KNAUERTOWN PA – “Oooh, they’re alive and all slimy and stuff,” a young Cub Scout exclaimed, as he reached into a fishing net for his first-ever close encounter with a live trout.
“Well, they’re fish. That’s how fish are,” a man with a camera, presumably the scout’s father, responded.
The state Fish and Boat Commission arrived at about noon to stock French Creek, which runs through the park, with trout for the fishing season that begins next month. Dozens of people made themselves available to help.
More than 3,000 trout were hauled into the park by a commission tank truck that made the trek from Central Pennsylvania. After it stopped in a parking lot a short distance from the creek, scouts and others in the crowd were allowed to climb atop the tanker for one-on-one meetings with what likely will be someone’s fresh-caught dinner in just a couple of weeks.
Then 25-gallon pails were filled with water and fish, and hand-carried and gently emptied by volunteers into the easily flowing creek. A different kind of crowd, one that’s hungrier and armed with bait and tackle, will similarly line the creek banks on opening day, April 4 (2009; Saturday), to try to take out what got put in.
The weather was gorgeous for the event, with bright sun, a light breeze, and temperatures in the 50s.