Thursday, April 18, 2019

River Quiet - Sounds of Fishing on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sometimes fishing in Pittsburgh is more than just landing a nice small mouth bass or catfish in one of the rivers.  Sometimes the best catch is just some peace and quiet and the sounds of the river and surrounding ecosystem.

River Quiet - Sounds of the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pittsburgh "Seashells" on the Banks of the Allegheny River

Picturesque spiral mollusk shells on the north shore of the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. For reference, that is the 16th Street Bridge and the City of Pittsburgh in the background.

Pittsburgh Seashells

spiral mollusk shells in Pittsburgh
spiral mollusk shells
Asian Clams are some of the other types of "Pittsburgh seashells" that can be seen on the shores of the three rivers. Read more about them here.

invasive Asian Clams in Pittsburgh

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Pittsburgh Creekside Explores Mysterious Pittsburgh Boat Wreck

Mysterious Pittsburgh Boat Wreck on Banks of The Allegheny River

Pittsburgh Ghost Ships
Capsized Pittsburgh Ghost Ship
If you are ever on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail on the North Shore of Pittsburgh and looking for an outdoor adventure then be sure to seek out the mysterious Pittsburgh ghost ship.  The capsized vessel lies in the boat graveyard on the banks of the Allegheny River off of River Ave. past the Heinz Lofts and Riverbend Foods in Troy Hill. For the exact location of the wreckage see the Google maps below.

Pittsburgh Shipwreck
Eye-level view of the stern and hull of wrecked boat
On the Three Rivers Heritage trail, the boat boneyard will be on your right hand side, down below on the riverbank.  There is also a rusted out barge and other very interesting river and nautical wreckage to see. Obviously, caution is advised when exploring this area as the mud is sometimes slippery and there are plenty of Jagger-bushes (Pittsburghese for thorn bushes) and dead fall around. Also, the shipwreck can be seen much better from the trail when there is no foliage or growth on the trees.

If you walk farther down the trail there are a few clearings on the river path including a wide opening of what looks like to be access to an old barge wharf or loading dock.  This area provides a great view of the capsized ship's pilot house and bow with the city of Pittsburgh vista behind it.

Pittsburgh Boat Graveyard
Hull of the ghost ship with other barge wreckage
Pittsburgh Barge Wreck
Barge wreckage on the banks of Allegheny River

Ariel photo of Pittsburgh Ghost Ship
Google Satellite Image

Google map of Pittsburgh Ghost Ship
Google Maps
According to web reports, no owners have come forth to explain what happened or to claim the Pittsburgh Ghost Ship yet.  Pittsburgh police and river authorities are still looking for the boat's Captain Jack Sparrow, maybe they should call Pittsburgh's finest - Sgt. Tom Hardy to investigate the wreck...  For those that don't know, Sgt. Tom Hardy is Bruce Willis' character in the Pittsburgh cult classic Striking Distance.

Adventure on!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Restoration of 1970's era Sea King 12 foot Aluminum Rowboat

I picked up this 1970's Sea King 12ft aluminum row boat for $75.00 at a local Pittsburgh yard sale.  I purchased a wire brush bit for my cordless drill and two spray cans and one quart of Rustoleum protective enamel paint for a new coat of blue and grey.  I already had the hand sander and paper, stain and polyurethane for the wooden seats.  I spent two weekends cleaning this boat up and now that it is finished I'll purchase a launch permit and then my son and I will be off fishing at the local lake soon.

before restoration of 1970's Sea King Aluminum Rowboat

Restoration of 1970's Sea King Aluminum Rowboat

Good luck to everyone on the upcoming 2019 fishing season!

~Henry David Thoreau
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

2019 Trout Stocking Schedule for North Park and Pine Creek in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

The opening day of trout season in Western PA and much of Pennsylvania is Saturday April 13, 2019 at 8:00AM. Here is the current Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission list of trout stockings for North Park and Pine Creek in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. PA.  For other western Pennsylvania trout stocking information visit the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Good luck and see you out there on Opening Day!

North Park Lake   
Stocking: Rainbow Trout
Stocking: Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout

Stocking: Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout

Stocking: Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout

Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only
Stocking: Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout

Pine CreekTrout Stocking
Pine Creek, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Awaiting Spring Fishing on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh

Awaiting the first warm days of Spring to cast a line into the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh.  Check out some of past Allegheny River and Pittsburgh fishing posts to see what you can expect for the 2019 fishing season.

Pittsburgh Fishing

Friday, January 11, 2019

Winter Hiking Pine Creek in the North Hills of Pittsburgh

Here are some landscapes of a recent winter hike on Pike Creek in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.  The creek is very picturesque from the parking lot on Bryant road down to the railroad bridge. I tossed in a Panther Martin spinner but nothing was stirring.  "Water, Water Everywhere But Not a Fish to Bite."

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October Smallmouth Bass On The Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, PA

I caught these two small small mouth bass while tossing night night crawlers into the Allegheny River on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Time 1:00 - 2:00pm.  Water: very muddy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Kayaking North Park Pittsburgh on Father's Day 2018

When the conversation of fishing and kayaking in Pittsburgh comes up among western Pennsylvania outdoor enthusiast, North Park in the North Hills of Pittsburgh always makes list.

Kayaking in Pittsburgh

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fishing Pittsburgh for Fresh Water Drum in The Allegheny River

On a lunch time fishing trip I caught this 15 inch Freshwater Drum on a black and yellow panther martin with an orange and chartreuse trout magnet teaser.  The fish was caught on the North Shore of Pittsburgh  in the Allegheny River.  The fish hit the lure rather close to shore right before the river bottom drops off to deeper levels.  The fish was caught around 1:45 pm.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Asian Clams on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, PA

Asian Clams in Allegheny River in Pittsburgh
Asian Clams on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, PA

These invasive Asian Clams were photographed under the railroad bridge between the Rachel Carson and Veterans Bridge on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This species can be found throughout Pittsburgh's rivers and most of the commonwealth according to the Invasive Species Council Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Invasive Species Council Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan
October 2006

Asian Clam (Corbicula fluminea) was first reported in the United States in Washington’s Columbia River in the 1930s. It was likely introduced intentionally for harvest and consumption purposes (Counts, 1986).

The most prominent economic impacts of the Asian clam introduction in the United States have been related to biofouling of power plant water intakes and other municipal and industrial water intake and supply systems (Isom et al. 1986, Williams and 18 Updated 2/14/2007 McMahon, 1986). Ecological impacts result from competition with native species for space andother limited resources. The Asian clam has been blamed for the decline and local extinctions of several native freshwater mussel species (Williams, 1997).

The Asian clam is now found in all of the major river drainages in Pennsylvania, including the Allegheny and Susquehanna.

Read more about the Invasive Species Council Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan here.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Pittsburgh Creekside In Pittsburgh Post Gazette District Fishing Report and 2018 Trout Photo Contest

Pittsburgh Creekside is mentioned in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette District Fishing Report for April 26, 2018 and entered into the 2018 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Trout Photo Contest. Check out the report for more information on fishing in Pittsburgh.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Pittsburgh Trout Fishing and Western PA Red Tail Hawks on Pine Creek

The beginning of the 2018 Pennsylvania trout fishing season in Pittsburgh started off great for Pittsburgh Creekside.  We were rewarded with a limit of trout and a close encounter with a western Pennsylvania red tail hawk during our early morning expedition into Pine Creek near North Park.

Here are some details of the trip:

Day/Time: Sunday 4/22 between 6:00 AM and 9:30 AM

Lures: Panther Martin Spinner - Black with yellow dots and bronze blade; Various rubber Trout Magnets.

Bait: Night Crawlers

Coffee: African Blend from 7/11

Four rainbow and one brown trout

Red Tail Hawk on Pine Creek

Red Tail hawk flew down really close to us at creek side to check out our catch

Fishing Quote of the Day:
Look at where Jesus went to pick people. He didn't go to the colleges; he got guys off the fishing docks. - Jeff Foxworthy

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pittsburgh Creekside in Pittsburgh Post Gazette District Fishing Report

Scott Kozelnik of Pittsburgh Creekside in Pittsburgh Post Gazette District Fishing Report

Read the rest of the Pittsburgh district fishing report here. Read Autumn Fishing at Glade Run Lake Park, Valencia, PA post here.