Workers from Laurel Hill Trout Farm arrived Friday to stock Shobers Run in the area of the Bedford Middle School for a special fishing opportunity for young anglers.
The “Trout for Shobers” permit from the state Fish and Boat Commission designates the area for fishing for those age 15 and younger for a season that began Saturday and lasts through June 1.
Fishing in the area will be illegal for those age 16 and older. Adults will be permitted to assist children with casting or retrieving a line or rod — and will not be required to possess a fishing license — provided that the child remains within an arm’s length of the adult and the child is actively involved in the fishing activity.
Adults also may assist with baiting hooks, removing fish from the line, netting fish, preparing the rod and untangling a line.
There is a limit of five fish per day.
The area is not stocked by the Fish and Boat Commission, so the Trout for Shobers group purchases the trout, and also provides cash prizes for certain tagged fish.
Those wishing to donate to the group may make checks payable to Trout for Shobers, and contact Chris Simons, project coordinator, at 814-494-1965 or 814-623-9646; or Ernie Blough, project founder, at 814-623-1303.