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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pennsylvania Announces Some Changes in Their Fisheries Management & Recreation

At their most recent meeting, The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) added eight trout steams in Venango, Warren, Blair, Huntingdon, Lycoming and Potter counties to their list of Class A self sustaining trout streams.

Little Juniata River fared well too with an additional 19.7 miles of river listed as a wild trout river.

Steelhead anglers gained 2,600 feet on Elk Creek on the Tome property through an easement to allow access to fishermen.  Through an arrangement and grant with the Girard Borough, the PFBC has engineered an additional 5,310 feet of access on Elk Creek.  Granted some of this was already accessible and used by anglers, but now it will be locked in for that purpose.

River herring might get some respect too. The PFBC has decided to pursue a rulemaking change for a closed season on the Delaware River, West Branch Delaware River and River Estuary, the Lehigh River, the Schuylkill River and their tributaries, and the Conowingo Reservoir.  Protection for this important forage species is long overdue.