Assistance is being sought by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission from trout anglers fishing on the Lehigh River during the 2011 season.

Commission fisheries biologists are working on the second year of a stocked fingerling trout study and need information on the trout that anglers land from Francis E Walter Dam in Luzerne County downriver to the Cementon Dam in Northampton County.

Information the agency is seeking includes date, location, fishing mode (shore or boat), total number of trout released and harvested and the species of trout caught and their length. Most critical is that anglers also record the presence or absence of any adipose or pelvic fin clip.

Anglers will be able to report their information via one of three different means: completing a Lehigh Angler Logbook available on the PFBC website at www.fishandboat.com/images/fisheries/lehigh_river_angler_log_book.pdf [1] , visiting a self-serve station for a postage-paid, addressed post card or participating in a staff-led field interview request on the April 2 or 16 opening days. Self serve stations will be available at select access points along the Lehigh River.

Stations are maintained by the Lehigh Coldwater Fishery Alliance and are part of a partnership with the PFBC.

More information about the study or questions can be addressed to Daryl Pierce, Management Area 5 River Biologist at dapierce@state.ps.us [2] or by calling 570-588-6388.

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The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 3rd Annual Fishing Derby, Saturday, April 9, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rabbit Run Reservoir. Hot food and refreshments will be prepared by the Owl Creek Reservoir Commission and will be sold all day.

Prizes will include a three-day, two-night Stay at Caiger's Resort, 1000 Islands, Canada; Football Hall of Fame Tickets, fishing rods, bicycles and other merchandise. Registration forms and rules are available at Tom's Auto and Marine, Mountain Ave., Tamaqua; the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce or online at www.tamaqua.net [3].

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Beltzville State Park will be holding a Basic Boating Course instructed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Tuesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 7, with both sessions from 6-10 p.m.

There is no charge for the course, but all participants must attend both sessions and must pre-register by calling Beltzville State Park at 610-377-0045.

The Basic Boating Course is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better informed decisions on the water.

Instructors will provide students with information via a classroom setting to help them reduce the risk of injury and conflict on the water.

Students who successfully complete the course may apply for a Boating Safety Education Certificate for a $10 fee.

The certificate is required of all operators of personal watercraft or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, who operate a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower.

More information about this course or boating safety can be found by visiting the PFBC website at www.fishandboat.com [4].

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Friedensburg Fish and Game Spaghetti Supper will be held today from 3-7 p.m.

For information, call Ray Koch at 570-385-2169.

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Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby coordinator Tom Banditelli is today's guest of Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz on "Experience The Outdoors," 7:30-8 a.m. on WLSH 1410-AM, Sunday, from 9:30-10 a.m., on WMGH, 105.5-FM and on the Web at www.wmgh.com [5] by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.

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A trap shoot will be held, Thursday, March 31, beginning at 6 p.m., at Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg.

For information, e-mail jafone@comcast.net [6].

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Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets, Thursday, April 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at West Penn Archery, South Tamaqua.

For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.

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Lehigh Valley QDMA Banquet will be held, Friday, April 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Meadows Banquet Hall, 1170 Meadows Road, Hellertown.

For information and reservations, call Jon Felton at 215-529-7280 or Dean Souder at 267-382-0333.

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Muzzleloader shoots sponsored by the First Frontier Militia will be held Sunday, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, off Route 248 between the Parryville and Bowmanstown exits on Gun Club Road.

For information, call Roger Fisher at 610-377-2812.