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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Catch & Release Only on the Juniata & Susquehanna?

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) is proposing a catch and release only fishery for the Susquehanna River below Sunbury, PA and also on the Juniata River.  A trend of declining bass populations on these waters is what has prompted the PFBC to propose these new rules.

Commission biologists have recorded a trend of poor reproduction and low populations of smallmouth bass in these two rivers, that formally had reputations as top rate bass fisheries.

Public comments are invited and anglers are encouraged to write the PFBC at:
Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, 
P.O. Box 67000,
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000 

There's a 90 day window to submit your comments beginning on December 18, 2010.  Faxed comments will not accepted but you may submit electronic comments by completing the form at www.fishandboat.com/regcomments  

Whether submitted in writing or electronically be certain to mention the comment is on proposed Rulemaking # 223

Read the entire proposed rulemaking at this link: