After catching our limit of chinook salmon in the early morning on Marsh Creek, my husband Tim took me to "the dam," a place he said is popular with anglers.
It's in the northeast area of the Waterport Reservoir Dam, nicknamed the Oak Orchard Dam. The dam controls the water flow that runs under Route 18.
Anglers were lined up on each side of the pool before the dam wall, shoulder to shoulder, casting lines and vying for a salmon.
To me, it looked like a nut house. I took one look at a hundred-plus people and thought they were insane. It reminded me of some places here in
Pennsylvania on the opening day of trout, but worse.
Soon, we saw tangled lines and frustrated fishermen, and heard the lucky ones scream, "Fish on!"
When a angler gets a salmon on the line, he moves up or down the line - depending on which direction the fish is headed - while others who are fishing quickly reel in their lines and move.
I stared at my husband, with an appalled look on my face and said "No (expletive deleted) way."
He laughed at me.
Walking up and down the top of the dam, I couldn't imagine fishing this way, not even for my first time salmon fishing in general.
We watched for a while, smiling and laughing at the anglers, not to make fun but in disbelief that anyone would want to fish this way.
I have always said, to each their own, and, let me tell you, the people fishing there actually enjoyed it.
I snapped a few photos, and anglers gave the thumbs-up. One man who had already caught his limit smiled and laughed when I asked how could he could fish like this.
He responded: "They call it the nut hole. I just love it."
I thought, "The nut hole? No kidding."