BIOLOGIST REPORT

Little Fishing Creek  


Little Fishing Creek arises from springs on the slopes of Nittany Mountain at the head of Greens Valley in Centre County.  The stream flows through a heavily forested valley to Mingoville where it enters a limestone valley and eventually sinks.  The stream re-emerges near Hublersburg and flows through a large intensively farmed valley before joining Fishing Creek near Lamar.  The upper section flows through predominately public land (Bald Eagle State Forest) and access is somewhat poor, limited to Greens Valley Road, which parallels the stream but only crosses at one point.

The upper reaches of Little Fishing Creek was surveyed on June 22, 2000 as part of a statewide evaluation of our Class A wild trout fisheries.  The stream contains mostly brook trout with slimy sculpin, blacknose dace and a few brown trout also present.  These species are typical of coldwater streams in Pennsylvania.  The stream has been sampled annually for the past three years and population estimates are summarized below:

3.78 5.07

 

1998 1999 2000
Size #/acre lbs/acre #/acre lbs/acre #/acre lbs/ac
2"  615 2.70 633 2.72 39   0.17
3" 53   0.81 223 3.59 45 0.68
4" 315 10.64 434 10.48 106 3.50
5" 196 12.89 186 10.28 181 11.96
6" 134 13.50 78 7.13 181 18.34
7" 69 10.74 29 3.85      22 3.48
8" 173.7826 5.07 9 1.90
9" 5 1.49  

6 1.56
Totals 1404 56.55

1609 43.12 589 41.59

This section maintains an excellent population of wild brook trout, with good numbers of legal size (7-inch+) fish present.  Slight reductions in biomass during 1999 and 2000 are probably reflective of drought conditions and temporary loss of habitat during low water periods.  Annual sampling at this site will continue through 2002.

-- Coldwater Unit


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