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Biology students at Cal U conduct research in stream.Biology students at Cal U conduct research in stream.


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Dr. John Confer, of the Department of Earth Sciences

Posted on April 13, 2012

Young anglers can try their luck at the 17th annual Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival, set for 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday at Rotary Park, off Route 88 (Third Street) in California.

The free event is open to boys and girls ages 15 and younger. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. 

Participants may bring their own fishing gear, or they can borrow equipment from a Cal U student volunteer as part of the state Fish and Boat Commission’s Borrow-A-Rod-and-Reel program.

The Pike Run Fishing Festival Committee will stock the stream with nearly 800 rainbow, brook and golden trout, some as long as 24 inches. As it has done in the past, the committee will provide entertainment and food for the event.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. Besides excellent fishing, participants can look forward to family-friendly games, raffles, fishing contests and many other activities. The festival closes with a weigh-in, prizes and the awarding of trophies.

Youngsters are encouraged to help stock the stream at 2 p.m. Friday.

The fishing festival is co-sponsored by Cal U’s Student Government, the Department of Earth Sciences’ parks and recreation program and the Cal U Eco Learning Community, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the California Rotary Club, the Borough of California and the California Borough Recreation Authority.

The festival also celebrates Earth Day.