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    from the may 1936 edition of the pennsylvania angler

    Vol. 5 No. 5 ''ANGLER' MAY, 1936
    E D I T O R I A L
    It has been truthfully stated time
    and again by those men who have de-
    voted a great deal of time to the
    study of conservation matters and
    sportsmanship, as it applies to our
    fishing and hunting today, that the
    whole proposition and responsibility
    for the kind of sport we have rests
    solely with the sportsmen themselves.
    Just as we have the type of govern-
    ment the majority of the citizens
    seem to be satisfied with, just so is
    our sport regulated by those who take
    °ut hunting and fishing licenses.
    Good government can be preached
    until doomsday, but unless those who
    are interested in good government
    bestir themselves and become ac-
    tively interested in the changing of
    Present conditions, just so long will
    there be no changes brought about.
    It is likewise true concerning our
    conservation and hunting and fishing
    conditions in Pennsylvania, that until
    more sportsmen are actually willing
    to put into practice these higher
    ideals which tend to better hunting
    and fishing conditions, just so long-
    will our hunting and fishing remain
    as they are, with the strong proba-
    bility of their growing worse and
    Worse each year. With the ever in-
    creasing number of fishermen, with
    more leisure and time to fish, with
    good roads parallelling every stream
    and lake in the Commonwealth, it is
    Just physically impossible for our
    Waters to support sufficient fish to
    afford good sport for even the many
    thousands of our anglers who do en-
    joy fishing as a sport, and not as a
    means simply of getting meat for
    their table.
    There has only been one conserva-
    tion measure passed affecting our
    fishing since the adoption of the
    Present fish code, the one reducing the
    daily trout limit from 25 to 15. The
    length of the seasons and the size of
    the catch, with this one exception, re-
    mains the same as it was when our
    Present code was put into effect, yet
    since that time the number of fisher-
    men has more than doubled and the
    fishable waters of the State are only
    about half of what they were at that
    There is, however, a definite solu-
    This Sportsman Was Satisfied With Two
    Nice Trout on Opening Day.
    tion to our fishing problem in Penn-
    sylvania and this problem can only
    be solved by the fishermen them-
    selves. If each and every one of our
    more than 900 sportsmen's organiza-
    tions in our State would adopt meas-
    ures similar to those adopted by the
    Western Reserve Fish and Game Pro-
    tective Association of Sharon, com-
    prising a group of almost 700 mem-
    bers, I am sure the problem would be
    solved within a year, and the rank
    and file fishermen would for the first
    time have an equal chance with the
    expert and with the fellow who is on
    the stream every day of the season.
    I am reproducing herewith letter re-
    ceived from Mr. R. W. Roberts, the
    President of this Association, which
    is self-explanatory.
    "I am enclosing newspaper write-
    up of a recent meeting of our sports-
    men's organization, the Western Re-
    serve Fish and Game Protective As-
    sociation. You will notice in this
    considerable stress was put on size
    and number of trout our members
    feel should be sufficient to satisfy a
    fisherman. At this meeting we had
    about 500 present, an honor pledge
    was taken not to keep more than five
    trout on any one trip and to be very
    careful in returning under size trout
    to the water.
    "Like expressions were made as to
    the size and number of bass to be
    taken. The writer feels that with
    but very few exceptions our entire
    membership of about 700 members
    will be pledged to an 11 inch size and
    five a day. It is hoped this will help
    make fishing better for everybody
    and with trout at least they will
    not all be taken in the first day or
    two of fishing, and one may have
    some chance of an occasional trout
    throughout the season.
    "We believe if this is brought to
    the attention of other clubs, like ac-
    tion will be taken in sufficient cases
    to justify a change in creel limit and
    size of both species of fish.
    "A number of local fishermen for
    several past years have kept no bass
    under 12 inches and not more than
    five a day, and we find this sentiment
    growing quite rapidly. The writer
    has talked with a great many fisher-
    men in different parts of the state,
    and I find hardly without exception
    an agreement along these lines.
    "Trusting to find fishermen in
    great numbers pledge themselves to
    12 inches and five a day, for bass and
    not kill more than five trout per day,
    nine inches and over."
    The whole proposition is, therefore,
    staring us fishermen squarely in the
    face. Are we willing to take a sim-
    ilar pledge as these men from Sharon
    have voluntarily done, and not only
    take the pledge, but live up to it and
    spread the gospel of true conserva-
    tion and sportsmanship among all
    those with whom we come in contact,
    remembering that the Fish Commis-
    sion cannot furnish meat for the
    meat fishermen, but can furnish ex-
    cellent sport for the men who fish for
    sport, rather than meat? The prob-
    lem is up to the fishermen them-

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