Notes from the Outdoors

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A notebook of goings on around the Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commission:

Around the Fish & Boat Commission

Steelhead and trout anglers could have more access to Crooked Creek if Fish and Boat Commissioners act when they meet in Brockport on Monday and Tuesday.

The commission has been offered a permanent fishing, boating and riparian habitat easement on about 950 feet of the stream where it runs through Springfield Township in Erie County. The site is located along Happy Valley Road, between routes 5 and 20.

The landowner wants $10,000 for the easement, and commission staff have asked commissioners to give it to him.

That portion of Crooked Creek is home to steelhead and gets stocked with trout.

A complete copy of the commission's agenda can be found at www.fishandboat.com.

A lot of anglers tried to get an early -- and illegal -- start to their trout seasons this year.

Emil Svetahor, manager of the Fish and Boat Commission's southwest region office, said waterways conservation officers wrote an inordinate number of citations this year for people fishing in stocked trout waters before yesterday's opening day.

The violations didn't occur in just a couple of areas either. They were spread across the region, with officers writing as many as 15 citations.

"I don't know if it was cabin fever after the long winter or what, but our guys have been busy," Svetahor said.

The Fish and Boat Commission will hold a free "family fishing program" from noon to 4 p.m. on April 24 at Westmoreland County's Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township.

Participants will learn basic fishing skills such as knot tying, casting, baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. The stocking truck will deliver a load of trout to the lake during the program, too.The participants will have the chance to fish, and no license is required.

The commission will provide equipment and bait. Adults must bring a child, however, and children must bring an adult. The "catch? …