Monday, April 22, 2019

Fishing With The Frog King in Pine Creek and North Park Lake in Pittsburgh, PA

I started the Easter weekend off early Friday morning in Pine Creek and North Park Lake in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I had a few trout bump my black and gold Panther Martin spinner but the trout weren't playing nice as they darted back into their holes after playing the game of tag.  I did catch a few sucker fish with some free-floating night crawlers in Pine Creek underneath the really cool looking "wishbone" tree structure below.

As you can see from my Instagram account I met the Frog King of North Park Lake! All Hail The Frog King!

With Trout Stockings scheduled in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh for this week and next month I'm hoping to see a rainbow or two soon.

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!

Fishing the Backwaters of Pine Creek

Caught and released a couple of trout and this creek sucker fish in the backwaters of Pine Creek just north of Pittsburgh in Hampton Townshi...