Thursday, June 20, 2019

Father's Day Retreat to Stonewall Resort in West Virginia

Most of the time is usually about my fishing and outdoor adventures in and around Pittsburgh but on occasion I do go on walk-about outside of the 412.  This is one of those occasions -  Father's Day Retreat to Stonewall Resort in West Virginia.

Father's Day with my family at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia in Roanoke, West Virginia. It was a great adventure into the Mountain State.  My son and had some quality fishing time. We had a family hike over to the marina and fed the massive schools of carp.  The pool, the food and making S'mores at the lodge fire pit were outstanding. If you are in need of a retreat, try Stonewall Resort.

Stonewall Resort and Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park are about 2 hours and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, PA in central West Virginia. The 2,600 acre Stonewall Jackson Lake is listed as one of the top West Virginia waters for Muskellunge and Crappie according to the Charleston Gazette. Also, the lake is one of the best bass fishing lakes in West Virginia.

Local Fare and Drink Fit For a Mountain King
If you do visit the resort be sure to go to TJ Muskies Bar and Grille and order a Forager Burger which is a 7oz. Wild boar burger, wild mushrooms, spring onions, demi-glace, lettuce, tomato, and thick sliced local swiss.  Be sure to partner that up with a Big Timber Ale from the Big Timber Brewing Company in nearby Elkins, WV.

Th Forager!

Big Timer Lager

Father's Day BBQ Brunch
There was an outstanding Father's Day BBQ Brunch - Adobo brisket, buckwheat pancakes, Carolina BBQ chicken, Texas style prime rib, biscuits and gravy, peel and eat shrimp and so much more. 

Make Your Own S'mores
Making 'Smores at the lodge fire-pit is always fun.  Hint - go into TJ Muskies and ask the bartenders for a S'mores kit.  The kit comes with everything you need to make your own S'mores.

Stonewall Jackson Lake

Sunset on Stonewall Jackson Lake

Fishing at Stonewall
My son and I caught about 15-20 Blue Gill and Crappie in our two days on the water.  We were using night-crawlers and flipping Panther Martin spinners.

At The Marina

Feeding the Carp at the Marina at Stonewall Jackson Lake

Baby Skunk

Here are some links below to Stonewall Resort:

Stonewall Resort
About the Resort
Marina at Stonewall Resort
Fishing at Stonewall Resort

And until next time...

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. - John Buchan

Friday, June 7, 2019

Afternoon Pittsburgh Fishing from the North Shore of the Allegheny River

The Allegheny River was still a bit high and brown from the massive storms of last week. With the water running high and muddy brown it was important to look for side pockets along the river that weren't moving too fast that might be holding fish.  I found them, albeit they were small... smallmouth bass.

The Catch

smallmouth bass while fishing in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh fishing for smallmouth bass under Rachel Carson Bridge

The Details

Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 3:30pm - 5:00pm est. It was about 70 degrees outside, sunny and the water was chocolate colored but clearer near shore where the lure was visible.  I fished in two locations along he Allegheny River from the shore into slower moving pools along the river where I caught the three Smallmouth bass.

The Location

The Fishing Tackle

Gold minnow Panther Martin spinner with red Power bait honey worms

Until next time...

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