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Adult Trout​ Stocking Program Changes - 2021

Each year, the PFBC adjusts its adult trout stocking program based on several factors. A waterway may be added, extended, reinstated or removed depending on existing or pending changes to angler access, changes to designations on streams managed for wild trout populations, water quality issues that may threaten the survival of stocked trout, and maintenance being performed to dams and other infrastructure that result in the drawdown of impoundments or decreased water flow.

PRESS RELEASE - 2021 Adult Trout Stocking Schedule Now Available!

Waters Added or Extended

Beaver Creek, Snyder County
Located near the town of Beaver Springs, a 3.2-mile section of stream extending from 0.5 mile downstream from Snyder Avenue bridge (near Three Rivers Church) downstream to the mouth will be added to the adult trout stocking program. Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout will be stocked during the preseason and in-season stocking periods.

Charleston Creek, Tioga County
Located in the Borough of Wellsboro, a 2.1-mile section of stream extending from the outflow of Hamilton Lake downstream to the mouth will be added to the adult trout stocking program. Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout will be stocked during the preseason and in-season stocking periods.

First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Potter County
An in-season stocking will be added to the 4.1-mile section of stream extending from the confluence of Prouty Run and Borie Branch downstream to Gravel Lick Run. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason only basis.

Kinzua Creek, McKean County
Due to a change in management strategy, a stocked portion of the stream was extended 0.3- mile upstream. The revised stocking limits will extend 5.3 miles from the Allegheny National Forest boundary near Westline downstream to 200 meters downstream to Allegheny National Forest Road 15.

Little Pine Creek, Lycoming County
Due to improved access, the stocked portion of the stream was extended 0.4-mile upstream. The revised stocking limits will extend 1.7 miles from the Sate Game Lands boundary 0.4 mile upstream from Bonnell Run downstream to English Run (English Center).

Middle Creek, Snyder County
Due to a change in management strategy, a stocked portion of the stream was extended 0.6- mile upstream. The revised stocking limits will extend 8.2 miles from 0.6 mile upstream from Covered Bridge Road downstream to 0.5 mile downstream of the State Route 522 bridge in Middleburg.

Peters Creek, Allegheny County
Located near the City of Clairton, a 5.4-mile section of stream extending from Piney Fork downstream to the bend downstream of Montour Run Trail parking area will be added to the adult trout stocking program. Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout will be stocked during the preseason and in-season stocking periods.

Stony Fork, Tioga County
An in-season stocking will be added to the 2.3-mile section of stream extending from Paint Run downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason only basis.

West Creek, Cameron County
A preseason stocking will be added to the 8.4-mile section of stream extending from the Rathbun bridge downstream to State Route 3001 bridge in Howard Siding. Formerly, this water had been stocked on an in-season only basis.

Whipple Lake, Huntingdon County
Adult trout stocking will be reinstated in this 17-acre impoundment following the completion of dredging and maintenance to the dam. The lake will be stocked during the preseason and in-season stocking periods.

Waters Replaced

When survey data suggests that a waterway is no longer suitable for adult trout stocking based on a loss of angler access, environmental factors, or designation as a Class A wild trout stream, the PFBC makes every attempt to reallocate fish to a comparable location nearby. When inadequate angler access is the reason for a removal, locations are monitored for improvement, so these waters can be considered for reinstatement to the stocking program if access is improved. When a water is designated as a Class A wild trout stream, it is among the "best of the best" of the wild trout streams in Pennsylvania. These streams support a population of natural reproducing trout of sufficient size and abundance that support a long-term and rewarding fishery, and do not require stocking to sustain the fishery. Removing a newly designated Class A stream from the Stocked Trout Waters (STW) program allows the PFBC to optimize stocked trout angling opportunities by establishing a new STW in a nearby water or improving existing opportunities in a nearby STW by increasing the allocation of fish stocked during the preseason and/or in-season stocking periods.

Asaph Run, Tioga County
Based on the presence of a mixed Class A wild Brook Trout and wild Brown Trout population, trout stocking will be discontinued in favor of wild trout management on the 2.9-mile section of stream extending from the confluence of the Left Branch Asaph and Right Branch Asaph runs downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water was stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in Charleston Creek and Stony Fork, Tioga County.

Brewer Run, McKean County
An increase in landowner posting has led to the removal of trout stocking from a 2.8-mile section of stream extending from the bridge on Right-of-Way Road downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in Kinzua Creek, McKean County.

Freeman Run, Potter County
Based on the presence of a Class A wild Brown Trout population, trout stocking will be discontinued in favor of wild trout management on the 7.4-mile section of stream extending from the confluence of Bark Shanty Hollow downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water was stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek and West Creek, Cameron, Elk, and Potter counties.

Mountain Branch, Centre County
A decrease in stream access due to deteriorating road conditions has led to the removal of trout stocking from a 2.0-mile section of stream extending from Trim Root Run downstream to the unnamed tributary 0.2 mile upstream of the mouth. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in Cold Stream Dam, Centre County.

Straight Creek, Elk County
A decrease in stream access has led to the removal of trout stocking from a 2.8-mile section of stream extending from the first bridge upstream from Naval Hollow downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water was stocked on an in-season only basis. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in Hoffman Run, Elk County.