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Fish and Boat Commission Lifts Limits
on Schuylkill County’s Upper Owl Creek Reservoir
May 3, 2011
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is encouraging anglers to visit the upper Owl Creek Reservoir in Schuylkill County and harvest as many fish as they can before the lake is drawn down this spring and construction begins to repair the facility.

“Removing all harvest restrictions provides additional recreational opportunities for anglers and can help reduce the number of fish that could potentially be stranded when the water level drops,” said Dave Miko, chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management. “Once the draining of the upper lake begins, all public access to the facility will be prohibited.”

The upper and lower Owl Creek reservoirs are owned by the Borough of Tamaqua and are scheduled to be rebuilt by the summer of 2012. The lower reservoir has already been drawn down. The two reservoirs drain into a class A wild trout stream.

Yesterday, the PFBC lifted all seasons, sizes and creel limits on the upper reservoir in anticipation of the drawdown, which will begin as soon as the borough receives approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The temporary modification will remain in effect until further notice but in no event will it remain in place after January 1, 2012. All other rules and regulations remain in effect.

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

Eric Levis

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