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June 14 – July 2, 2004
Sampling Gear: Backpack electrofishing gear

During the months of June and July, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Area 8 Fisheries Management crew conducted surveys on several stream sections managed with stockings of legal size trout. These streams are resurveyed about every ten years based on a rotation. The surveys are conducted to maintain accurate updated data on the streams so changes can be made (if necessary) to the stocking of the stream, to make other management changes or recommendations, and to make the data available to other resource entities. Each resurvey can include from one to three sites on a particular stream. Each site is usually a 219 yard stretch of stream that has been historically surveyed to maintain some consistency in the survey method. Each site is chosen to be representative of the stream section that is to be surveyed.

Fisheries Intern Matt Somogyi holding a hatchery rainbow trout and smallmouth bass from Elk Lick Creek, Somerset County
Fisheries Intern Matt Somogyi holding a hatchery rainbow trout and smallmouth bass from Elk Lick Creek, Somerset County

So far this summer we have surveyed the trout stocked sections on 11 streams. Our findings show there are still good numbers of trout left in the streams that are available to anglers. On Flaugherty Creek, located in Somerset County, we found 37 hatchery trout in a 219 yard site. This is a large number of trout in a small stretch of stream, equal to about 17 trout for every 100 yards of stream. On Bens Ck (also in Somerset County) we saw 26 hatchery trout including a large 20-inch rainbow in one site. This is evidence that a trophy size trout can still be caught into the summer months in Pennsylvania trout stocked streams. Although many trout-stocked streams do not hold trout year round, we have had good conditions for holding trout so far in 2004 with cooler and rainy weather. Repine Run in Indiana County did contain several wild brown trout along with hatchery trout. On the eleven streams surveyed so far, the average size trout has been 10 inches long, and the average number of fish per site is ten. Another way of presenting this is a “skilled angler” can catch their limit of 5 trout in 100 yards of stream. Overall, the trout seem to be healthy and still in good shape.

Area Fisheries Manager Rick Lorson, Fisheries Biologist Aide Jeremy Marron, and Fisheries Intern Matt Somogyi sampling Elk Lick Creek, Somerset County
Area Fisheries Manager Rick Lorson, Fisheries Biologist Aide Jeremy Marron, and Fisheries Intern Matt Somogyi sampling Elk Lick Creek, Somerset County

One factor also common to streams surveyed is the number of anglers. We have yet to come across an angler while out on these surveys. We are not in the field on the weekends, but we suspect there have not been many anglers out fishing these streams since about Memorial Day. Anglers should be aware there is still a great opportunity to fish for stocked trout beyond the spring months of April and May.

Summary of stocked trout sampled from Southwest Pennsylvania Approved Trout Waters in June and July

Stream Site Total number
of trout
Average number of
trout per 100 yards
Average size
(inches)
Range of sizes
(inches)
Repine Run
(Indiana County)
1
2
12
6
6
3
9
9
7 to 11
7 to 10
Elk Lick Creek
(Somerset County)
1
2
7
20
3
9
10
10
9 to 11
8 to 12
Bens Creek
(Somerset County)
1
2
26
12
12
5
10
9
7 to 20
7 to 11
Flaugherty Creek
(Somerset County)
1
2
3
8
22
37
4
10
17
10
9
8
7 to 12
6 to 12
6 to 13
Little Piney Creek
(Somerset County)
1
2
0
25
0
11
--
10
--
8 to 12
Kooser Run
(Somerset County)
1
2
3
0
4
21
0
2
10
--
9
9
--
8 to 11
7 to 12
Kimberly Run
(Somerset County)
1
2
2
8
1
4
12
10
11 to 12
8 to 13
Tub Mill Run
(Somerset County)
1
2
9
28
4
13
10
10
8 to 13
7 to 12
Pike Run
(Washington County)
1
2
3
4
0
0
2
0
0
10
--
--
8 to 11
--
--
Mingo Creek
(Washington County)
1
2
3
0
2
2
0
1
1
--
10
9
--
9 to 10
7 to 10
Little Chartiers Creek
(Washington County)
1
2
8
7
4
4
11
10
9 to 14
8 to 13
Average number of trout per site was 10 Average number of trout per 100 yards was 5
 
-- Jeremy Marron, Area 8 Fisheries Biologist Aide

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