|HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 22) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 5, in Waterville to discuss potential regulatory changes on a section of Pine Creek in Lycoming County.
The meeting will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Tiadaghton Resource Management Center, 10 Lower Pine Bottom Road, Waterville, PA 17776-9678.
PFBC Fisheries Management staff will discuss a potential change to the regulations which would extend the current 1.2 mile delayed harvest, artificial lures only (DHALO) section downstream of Slate Run an additional 1.6 miles to Bonnell Run.
The 1.6 mile reach is currently managed as an approved trout water open to year-round fishing. Waters with this designation are open to fishing from March 1 through the opening day of trout season on a catch and release basis, with no trout allowed to be taken or possessed.
Standard approved trout waters regulations apply for the remainder of the year as follows: from 8 a.m. on the opening day of trout season through Labor Day, anglers can keep five fish per day and can use all tackle, including natural bait. From January 1 through the last day of February, and from the day after Labor Day through December 31, “extended season” size and creel limits for trout apply.
Under DHALO regulations, fishing is permitted year-round, but no trout may be harvested prior to June 15. From June 15 to sunset on Labor Day, anglers can keep three trout per day and the fish must be at least nine inches. Tackle is limited to artificial lures and flies.
After reviewing the public comments, staff will provide a recommendation on the proposal to the Board of Commissioners for consideration at an upcoming quarterly meeting.
Eric Levis, Press Secretary