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Adult Trout​ Stocking Program Changes - 2022

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 - 2022 Adult Trout Stocking Schedule Now Available!

Waters Added or Extended

Dunbar Creek, Fayette County

Due to improved access, the stocked portion of the stream was extended 0.6-mile upstream.  The revised stocking limits will extend 2.3 miles from 1.7 mile upstream of Furnace Hill Road bridge downstream to the Sheepskin Trail crossing downstream of the ballfield.

Mugser Run, Columbia County
An in-season stocking will be added to the 4.7-mile section of stream extending from Fisherdale Road bridge downstream to the mouth.  Formerly, this water had been stocked only during the preseason.

Oswayo Creek, Potter County
Located near the Borough of Shinglehouse, an 8.1-mile section of stream extending from Post Hollow Road bridge downstream to Horse Run Road bridge 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.

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.

Cold Stream, Centre 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 1.3-mile section of stream extending from the State Game Lands boundary downstream to the inflow of Cold Stream Dam.  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 Black Moshannon Creek and Cold Stream Dam, Centre County.

Eddy Lick Run, Centre County
A decrease in stream access has led to the removal of trout stocking from a 3.2-mile section of stream extending from the first unnamed tributary 1.4 mile upstream of Fetzer Hollow 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 Black Moshannon Creek, Centre County.

Dingmans Creek, Pike County
A decrease in stream access has led to the removal of trout stocking from a 1.6-mile section of stream extending from Deer Leap Falls downstream to the Dingmans Falls.  Formerly, this water was included in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) program and stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods.  A nearby water will be added to the DHALO program for 2023.

Middle Branch Genesee River, 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 5.7-mile section of stream extending from the Gazdag Road bridge 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 Oswayo Creek, Potter County.

Neshaminy Creek, Bucks County
A consumption advisory issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has led to the removal of trout stocking from the 1.9-mile section of stream extending from the second unnamed tributary 0.25 mile upstream of Valley Road bridge downstream to the second unnamed tributary 0.53 mile downstream of Mill Road bridge and from the 1.0-mile section of stream extending from the dam above the Tyler State Park causeway downstream to the Richboro Road bridge.  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 the Delaware Canal and Tohicken Creek, Bucks County.

West Branch Genesee River, 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 4.9-mile section of stream extending from the confluence of Rose Lake Run 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 Oswayo Creek, Potter County.