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Adult Trout​ Stocking Program Changes - 2020

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 - 2020 Adult Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available!

Waters Added or Extended

Chapman Dam Reservoir, Warren County

Adult trout stocking will be reinstated at this 68-acre state park lake following the completion of maintenance and repairs to the dam and spillway. The lake will be stocked during the preseason, in-season, and winter stocking periods.

Cold Stream, Centre County

Due to an increase in accessibility, the stocked portion of the stream was extended by 0.3 mile upstream. The revised stocking limits will extend for 1.3-mile from the State Game Lands boundary downstream to the inflow of Cold Stream Dam.

Deer Creek, Allegheny County

Due to an increase in accessibility, the stocked portion of the stream was extended by 0.3 mile downstream. The revised stocking limits will extend for 6.8-mile from the lower Rose Ridge golf property boundary downstream to 0.56 mile below Rich Hill (T-662) road bridge.

Donegal Lake, Westmoreland County

Adult trout stocking will be reinstated at this 90-acre PFBC lake following the completion of maintenance and repairs to the dam. The lake will be stocked during the preseason, in-season, and fall stocking periods.

East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Potter County

An in-season stocking will be added to the 6.4-mile section of stream extending from Mud Lick Run downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis.

Minsi Lake, Northampton County

Adult trout stocking will be reinstated at this 122-acre PFBC lake following the completion of maintenance and repairs to the dam. The lake will be stocked during the preseason, in-season, and fall stocking periods.

Swift Run, Snyder County

Due to an increase in accessibility, the stocked portion of the stream was extended 0.8-mile upstream. The revised stocking limits will extend for 2.0 miles from Sandhill Road downstream to the mouth of the stream. An in-season stocking will be added to this water. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis. 

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.

Akeley Run, Warren County

An increase in landowner posting has led to the removal of trout stocking at a 2.3-mile section of stream extending from the confluence of Reynolds and Priest Hollow runs downstream to Widdlefield Run. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in Jackson Run, Warren County.

Brooks Run, Cameron County

Based on the presence of a Class A wild Brook Trout population, trout stocking will be discontinued in favor of wild trout management on the section of stream extending from the state forest road bridge 1.8 miles upstream of the mouth 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, Cameron and Potter counties.

East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, 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 3.3-mile section of stream extending from Dolliver Trail downstream to Wild Boy Run. 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 following Cameron and Potter county waters: East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Section 05, and First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek.

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 1.2-mile section of stream extending from Camp Run downstream to Mud Lick Run. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in the following Cameron and Potter county waters: East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Section 05, and First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek.

Sheppard-Meyers Reservoir, York County

This 47-acre impoundment will be temporarily removed from the adult trout stocking program due to a complete drawdown of the reservoir to allow for maintenance and repairs to the dam and the spillway. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Repairs are scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2022, and the reservoir will be reinstated to the adult trout stocking program once conditions allow following refill. Anglers are encouraged to take advantage of other nearby Stocked Trout Waters, including Codorus Creek, East Branch Codorus Creek, and South Branch Codorus Creek in York County.

Swift Run, Snyder 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 3.8-mile section of stream extending from the unnamed tributary at river-mile 6.78 downstream to T-469 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 Swift Run, Section 04, and Middle Creek, Snyder County.

Whipple Lake, Huntingdon County

This 22-acre impoundment will be temporarily removed from the adult trout stocking program due to a complete drawdown of the lake to allow for dredging and maintenance to the dam. Formerly, this water was stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods. Maintenance is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020, and the lake will be reinstated to the adult trout stocking program once conditions allow following refill. Anglers are encouraged to take advantage of other nearby Stocked Trout Waters, including Greenwood Lake, Lake Perez, Laurel Run, and Standing Stone Creek in Huntingdon County.