2023 ADULT STOCKING PROGRAM CHANGES
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 - 2023 Adult Trout Stocking Schedule Now Available!
WATERS ADDED OR EXTENDED
Kinzua Creek, McKean County
A fall stocking will be added to the 4.7-mile section of stream managed under Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) regulations, extending from the Guffey Road bridge downstream to the Allegheny National Forest boundary near Westline. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason and in-season only basis.
Pine Creek, Tioga County
A fall stocking will be added to the 3.4-mile section of stream managed under DHALO regulations, extending from Marsh Creek downstream to Bear Run. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason and in-season only basis.
South Branch Tunkhannock Creek, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties
A fall stocking will be added to the 1-mile section of stream managed under DHALO regulations, extending from the State Route 6 bridge downstream through the Keystone College campus. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason and in-season only basis.
Sheppard-Meyers Reservoir, York County
This 46.9-acre impoundment will be reinstated into the trout stocking program with a preseason stocking. Maintenance and repairs to the dam have been completed and the reservoir is scheduled to be refilled to full pool in the early spring of 2023. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason only basis.
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.
Childrens Lake, Cumberland County
This 8.9-acre impoundment will be temporarily removed from the trout stocking program due to a complete drawdown of the lake currently underway to allow for maintenance and repairs to the dam. Maintenance and repairs are scheduled to be completed in 2023, and the lake will be reinstated to the trout stocking program once conditions allow following refill.
Neshannock Creek, Lawrence and Mercer counties
A decrease in stream access has led to the removal of trout stocking from a 3.6-mile section of stream extending from the Interstate 80 (I-80) bridge downstream to the Cannery Road bridge. The remaining sections of the stream, from the headwaters downstream to the I-80 bridge and from the Cannery Road bridge downstream to the mouth, will continue to be stocked during the preseason and in-season stocking periods.
Seven Mountains Boy Scout Pond, Centre County
This 2.5-acre impoundment will be removed from the adult trout stocking program due to a complete drawdown of the pond to allow for maintenance and repairs to the dam and spillway. Maintenance and repairs are scheduled to be completed in 2023, and the pond will be reinstated to the trout stocking program once conditions allow following refill.