Outdoors Notes

June 25th, 2015 11:07 am

First Posted: 8/1/2013

Pheasants Forever local chapter 803, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers, will hold a youth mentor pheasant hunt at SGL 119 on Oct. 12. Youths must be between the ages of 12-16 and have successfully completed a hunter safety course to participate.

They are also looking for volunteers/mentors with hunting dogs. For more details, visit www.nepapf.org or call Corey Wiesel at 282-6346.

Pheasants Forever Chapter 803 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Farmers Inn, Hillside Road in Trucksville.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will offer its Family Fishing Program at the Wilkes-Barre River Common’s Fishing Pier on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

The program will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. It is being offered in partnership with the Riverfront Parks Committee (www.riverfrontparks.org) and the Luzerne County Keystone Active Zone Passport program (www.kazpassport.org). The program is free, open to the public and a fishing license will not be required.

Equipment and bait will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair and drinking water. Meet at the River Common fishing pier located along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre. A map and directions are available at the Riverfront Parks Committee website at www.riverfrontparks.org.

Registration is required and available online by visiting the Family Fishing Program schedule at www.fishandboat.com/calendar.htm.

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers Philadelphia District has updated the recreation plan for the Francis E. Walter Dam.

The Corps updated the plan, which states whitewater and fisheries releases will be added if enough water storage is accumulated in the reservoir. Wet conditions throughout the summer have allowed the Corps to add the fifth, sixth and seventh increments of the plan. The additions include:

* Fisheries Enhancement Releases: Aug. 24-Sept. 13 (100 cubic feet per second plus inflow up to 300 cfs)

* Increase the whitewater releases scheduled for Aug. 24-25 to 1,700 cubic feet per second of water on Saturday and 1,000 cfs on Sunday (previously 650 cfs up to 850 cfs)

* Fisheries Enhancement Releases: Sept 14-Sept 28 (50 cubic feet per second plus inflow up to 300 cfs)

The Corps will announce at a later date if it is able to hold additional whitewater and fisheries releases. To see the plan or view updates, visit www.nap.usace.army.mil/fewalter or www.facebook.com/fewalterdam

Due to a lack of registrations, the Luzerne Conservation District has postponed the conservation workshop that was scheduled for Aug. 7.

Registration fees will be refunded for those who did register, and district staff will consider options for rescheduling a workshop during the winter months. More information about future workshops will be posted on the district’s website, www.luzcd.org.