For the first time in the history of Buhl Farm, trout fishing will be available in the park’s Lake Julia.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will stock the lake with trout on Tuesday and again on April 18.
Opening day for trout fishing is 8 a.m. April 13. The park will open at 7 a.m. that day. A valid fishing license with trout permit is required for anyone age 16 or older. For information on fishing laws visit www.fishandboat.com.
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be educational information available from the Fish and Boat Commission and Shenango River Watchers; a concession stand with hot dogs, snacks and beverages; and the opportunity to buy T-shirts to commemorate the occasion.
During the dredging of Lake Julia, representatives from the Fish and Boat Commission met with representatives from the park. Discussions were held and a plan developed to build and place fish habitat structures on the lake bed.
In October, fifth-graders from Sharon and Farrell schools participated in the park’s annual Environmental Education Day and helped build 16 porcupine crib junior structures.
In Februar, volunteers from Shenango River Watchers and Farrell schools, along with Buhl Farm staff, built and placed the remaining structures, under the direction of the Fish and Boat Commission. They included spider hump structures, rock rubble humps, post clusters and rock star structures.
After the trout stocking, there will be an additional stocking of warm water species that will include crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish.
Anyone wishing to support the “Fish Fund” for Lake Julia can send a check with Fish Fund on the notation line to Buhl Park Corp., 715 Hazen Rd., Hermitage 16146.