Gogal Publishing Company of West Chester is now producing the first smart phone app designed specifically for Pennsylvania anglers with the production of its "GPS Fishing Guide to Pennsylvania." This interactive GPS fishing map can be displayed over roads, satellite images or seamless 7.5 minute USGS topographic maps.
Streams and lakes are color coded to highlight those waters offering quality fishing opportunities with every stream in Pennsylvania included. Integrated GPS functions allow users to view their current location, record custom waypoints, target destinations, receive turn-by-turn driving directions and use their phone as a handheld GPS. Distance and compass bearing to targeted destinations are calculated and displayed to aid in navigation.
When no phone coverage is available, maps can be stored in advance for offline use of the nearly 5,000 predefined fishing destinations that can be searched and targeted for turn-by-turn navigation. Each destination includes a detailed listing of fish species, fishing regulations, ramp information, boating regulations, seasons, size and creel limits.
Search menus enable users to target destinations by water name, stream section, fish species, fishing regulation, boat ramps or boat motor limits. All search results are returned in distance order from the user's current location, and for travel planning, search results can also be set to list in distance order from any town in Pennsylvania and results can be saved to favorites for later recall.
"As a Pennsylvania angler, I wanted to create an interactive phone experience for Pennsylvania fishermen," company president Mike Gogal said. "This app incorporates the best aspects of the Fish Commission's website, quality fishing maps, and the power of GPS in one single fishing tool for smart phone users."
While the app is primarily designed for Pennsylvania's anglers, it includes nationwide topographic map coverage and both custom waypoints and GPS navigation can be used throughout the United States. "GPS Fishing Guide to Pennsylvania" is available on iPhone and Android by searching on the App Store or Google Play.
Free updates are available at no additional fee and no subscriptions are required. A free three-day trial version of the program for Android is available on Google Play.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at http://www.wmgh.com/ by clicking the link to the program, features Pennsylvania Game Commission pheasant biologist Jim Kauffman.
A dog-friendly hike on the Spirit of Tuscarora Trail is Sunday, from 1-4 p.m., at Locust Lake State Park, Barnesville.
County treasurers will begin accepting by mail applications for antlerless deer licenses for the 2013-14 hunting seasons from Pennsylvania resident hunters. Applications must be mailed in the pink envelopes provided by the Pennsylvania Game Commission with the purchase of a hunting license.
A basic kayaking course will be held Saturday, July 13, beginning at 1 p.m., at Tuscarora State Park, Barnesville, with all equipment provided if needed. Maximum weight capacity is 275 pounds, and preregistration is required either in person at the park office or by calling 570-467-2506.
A muzzleloader shoot will be held Sunday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by the First Frontier Militia at Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 248. A hike of the Lofty Tunnel and Dam will be held Sunday, July 14, from 2-4:30 p.m., and participants meet at the carpool lot off Delano exit of Interstate 81. Fr information call "Porcupine Pat" McKinney at 570-622-4124, ext. 113, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Penn State Schuylkill is co-sponsoring Raptor Day Camp, Monday-Friday, July 15-19, as part of the Penn State "Kids College" camp program. Participants will spend three days at Hawk Mountain and two at Penn State, with shuttle transport provided to and from Penn State and the sanctuary.
For information access the Hawk Mountain website at www.hawkmountain. org/raptorcamp or contact Rachel Taras at 610-756-6961 or education@ hawkmountain.org or Dr. Mary Sacavage at 570-385-6217 or email@example.com.
For the second year in a row, the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Bass Classic will be held on the upper Susquehanna River out of Shikellamy State Park, Saturday, July 20.
This is the 10 year for the annual tournament, which previously was held in the Harrisburg area and remains under the sponsorship of the Capital City Bassmasters. Club president Bob Herman said moving the tournament to the Sunbury area last year allowed for fiberglass bass boats, as well as aluminum jet boats, to compete because of the deeper water created by Lake Augusta.
Herman said that another full field of 100 boats is expected to compete for the guaranteed first prize of $3,000 and more than $10,000 is expected to be raised for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. A Celebrity Challenge will be held in conjunction with the tournament that begins at safe light and concludes with weigh-ins at 2 p.m.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the club website at http://www.capitalcitybass.com/, and information is available by calling Herman at (717) 938-8752.
A simulated hunting 3D course is open daily through October 12 from dawn to dusk at Bears Head Archery, Delano, off I-81 exit 134. Sundays, the course is closed from 1-4 p.m. for trap. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's Lake Ontario Counties Summer Derby is underway through Sunday, July 28, and charter captains enter their boats in the tournament in order that clients are eligible for the cash prizes that are awarded for the largest daily fish species and the overall champion of each species.
There is a total payout of $18,550 in cash for this year's LOC Summer Derby, with a grand prize of $10,000 for the largest salmon and has four divisions for salmon, lake trout, rainbow/steelhead and brown trout. Cash prizes for each division are: first place, $1,000; second place, $400; third place, $300; fourth place, $200; fifth place, $100; sixth-10th place, $75; 11th-15th place, $50; and 16th-20th place, $25.