Trout season is in full swing, a time when young and old are able to cast their lines and enjoy the outdoors in the Laurel Highlands.

There are numerous rivers, streams and impoundments where fishermen can test their luck at catching brown, rainbow, brook and golden trout.

“Come out and enjoy the day,” Ralph Bretz, a resident of Franklin, told our Dave Sutor.

This is a time for parents and grandparents to pass along their immeasurable knowledge of fishing to their children and grandchildren. They could teach a young enthusiast the best knots to use; show how to put a wriggling red worm on a hook; teach the proper way to cast a line overhanded, underhanded and sidearm; and demonstrate the correct way to land a trout.

Some well-known hot spots are easily accessible by anglers, being located right beside roads. Others take some effort to reach, such as the Iron Bridge on Clear Shade Creek in Somerset County.

“It’s out of the way,” Tim Luther of Stoystown said about the area.

However, the remote-ness of some fishing holes could be troublesome for anglers who are not in the best physical condition to reach such destinations.

The best advice we could tell anyone venturing forth to an out-of-the-way fishing destination is to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.

Also, please bring back everything you took with you. Don’t expect some-one else to pick up your litter.

Put one of those plastic bags you get at grocery stores in your pocket to use as a garbage bag. A soda can weighs much less empty than it does full. Crush it when you’re done with it and carry it back out, don’t throw it in the bushes.

The same with candy bar wrappers and empty bait containers.

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Saturday marks the opening of spring gobbler season in Pennsylvania. Saturday is set aside as a mentored youth hunt. Youngsters who are not old enough to hunt alone must be accompanied by an adult, licensed hunter. If you don’t have a young son or daughter to take afield, consider asking a neighbor or relative.

Few things are more thrilling than hearing a tom turkey gobbling his way through the woods in search of a hen.

And there is nothing more gratifying than seeing the expression on a young hunter’s face after he or she has harvested one of Pennsylvania’s big-game trophies.

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