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Lehigh River Fingerling Trout Fin Clip Assessment
April 5, 2011
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Sweet Valley, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission would like help from trout anglers fishing on the Lehigh River during the 2011 season. Commission fisheries biologists are working on the second year of a stocked fingerling trout study and need information on the trout that anglers land from Francis E Walter Dam in Luzerne County downriver to the Cementon Dam in Northampton County.

The information the agency is seeking includes: date, location, fishing mode (shore or boat), total number of trout released and harvested and the species of trout caught and their length. The most critical piece of information is that anglers also record the presence or absence of any adipose or pelvic fin clip.

Anglers will be able to report their information via one of three different means - completing a Lehigh Angler Logbook, visiting a self-serve station or participating in a staff-led field interview request on the April 2nd or April 16th opening days.

The Lehigh River logbook can be found by visiting this website link: http://www.fishandboat.com/images/fisheries/lehigh_river_angler_log_book.pdf.

The self serve stations will be available at select access points along the Lehigh River. The stations will be maintained by the Lehigh Coldwater Fishery Alliance and are part of a partnership with the Fish & Boat Commission. Anglers can simply pickup a post-card sized survey at one of the stations, complete it and mail it.

More information about the study or questions can be addressed to Daryl Pierce, Management Area 5 River Biologist at dapierce@pa.gov or 570-588-6388.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Walt Dietz, Regional Outreach and Education Coordinator
wdietz@pa.gov
570-477-2206

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