Trout fisherman Gary Lee Madole will kick off Opening Day.

LDR photo/Aaron Jennings
Gary Lee Madole shows off his fishing skills at Bennett Spring. Madole has been chosen as the 2017 whistle-blower for Opening Day of trout season at Bennett Spring State Park.

By: 
AARON JENNINGS AARON@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Gary Lee Madole, 74, a passionate trout angler and longtime supporter of Bennett Spring, was shocked when he found out Thursday night that he would be the official whistle blower on Opening Day.
 
The announcement was made during a portion of the 2017 trout pre-season meeting at The Bennett Room where park officials present information about the upcoming trout season.
 
“Me and Ella (Madole’s wife) always go to the meetings to learn what to expect each year at the park. I just couldn’t believe it. It’s such an honor. I’ve always wanted to do it. If you fish as much as me and you hear that whistle twice a day — before long — you feel like you could push the button,” Madole said.
 
Every year, the park bestows the special privilege of sounding the Opening Day siren, becoming the “whistle-blower,” to someone who has a history with Bennett Spring and trout fishing. Hatchery Manager Ben Havens says picking Madole was a “no-brainer” for him and his employees at the hatchery. In a previous interview, Havens explained that Madole is a fine example of a friendly fisherman, and he has made a name for himself as a “voice of the stream.”
 
“We’re very fortunate at Bennett (Spring) to have wonderful people in this community,” Havens explained.

 

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