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Adult Trout Stocking Program Changes
2016
Another truckload of family fishing funThe Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) will stock approximately 3.2 million adult trout in the waters of the Commonwealth open to public angling. This figure is based on trout produced at PFBC hatcheries. As with past practice, the average size of trout produced for stocking will be 11 inches long.

Changes this season include new waters, waters restored to the stocking program, and the removal of waters from the stocking program.

New waters and waters restored
to the stocking program
Roaring Brook, Lackawanna County

Adult trout stocking will be reinstated on the 2.0 mile section of stream extending from Elmhurst Reservoir downstream to 550 meters downstream of the confluence with Rock Bottom Creek. Stocking was cancelled in this section of stream in 2015 due to bridge replacement on the road that leads to this section of stream.

Wolf Creek, Mercer County

A classification change stemming from an increase in human population density and a 0.5 mile extension of the stocking limits will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this stream. The revised stocking limits will extend for a distance 3.01 miles from East Pine Street in Grove City downstream to 300 feet downstream of the Airport Road Bridge. Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout will be stocked during the preseason and inseason stocking periods.

Changes in stocking practices
Beginning in the fall of 2012 adult trout stocking was discontinued in favor of fingerling trout stocking on five stream sections managed under Catch-and-Release Fly-Fishing Only regulations. Fingerling trout were stocked during the fall on an annual basis in these stream sections from 2012 through 2014. The survival of fingerling trout was monitored annually through the 2015 field season to determine if a fishery could be supported by stocking fingerling trout in these sections of stream. Results from these evaluations revealed that fingerling trout survival was consistently poor on each of the stream sections. Therefore, fingerling trout stocked has been discontinued and the following stream sections will be stocked with adult trout beginning in the spring of 2016.

Caldwell Creek, Warren County - 1.5 miles, from the Selkirk Bridge (SR 3004) downstream to Stony Hollow Run located 0.5 miles upstream of Dotyville Bridge.

Donegal Creek, Lancaster County- 2.2 miles, from 0.2 miles downstream from the SR 0772 Bridge downstream to the T-334 Bridge.

Green Spring Creek, Cumberland County – 1.2 miles, from 0.4 miles upstream from the Bullshead Road Bridge (T-398) downstream to the mouth.

Little Sandy Creek, Venango County – 1.3 miles, from the old Bridge at Polk Center Pump House downstream to the Savannah Road Bridge (SR 3024).

White Deer Creek, Union County – 3.2 miles, from the Centre/Union County line downstream to the Cooper Mill Road Bridge.

Early warning waters (removed from stocking list)

Blymire Hollow Run, York County

Based on the presence of a Class A wild Brown Trout population, adult trout stocking will be terminated on a 1.4 mile section of stream extending from the Mont Road (T-580) Bridge downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason only basis.

Chapman Dam Reservoir, Warren County

This 68-acre impoundment will be removed from the adult trout-stocking program in 2016 due to a dewatering of the dam to allow for maintenance repairs to the dam. The impoundment is owned by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Cold Stream Dam, Centre County

This 9.9-acre Philipsburg Borough impoundment will be removed from the adult trout-stocking program in 2016 due to a drawdown to allow for maintenance repairs to the dam.

Double Run, Sullivan County

Based on the presence of a Class A wild Brook Trout population, adult trout stocking will be terminated on the 2.0 mile section of stream extending from the Shrewsbury and Forks township line downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason-only basis.

French Creek, Chester County

Landowner posting has resulted in a substantial loss of angler access to an 8.4 mile section of stream extending from Hollow Road (SR 1033) downstream to SR 0023. Therefore, stocking limits will be revised in 2016 to the sections of stream that remain open to angling. The revised sections will extend for a distance of 1.46 miles from SR 1033 (Hollow Road) downstream to the T-481 Bridge (Hoffecker Road) and for 3.1 miles, from the unnamed tributary upstream of West Seven Stars Road (T-522) downstream to SR 0023.

George B. Stevenson Reservoir, Cameron County

This 142-acre impoundment will be removed from the adult trout-stocking program in 2016 due to a drawdown to allow for maintenance repairs to the dam. The impoundment is owned by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Slate Lick Run, Cambria County

Access limitations stemming from an increase in landowner posting and documented low angler use has led to the removal of the 1.90 mile section of stream extending from Marra Road downstream to the confluence with Burgoon Run.

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