Fishing Stories: Tales of the Big One

Did you catch the big one? What about one that definitely wasn’t a keeper? We at GantDaily want to know!

Just send us your best Fishing Story to news@gantdaily.com. Please put “Fishing Story” in the subject line of the e-mail. Then, we’ll put it on the site for free!

We will need to know your name, where you’re from and when and where you caught the fish. Tell us a bit about the catch, too, such as the type of fish, its length and/or weight and how you caught it.

We’ll post those we receive on this page!




Aaron Wonderling (4 years old) caught this fish while fishing in Doug and Kathy Beish’s pond in West Decatur, PA. Aaron caught the fish at Miranda Beish’s eighth birthday party Sept. 3, 2007, using a minnow. Aaron is the son of Don and Nichole Wonderling of Houtzdale. Aaron was happy to return the fish to the water so that it can grow bigger and be caught again next summer.



Brian Luzier of Dallastown  caught this large mouth bass on July 7 while fishing near his Frenchville cabin. He caught it, kissed it, and released it to catch again another day.



Cody Long, 11, caught this 21 inch brown trout on June 16 at the 33rd annual Old Town Sportsmen’s Accociation fishing derby. The tagged fish was caught in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.



Carl Dearing of Clearfield caught this carp recently while fishing in Bloomsburg.



This brown trout was caught by Jeff Makkas of Grampian on May 24 in the West Branch of the Susquehanna near the Curwensville Community Civic Center.


Bobby Gathagan of Clearfield caught this 20 1/2 inch rainbow trout while fishing in the West Branch of the Susquehanna.




Tracie McGonigal, 13, daughter of Barb Butler and Roger McGonigal, both of Clearfield, caught this trout while on a fishing excursion in the afternoon of April 29 with their neighbors, Jesse and Brenda Kruise at the Brisbin Dam. Tracie landed this beautiful 16-inch brown trout. When the fish hit Tracie’s line, she got so excited that instead of reeling it in, she ran backward until it landed on shore.



Jim Comer of Clearfield took this 38-inch muskie while trolling Curwensville Lake last fall. The fish hit an 8-inch (perch-pattern) Berkely crankbait. Curwensville Lake is heavily stocked with muskie and many trophies are available for those who have patience. Comer said those who fish every day and catch one muskie per month you are doing well. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission raised the muskie size limit to 40 inches this year.



Eric Shaw of Hawk Run caught an 18-inch rainbow trout on April 23 at Six-Mile Run.



Sydney Peteuil, 6, of Clearfield, caught this 6-inch trout at Parker Dam April 20 with a wax worm.

Sydney is the granddaughter of Jeff and Jo Peteuil and daughter of Dan Peteuil. She is a first-grader at Clearfield Elementary School and has been fishing and camping all her life.



Justen Altemus of Clearfield caught this steelhead in December while fishing with Teddy Adams and Mike Davidson, also of Clearfield, up in Erie County on Upper Elk Creek on Dec. 23. The fish was 33 inches long and weighed 15 pounds. Altemus said he fought the steely for about a half hour.


Dennis Billotte of Clearfield caught this 18-inch walleye on April 7 at about 1 p.m. at Curwensville Lake. Billotte used a nightcrawler on the bottom to bring in this fish.

Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter of the American Red Cross Marks Preparedness Month
Clearfield Borough Road Closings, Week of Sept. 24

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