Year 2000 Expanded Trout Fishing Opportunities

by Tom Greene, Coldwater Unit Leader

New waters

Canawacta Creek, Susquehanna County. A 2.0-mile stream section from the confluence of the East Branch and South Branch of Canawacta Creek downstream to the mouth has been added to the catchable trout program for the 2000 season. Stocking will be conducted preseason only with the planting of brook, brown and rainbow trout.

Clearfield Creek, Cambria County. Recent water quality improvements have led to the addition of a 5.2-mile stream section to the catchable-trout management program. Brown and rainbow trout will be stocked preseason only from the confluence with Beaverdam Run in Ashville downstream to the T-510 bridge near Condron.

Corey Creek, Tioga County. Located near Mansfield, a 2.1-mile stream section from the T-818 bridge downstream to the T-549 bridge has been added to the catchable trout program. Stocking will include the preseason-only planting of brook, brown and rainbow trout.

Indian Lake, Westmoreland County. The addition of this lake to the catchable trout program provides more angling opportunities near a population center where trout angling opportunities are at a premium. Beginning with the 2000 season, this 4.9-acre lake will receive preseason and inseason plantings of brown and rainbow trout.

Muddy Run, Lancaster County. Major restoration

efforts on this watershed, in conjunction with a comprehensive streambank fencing program, have led to the addition of a 2.7-mile stream section to the catchable-trout management program. Brown and rainbow trout will be stocked preseason and inseason from the SR 0772 crossing northwest of Intercourse, downstream to the powerline crossing.

Water Works Ponds, Erie County. Located in popular Presque Isle State Park, these 6.4-acre ponds provide additional angling opportunities for catchable trout near Erie. Beginning with the 2000 season, these ponds will receive preseason and inseason stockings of brook and brown trout.

Expansions to listed waters

Classification changes and/or stocking limit extensions have led to an increased stocking program on the following waters: Blue Spruce Lake, Indiana County; East Sandy Creek, Clarion County; Fishing Creek, West Branch, Potter County; Hinckston Run, Cambria County; Hokendauqua Creek, Northampton County; Lehigh Canal, Northampton County; Mammoth Dam, Westmoreland County; Pocono Creek, Monroe County; Ross Run, Forest County; Salt Lick Creek, Susquehanna County; Shaffers Run, Somerset County; Skinner Creek, McKean County; Two Mile Run, Upper, Venango County; Upper Woods Pond, Wayne County; Waynesboro Water Co. Reservoir, Adams County; and Whiteley Creek, Greene County.

Restorations

Stocking was canceled on the following waters in 1999 during a period of drawdown to allow for maintenance and repair work. We anticipate that conditions will be suitable to restore catchable trout stocking on both of these waters for the 2000 season: Delaware Canal, Bucks County; and Hidden Lake, Monroe County.

New Delayed-Harvest areas, extensions

Harvey Creek, Luzerne County. Initially, this section was stocked only during the spring as a new addition to the catchable trout program in 1999. Along with the spring plantings, a fall planting will be made during the 2000 season to provide more seasonal angling opportunities.

Little Pine Creek, Lycoming County. Beginning with the 2000 season, this popular Delayed-Harvest area will be extended upstream to the confluence with Otter Run. This 0.1-mile extension will provide better access and parking.

Schrader Creek, Bradford County. Beginning with the 2000 season, a 1.2-mile stream section will be added to the catchable trout program under the Delayed-Harvest, Artificial-Lures-Only program. The new section will extend from the Gamelands 36 boundary downstream to 100 yards below the confluence with Bull Run. Management under the Delayed-Harvest program will provide spring and fall stockings of brook and brown trout.

Early warning waters

Cloe Lake, Jefferson County. This earthen dam has been drained because of concerns pertaining to structural deficiencies and safety. Cloe Lake has subsequently been removed from the catchable trout program.

Mill Brook (Kellum Creek), Pike County. Recent inventory information has confirmed that this water supports an excellent Class A wild brook trout fishery. Stocking will be terminated in favor of wild trout management.

Stone Valley Lake, Huntingdon County. This lake has been drained to allow maintenance work to repair the spillway. This water has been removed from the catchable trout program for the 2000 season.

Loss of angling opportunities

The following waters will receive a reduction in their allocation for the 2000 season because of an increase in landowner posting. In many cases, posting and the loss of angling opportunity are a direct result of poor angler behavior: Mill Creek, Lycoming County; Muddy Creek, South Branch, York County; and Unami Creek, Bucks County.


March/April 2000 Angler & Boater


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