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Outdoors commentary: Fishing symposium at Lake Marburg

Bob Elias, of Manchester, shows a powerhouse Lake Marburg crappie he recently caught and released. Crappie fishing will be one of the topics at the upcoming Lake Marburg Fishing Symposium.
Bob Elias, of Manchester, shows a powerhouse Lake Marburg crappie he recently caught and released. Crappie fishing will be one of the topics at the upcoming Lake Marburg Fishing Symposium. (Jim Gronaw photo , Carroll County Times)

All right, it's getting cold again and about the time you read this you will likely be thinking of spring time and warm weather. For a good cure for cabin fever you won't want to miss the third annual Lake Marburg Fishing Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Dubs Church Annex in Codorus State Park, near Hanover, Pa.

Unlike many fishing-related shows and events in our area, this one is devoted exclusively to teaching anglers the best ways to catch fish at this popular York County waterway.

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Here's the lineup for this year's show ...

9-10 a.m.:

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The Lake Marburg Fish Advisory Committee and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will give an overview of the current status and angling options at Lake Marburg and focus on habitat improvement plan being initiated for the lake.

10:30-11:30 a.m.:

Beginning to Fish Program will feature Lake Marburg experts Steve Staley, of the Outcast Bass Club, and Gordon Brady, owner of B&B Lures and Tackle Shop of Hanover, as they present concepts and teaching that will focus on getting people started and to enjoy angling as a lifetime sport. Staley organizes the Thursday night bass tournaments at Marburg and has been instrumental in angling education at the park by spearheading the Saturday morning fishing classes at the Main Launch area for several seasons. Gordon Brady has been one of the premier local Marburg bass fishing authorities and has been serving the community for more than 24 years with his full service tackle shop and trailer service shop in Hanover. These guys have been teaching fishing for years, so this should be a good one.

12:30-1:30 p.m.:

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Finding and Catching Crappies and White Perch. ... Local white perch expert Darryl Moyer will explain his deep water patterns to put you on the lakes abundant white perch population from spring to early winter. Some of Moyers eye-opening tactics defy the traditional concepts of trolling and deep water jigging, as he catches them as deep as 60 feet! On the crappie side, I'll be talking about how to score Marburg abundant black and white crappie populations with tactics for spring and late fall.

2-3 p.m.:

Fishing Lake Marburg Panel Discussion. Lake Marburg Fish Advisory Committee. ... Local Marburg experts will answer questions on various angling topics to include multi-species discussions and focusing on tactics and techniques that will put more fish in the boat for you, as well as contemporary concepts on catch and release angling today and other topics as well.

The cool thing about this gig is that there is something for everyone, and many species are covered. I attended and presented a white perch seminar two years ago and the response was tremendous, as we had over 300 anglers attend. Each seminar will include a presentation of information with a question/answer period at the conclusion of the talks. Presenters will also be available after each session to answer questions in a small group format. Also on hand will be legendary muskie hunter Lee Snyder, who will be signing and selling his new book "Monsters of the Abyss."

The doors will open at 8 a.m. and the seminars will start promptly at 9. In case of bad weather the event will be held on the following Saturday, Feb. 23, at the same location and time frames. Another cool thing ... free admission! Toss in delicious food items and beverages for sale, provided by the Dub's Church Kitchen, and, well, it's just a good place to be on that day! In case you need a physical address for your GPS unit, the street address is 1958 Dubs Church Road, Hanover, Pa., 17331.

This is a great opportunity to learn about this 1,275-acre lake that has been kicking out quality game fish, of all species, for many years. With its deep, clear waters, many anglers have a tough time cracking the code on this southern Quaker State gem. But the info at this event will surely help you put fish in the boat, or on the bank.

Additionally, many of the techniques discussed and presented at this seminar can be applied to other area bodies of water like Prettyboy, Loch Raven, Liberty and Piney Run and even in some tidal water venues. This is a great opportunity to learn and meet new friends who love to fish. Mark it on your calendar and I'll see you there!

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