the National Wildlife Federation, Alt set a culvert-type trap furnished by the Pennsylvania Game Commission after a conservation officer received a complaint against · prowling bears by a Pike County homeowner. A few days later. Alt found a mother bear and three yearlings in the trap and a fourth yearling lying on top of the trap. All five bears were anesthetized and given a complete physical before being released in a new location away from homes. Outdoor notes: Muskies, walleyes and striped bass stockings were announced last week by the Department of Natural Resources '(DNR). The DNR's wildlife division stocked 12,952 muskies and 1,170 norlunge (hybrid cross of northern pike and muskies) in 16 state streams and seven lakes. More than 1.5 million walleye fry and 1,800 walleye fingerlings were relased in Tygart River and Stonecoal Lake. Persons catching walleyes in the Tygart are asked to report their catches to Frank Jernejcic, Wildlife Resources District Office, 1304 Goose Run Rd., Fairmont, W. Va. 26554. A record 176,850 striped bass fingerlings were raised at Palestine Hatchery and released in the Ohio River and Bluestone Lake. The DNR said a total of more than 470,000 stripers have now been stocked in the state. The Dunbar Muskie Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 and will hold its tournament on Aug. 30-31 on the Little Kanawha River, president Carl Norman .said. Tourney headquarters will be at the Community Park at Arnoldsburg. A series of public meetings to discuss proposed 1976-77 hunting regulations and 1976 fishing regulations will be held by the DNR in September. The schedule: Sept. 15 Charleston (Kanawha County Courthouse) and Romney (Hampshire County Courthouse): Sept. 16, Fairmont (Marion County Courthouse) and Parkersburg (Wood County Courthouse); and Sept. 17, Buckhannon (Fire Dept. Hall) and Beckley (Raleigh County Courthouse). All meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dove sessions begins at noon Monday, Sept. 1. and extends through Nov. 8 in West Virginia. Shooting hours are noon to sunset and bag limit is 12 per day and 24 in possession. Shotguns must be plugged and cannot contain more than three shells. There will be a two-part hunter safety instruction course presented at Nitro City Park from 9 a.m. to njon on Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. The course is open to anyone 12 years of age 01 older. For further information, call Steve Mul- li'ns, Nitro Recreation Director, at 755-8080. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the grizzly bear as a threatened species in the lower 48 states, which means that the animal now receives federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Except for limited circumstances prescribed by regulation, it is unlawful to kill, capture, harm, harass, import or export a grizzly anywhere in the lower 48 states. The regulations permit grizzlies to be killed when they pose a serious threat to humans, and in northwestern Montana the hunting of grizzlies may continue if the total number of bears killed for all purposes in a given year does not exceed 25. The Fish and Wildlife Service said the grizzly population has remained fairly stable for many years, but that human activity such as road building and developments is threatening the grizzly's remaining habitat. The several hundred grizzlies left in the lower 48 states are found in the Selway- Bitterroot wilderness in Idaho and Montana; Yellowstone National Park in Idaho. Montana and Wyoming, and the Bob Marshall wilderness in Montana. The grizzly population in Alaska is estimated to be about 12,000 animals, and the giant bear isn't considered to be endangered there. Bobby Schoolcraft and His 22-Inch Smallmouth First, Get a Crowd of Swimmers, Then Cast a Lure... -StaH Photo ^g^ ^f ·^ -^^ ^^^ -Now! it's your chance to Save at Silver Brand Clothes during our fantastic Advance selling event of Brand New Fall Men's and Young Men's ^Tremens t l i n s in time for Back-to-School and Fall. Hurry, vanceselling event ol Brand New ran mens ana ium.y ».«..»"'-···-"-" dous savings on popular stylings in time for Back-to-School and Fall. Hurry, though, as all items will return to regular prices on September 1st. S Sherpa Lined Denim Jackets Popular western styling with thick, fleecy lining and collar trim. H.p-length styling, blue denim only, sizes 36 to 46. SEPT. 1ST PRICE S29.95, now $ 24.90 U /'· .! 1 / USE YOUR SBC CHARGE ACCOUNT TODAY! 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