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Fish & Boat Commission and Pennsylvania American Water
Announce Opening of Five Water Reservoirs to Fishing in Lackawanna County
October 26, 2011
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Sweet Valley, PA – Pennsylvania American Water and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced the opening of five Pennsylvania American Water reservoirs in Lackawanna County for public fishing. The five new reservoirs that will be open include Curtis, Dunmore #1, Elmhurst, Griffin, and Maple Lake.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Thursday, October 27 was cancelled due to forecasted weather conditions.

The creation of these new public fishing areas was the result of a partnership between Pennsylvania American Water and the Fish and Boat Commission.

“We are very fortunate in this area to benefit from so many natural resources,” stated Dan Hufton, senior director, production, Pennsylvania American Water.  “Pennsylvania American Water is proud to partner with the Fish and Boat Commission to offer residents of Northeast Pennsylvania access to fishing along the shoreline of these five reservoirs.”

“This is a fantastic gift to anglers and residents in northeastern Pennsylvania, and we thank Pennsylvania American Water for their generosity in opening the reservoirs to public fishing,” said John Arway, Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission. “We’re excited any time we can open waterways for people to enjoy the sport of fishing. To make five available at one time is simply remarkable.”

Shoreline fishing at the reservoirs will be allowed, but wading will not be permitted. Boats are also not permitted on the waterways.  Reservoirs will be closed to fishing between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Commonwealth inland fishing rules and regulations and Fish & Boat Commission property regulations apply to this property.  The areas open to fishing have been posted with signs indicating the boundaries. Local anglers can expect to find several different and popular sportfish, including bass, trout, perch and other panfish.

All five reservoirs are located in Lackawanna County: Curtis (Madison Township); Dunmore #1 (Dunmore); Elmhurst (Roaring Brook Township); Griffin (South Abington and Scott townships); and Maple Lake (Spring Brook Township.)  They join two other reservoirs in Northeast Pennsylvania previously opened for shoreline fishing: Comfort Pond in Susquehanna County, and Ceasetown Reservoir, located in Jackson and Lehman townships, Luzerne County.

For questions regarding the announcement, please contact Walt Dietz, Regional Education and Outreach Coordinator at 570-477-2206 or Susan Turcmanovich, Pennsylvania American Water External Affairs Manager at 570-830-6520.

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 fishandboat.com.

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

Susan Turcmanovich, External Affairs Manager, Pennsylvania American Water
570-830-6520
susan.turcmanovich@amwater.com

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