|During the 2008 field season, Fisheries Management staff from the Area 5 and Area 6
offices conducted inventories to monitor the wild trout populations on Kistler Run, Wolf Swamp Run, and
Jeans Run. The examinations were conducted as part of an assessment of wild trout populations managed under the Wild
Brook Trout Enhancement Program. Under these regulations angling is permitted on a year-round basis with no tackle
restrictions, and no brook trout may be harvested from these waters at any time. Commonwealth
Inland Waters regulations apply to other trout species with a seven-inch minimum length limit and five trout per day creel limit from the opening
day of trout season through Labor Day, and no harvest for the remainder of the season.
Backpack electrofishing was conducted at one historic sampling site in each stream to monitor brook trout abundance and size structure. The length of each sample site was 300 m (or 330 yards).
Based on information compiled on wild brook trout waters for the 2002 Trout Summit, the statewide average for legal size wild brook trout (greater than or equal to seven inches in length) from freestone streams was 34 trout/mile. Prior to their placement in the Wild Brook Trout Enhancement Program, wild brook trout populations exceeded the statewide average of 34 legal size brook trout per mile in Kistler Run, Wolf Swamp Run, and Jeans Run. However, by 2006, only Kistler Run (53 legal trout/mile) and Wolf Swamp Run (48 legal trout/mile) remained above the statewide average for legal size wild brook trout. In 2008, the abundance of legal size brook trout fell below the statewide average in each of the streams managed under Wild Brook Trout Enhancement regulations. In addition, larger wild brook trout (greater than or equal to nine inches in length) have not been captured during recent examinations on the study waters. Sampling will continue through the 2010 season to monitor the response of wild brook trout populations to Wild Brook Trout Enhancement regulations.
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