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Bedford County
June 20-21, 2006

Towed Boat Electrofishing


Located in Bedford County, Yellow Creek is one of many limestone streams found in southcentral Pennsylvania. Yellow Creek flows southeast from its headwaters in the vicinity of Woodbury to its mouth at the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in Hopewell. Yellow Creek provides anglers with the opportunity to fish for wild trout as well as stocked trout. Currently, two sections of stream are stocked with adult trout and open to angling under statewide regulations. For anglers who prefer fishing in special regulation areas, Yellow Creek also offers a Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only area that is stocked with adult trout.

Biologists as well as technicians from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Fisheries Management Division conducted a survey of two historic sites in June at Yellow Creek. One of the sites was located in the vicinity of the Route 36 Bridge within a section of stream managed under statewide regulations. The other site was located in the vicinity of the mouth of Maple Run within the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only area. These surveys will provide insight for future management plans for both of these sections of Yellow Creek.

Wild trout make up a significant contribution of the trout populations of both the sites sampled. Yellow Creek also supports a variety of other cold, cool and warm water fish species that occurred within these sites. These other species include: white sucker, blacknose dace, longnose dace, sculpin, gizzard shad, smallmouth bass, rock bass, cutlips minnow and northern hog sucker. Summary tables depicting total trout caught in these sites are found below.

Total catch of trout for the Yellow Creek site extending 360 yards downstream of the Route 36 Bridge crossing Yellow Creek
Species Total Number Caught Size Range (inches) Total Number of Legal Length Trout
Wild Brown Trout 335 2-16 318
Hatchery Brown Trout 17 8-11 17
Hatchery Brook Trout 1 11 1
Hatchery Rainbow Trout 39 4-14 33

Brown trout
Wild brown trout captured in Yellow Creek

Total catch of trout for the Yellow Creek site extending 284 yards upstream of the confluence of Maple Run
Species Total Number Caught Size Range (inches) Total Number of Legal Length Trout
Wild Brown Trout 159 2-16 146
Hatchery Brown Trout 13 8-14 13
Hatchery Brook Trout 12 10-15 12
Hatchery Rainbow Trout 32 4-17 31
Golden Rainbow Trout 2 17 2

 

 
-- John Frederick, Area 7 Fisheries Technician

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