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Toms Creek
Pike County
July 8-10, 2003


Toms Creek is a crystal clear freestone stream flowing through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area (DWGNRA) in Lehman Township, Pike County. The stream can be accessed via US Route 209 and anglers can park in the Toms Creek Picnic area. Section 2 of Toms Creek supports a Class A wild brown trout population, it extends 2.1 miles upstream from its confluence with the Delaware River to the DWGNRA boundary. Native brook trout are also present in low numbers. Catch and Release regulations (artificial lures only) are in effect and were implemented on January 1, 1992.

Brown trout

Prior to being incorporated in the DWGNRA, Section 2 was owned by a private rod and gun club. The club did extensive habitat improvement work by installing numerous structures within the 2.1 miles of stream. A total of 48 plunge pools were created using rocks (21), log/wooden jackdams (24), or concrete (3). Additional in-stream habitat was created with the placement of numerous boulders within the stream channel. The National Park Service, assisted by the Stream Habitat Management Section of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, has developed a long-term plan to refurbish the aging structures.

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Fisheries Management 5, assisted by National Park Service personnel, electrofished Toms Creek on July 8-10, 2003 to assess the abundance of wild brown trout. Three sites covering 942 m (3,090 ft, 0.6 mi) of stream were surveyed. A total of 847 brown trout were handled and sizes ranged from 1 to 17 inches. Although harvest is not permissible, 28 percent of the total catch was greater than or equal to 7 inches. Brown trout greater than or equal to 14 inches accounted for 2.5 percent of the trout 7 inches and longer.

Toms Creek

Field observations revealed that many of the pools and stream boulder placement sites at the study sites were beginning to deepen again. The spring high water of 1994 followed by the January Flood of 1996 partially filled in many of the pools and boulder sites with gravel thereby decreasing available habitat for large trout. It is anticipated that the presence of wild brown trout greater than or equal to 14 inches will increase as their habitat is naturally restored.

Toms Creek - Section 2 - Catch and Release Regulations
Species
Size Range
(inches)
Wild Brown Trout
Survey Date
7/03 6/98 7/96** 7/95* 7/93* 7/92 7/91* 7/89
1 21 4 3 - 29 - - -
2 171 165 10 391 335 276 213 88
3 7 1 2 12 28 4 12 5
4 79 56 58 33 166 89 21 107
5 226 189 73 119 155 171 143 163
6 104 89 24 94 57 41 134 58
7 64 42 45 82 44 67 71 30
8 86 33 52 70 32 54 46 29
9 52 47 38 64 33 45 34 16
10 20 26 11 25 16 10 17 11
11 7 11 7 12 5 8 5 1
12 1 6 4 7 9 3 5 5
13 3 4 - 3 3 1 3 2
14 3 5 1 1 4 2 4 1
15 1 - 1 2 4 4 6 1
16 1 1 2 4 4 4 4 -
17 1   - 1 2 2 4 -
18     2     3 2 4
19           2 - 1
20           - 1 1
21           - -  
22           - 1  
23           - -  
24           1 -  
25             1  
Total 847 679 333 920 926 787 727 523
# >= 7 inches 239 175 163 271 156 206 204 102
% >= 7 inches 28 27 49 29 17 26 28 20
% of legal size trout
>= 14 inches
2.5 3.4 4.0 3.0 9.0 8.7 11.3 7.8

 * Drought Years; ** January Flood.

Toms Creek

Toms Creek

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