For the Hunsbergers, fishing season is about more than the big catch
MILL HALL — On opening day of fishing season, Fishing Creek was busy — as it usually is.
For Lock Haven native Cheyenne Hunsberger, there was nowhere she’d rather be. Hunsberger has been fishing since she was about five years old. The 20-year-old college student was home for Easter weekend, so she and her father, Daryl Hunsberger, made their way to Fishing Creek again on Saturday.
“What I enjoy most is fishing with my Dad,” Hunsberger said.
Saturday was a memorable one, as she pulled in an 18 1/2-inch trout. A beautiful catch on an absolutely beautiful day.
However, as Hunsberger explained, it wasn’t an easy catch. In fact, she wound up getting soaked in Fishing Creek.
“When we put it on the stringer, the root we clipped the fish to broke off so I had to quickly grab the stringer since the fish was still on it, which involved me reaching into the water for it, so I was pretty drenched,” Hunsberger said.
Hunsberger is a junior at Georgian Court University in New Jersey, where she plays Division II soccer.
Fishing Creek was one of several local fishing holes that saw its share of action on Saturday. Fishing season officially began at 8 a.m. on Saturday in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.
For Hunsberger and her father, the day is about more than fishing. It’s about spending time together and doing something they love.
“I get to spend quality time with him, especially since I don’t come home from college a lot during the semester,” Hunsberger said.
According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, trout fishing is one the state’s most popular outdoor activities.
“Trout fishing in the spring is among Pennsylvania’s greatest outdoor traditions,” Tim Schaeffer, PFBC executive director said in a release.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission set one statewide opening day this year to prevent widespread travel from anglers. In the past, the southeastern part of the state opened two weeks earlier. The PFBC quietly opened the trout season early last year in an effort to avoid opening day crowds during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While some restrictions have been lessened, those fishing are still encouraged to partake in social distancing this season, the PFBC said in the release.