Year 2001 Expanded Trout Fishing Opportunities

by Tom Greene, Coldwater Unit Leader

New waters

Chambers Lake, Chester County. The addition of catchable trout management adds diversity to the multi-species fishery in this 89.9-acre impoundment.

Hickory Run, Carbon County. Pending the continuation of water quality improvements, a 1.0-mile stream section from Hickory Run Lake downstream to Saylorsville Dam has been added to the catchable trout program in 2001.

Hickory Run Lake, Carbon County. Pending continued water quality improvements, this 4.2-acre impoundment returns to the catchable trout management program this year.

Lily Pond, Pike County. The addition of this 12.1-acre pond to the catchable trout program provides more angling opportunities near an area of rapid population expansion.

Turtle Creek, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. Recent water quality improvements have led to this water's return to the catchable trout management program. Stocking will take place on the 3.9-mile section from the Saunders Station Bridge on SR 2100 downstream to the confluence with Brush Creek.

Yellow Creek, Mercer County. A 3.2-mile stream section from the SR 0062 bridge downstream to the mouth has been added to the catchable trout program this year.

Expansions to listed waters

Classification changes and/or stocking limit extensions have led to an increased stocking program on the following waters: Angelica Lake, Berks County; North Branch Little Aughwick Creek, Huntingdon/Fulton counties; Little Buffalo Run, Butler County; Clark Creek, Dauphin County; West Branch Conococheague Creek, Franklin County; Cove Creek, Fulton County; Delaware Creek, Juniata County; Hoagland Branch, Sullivan County; Kinzua Creek, McKean County; Leaser Lake, Lehigh County; Little Mahanoy Creek, Schuylkill County; Marvin Creek, McKean County; Medix Run, Elk County; Neifert Creek Flood Control Reservoir, Schuylkill County; Little Schuylkill River, Schuylkill County; Starrucca Creek, Susquehanna County; and Little Yellow Creek, Indiana County.

New Delayed-Harvest area

Piney Creek, Clarion County. Beginning this year, a 1.2-mile section of Piney Creek will be managed under the Delayed-Harvest, Artificial-Lures-Only program. This section will extend from the SR 2016 bridge downstream to 0.2 miles upstream of the SR 0066 bridge.

Loss of Delayed-Harvest area

Harvey Creek, Luzerne County. Landowner posting following the transfer of property along this stream has led to the closure of this area to the angling public. A 1.5-mile section from Jackson Road (T-812) downstream to Pavlick Road (T-497) had been open to angling under the Delayed-Harvest program.

Early warning waters

Lofty Reservoir, Schuylkill County. This reservoir has been drained as part of a dam breaching project. Lofty Reservoir has been removed from the catchable trout program.

Lyman Lake, Potter County. Concerns regarding structural deficiencies and the safety of the dam have led to a drawdown of this impoundment. The lake has been removed from the catchable trout program until these issues can be properly addressed.

Mountain Springs Lake, Luzerne County. This lake has been drained to address concerns regarding the impoundment's structural safety. This water has been removed from the catchable trout program.

Rexmont Dam #2 (Lower), Lebanon County. This dam will be breached because of concerns for the impoundment's structural safety. This water has been removed from the catchable trout program.

Roaring Brook, Lackawanna County. Landowner posting following the transfer of property has led to the removal of a stream section from the catchable trout program. The section extends from the outflow of Elmhurst Reservoir downstream 2.0 miles.

Spring Brook, Lackawanna County. A stream section extending from Nesbitt Reservoir downstream 3.4 miles to the pipeline crossing has been removed from stocking because of landowner posting following the transfer of property. This water had been stocked inseason.

Wapwallopen Creek, Luzerne County. An increase in the amount of landowner posting has led to a stream section's removal from the catchable trout program. The stream section extends 2.2 miles from SR 3011 downstream to SR 3013.

Beech Run, Clearfield County. Because of a recent increase in landowner posting, this water has been removed from the catchable trout program. The stream section extends 2.0 miles from T-336 downstream to the mouth.

Loss of angling opportunities

The following waters will receive a reduction in their allocation for the 2001 season because of an increase in the amount of landowner posting: Antietam Creek, Berks County; Fishing Creek, Clinton County; Harvey Creek, Luzerne County; Big Spring Creek, Cumberland County; and Yellow Creek, Indiana County.


March/April 2001 Angler & Boater


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