Keagen Thrall loves to fish, but his mother usually makes him go to school on opening day of trout season.
This year, Elizabeth Quibell of Pine Valley made an exception, and Keagen made the most of it.
After Keagen begged his mother to be able to hit Catharine Creek at sunrise April 1, Quibell agreed¬†‚ÄĒ but only on the condition that he perform extra chores, didn’t talk back and kept his grades up.
Keagen upheld his end of the bargain, so on the appointed day, Quibell dropped him off early at the house of his father, Ryan Thrall of Millport, who taught Keagen how to fish at age 4.
By the time Quibell made it back home, her son had already sent her a picture of something that probably made most of the other anglers on the creek jealous¬†‚ÄĒ a nearly 5-pound rainbow trout.
“He had originally thought he had got his hook snagged on a rock and didn’t realize at first that he had a fish on until he almost fell in,” Quibell said.
“He said it didn’t take him too long to reel it in after he regained his footing,” she said. “After he sent me the picture he said ‘Well I guess I have time to go to school now.’¬†He’s quite the comedian.¬†He¬†never went to school that day as he stayed on the creek fishing.”
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Keagen¬†loves to fish anywhere he can ‚ÄĒ creeks, ponds, rivers, lakes, and even the ocean, his mother said.
“Last year his¬†grandfather took him deep sea fishing¬†down in Florida,” she said. “I am hoping to get him to Alaska in the future as I’m sure he would love that.”
Now that fishing season is here, fishing derbies can’t be far behind.
The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club will sponsor the Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m May 18 and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 along the stretch of Pine Creek¬†between the¬†Ansonia Bridge in Shippen Township and the¬†Mill Street Bridge in Galeton Borough.
The entry fee for adults is $20 until May 1 and $25 starting May 2. The fee for youth under age 16 is $15.
Up to $14,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to anglers who legally catch one of 250¬†tagged trout, including a $1,000 top prize.
For more information,¬†call 717-881-9358 or 570-724-2888,¬†or go to pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com.
Meanwhile, the Finger Lakes National Forest will host its 24th annual youth fishing derby from 8 to 10:30 a.m. May 4 at Potomac Pond on Potomac Road in Hector.
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Youth ages 2 to 12 are eligible to participate. The registration deadline is April 26 and registration is limited to the first 100 kids.¬†
Prizes will be awarded and food will be available. For more information and to register, call the district ranger office at 607-546-4470.¬†
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners in early April approved¬†hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 license year, including some changes.
The biggest change was a move of opening day of the regular firearm season from the Monday after Thanksgiving, where it has been for years, to the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The change will increase the length of the season from 12 days to 13, including three Saturdays.
The commissioners also shortened the late November turkey season to two days to accommodate a Saturday firearm deer season opener.¬†
For more information, go to¬†pgc.pa.gov.
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