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Trout Water Classifications
Biologists surveying trout waters - tributary to Laurel Hill Creek, Trindle Spring Run and Bushkill Creek
Trout water categories linked below lead to listings of waters. To view approved trout waters and Class A wild trout streams on an interactive map, visit our County Guide. Similarly, visit our special regulation area interactive map page to view those waters.
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Approved Trout Waters
These waters have significant portions that are open to public fishing and are stocked with trout by the Commission.

Class A Wild Trout Streams
Streams that support a population of wild (natural reproduction) trout of sufficient size and abundance to support a long-term and rewarding sport fishery. The Commission does not stock these streams.
Bullet Streams being considered for wild trout designation

Special Regulation Areas
Waters that have tackle, harvest or other restrictions. There are a number of different regulation categories. Generally these waters can be fished year-round.

Stream Sections that Support Natural Reproduction of Trout
Stream sections supporting naturally reproducing populations of trout. A wild trout stream section is a biological designation that does not determine how it is managed, therefore, these streams may also be stocked with hatchery trout by the Commission.
Bullet Streams being considered for wild trout designation

Wilderness Trout Streams
Wilderness trout stream management is based upon the provision of a wild trout fishing experience in a remote, natural and unspoiled environment where man's disruptive activities are minimized. Established in 1969, this option was designed to protect and promote native (brook trout) fisheries, the ecological requirements necessary for natural reproduction of trout and wilderness aesthetics. The superior quality of these watersheds is considered an important part of the overall angling experience on wilderness trout streams. Therefore, all stream sections included in this program qualify for the Exceptional Value (EV) special protected water use classification, which represents the highest protection status provided by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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Important Note to Anglers - Many waters in Pennsylvania are on private property, the listing or mapping of waters by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission does not guarantee public access. Always obtain permission to fish on private property.
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