Pennsylvania FBC Announces Trout Stocking Schedule for 2014
| February 3, 2014
HARRISBURG, Pa. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that the 2014 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online at www.fishandboat.com.

Anglers can easily search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates of interest. To make the list, simply go to www.fishandboat.com, click on the link for Trout Stocking 2014, select a county and enter start and end dates from the calendars at the top of the page. Then press "Go."

The search results will provide each body of water within a county that is scheduled for stocking, the section of water, the date, the species of trout, the meeting place and time, the hatchery stocking the section, the regulations that apply, and the latitude/longitude number.

"The PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 731 streams and 124 lakes open to public angling," said Dave Miko, Chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management. "These figures include approximately 2.01 million rainbow trout; 647,000 brown trout; and 527,000 brook trout. As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length."

In addition to these fish, the PFBC plans to stock about 8,500 trophy golden rainbow trout that weigh an average of 1.5 pounds and measure at least 14 inches long. Also, cooperative nurseries run by sportsmen's clubs across the state will add another 1 million trout to waters close to them.

About 53% of the trout are stocked prior to opening day; 43% are stocked between opening day and the end of May; and the remaining 4% are stocked from October through February of the following year.

The 2014 season will open March 22 for the second annual Mentored Youth Day on 12 waters in 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.

The following weekend - March 29 - kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties.

A second Mentored Youth Day will be held on April 5, the Saturday before the April 12 regular opening day of trout season.

Click here for more information about the youth program.

Changes for the 2014 season include new waters, stocking extensions on waters as a result of classification upgrades, waters restored to the stocking program, and the removal of waters from the stocking program.

Changes for the 2014 season include:

New waters, stocking extensions, and waters restored to the stocking program

Orrtanna Pond, Adams County

This 4.9-acre pond has been added to the stocking program for the 2014 season. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason stocking period.

Canoe Creek Lake, Blair County

A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 155-acre impoundment. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason, inseason, and winter stocking periods.

Poe Lake, Centre County

A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 24-acre impoundment. Rainbow trout and brook trout will be stocked during the preseason distribution period and rainbow trout will be stocked during the inseason and fall stocking periods.

West Branch Susquehanna River, Clearfield County

Adult trout stocking will commence in a 2.8 mile section of stream located near Curwensville, PA. The stocking limits will extend from the confluence with Anderson Creek downstream to SR 2024 at Porters Bridge. Brown trout and rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason stocking period.

Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek, Elk County

Adult trout stocking will be initiated on a 4.55 mile section of stream located near Benezette, PA. The stocking limits will extend from the Jay/Benezette Township boundary downstream to 330 yards downstream of the T-434 Station Road Bridge. Rainbow trout and brown trout will be stocked during the preseason stocking period.

Laurel Run Reservoir, Elk County

A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 92-acre reservoir. Brook trout will be stocked during the preseason distribution period, and brook trout and brown trout will be stocked during the inseason, and fall stocking periods.

Cloe Lake, Jefferson County

A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 25.5-acre impoundment. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason, inseason, and winter stocking periods.

Lake Took a While, Luzerne County

A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 24-acre impoundment. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason, inseason, and fall stocking periods.

Jones Mill Run, Somerset County

An extension in the length of stream receiving trout stocking will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to a 4.8 mile section of stream extending from the first bridge downstream of Becks Spring downstream to the backwaters of Laurel Hill Lake. Brook trout will be stocked during the preseason distribution period and brook trout and brown trout will be stocked during the inseason stocking period.

Laurel Hill Lake, Somerset County

A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 63-acre impoundment. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason, inseason, and fall stocking periods.

Lake Winola, Wyoming County

A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 198-acre lake. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason and inseason stocking periods.

Oxbow Lake, Wyoming County

A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 60-acre lake. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason and inseason stocking periods.

North Branch Muddy Creek, York County

A classification change stemming from an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to the 3.7 mile section of stream extending from the SR 2075 Laurel Road Bridge downstream to the mouth. Brown trout and rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason and inseason stocking periods.

Sheppard-Myers Reservoir, York County

Adult trout stocking will be reinstated in this 47-acre reservoir. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason stocking period.


Early Warning Waters

Shobers Run, Bedford County

Due to an increase in landowner posting, adult trout stocking will be discontinued on a 1.5 mile section of stream extending from the upstream boundary of the Elks Country Club downstream to the mouth.

Jack Dent Branch, Clearfield County

Based on the confirmation of the presence of a Class A wild brook trout population, adult trout stocking will be terminated on a 1.75 mile section of stream extending from the first Jack Dent Road Bridge downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason-only basis.

Little Clearfield Creek, Clearfield County

Access limitations stemming from an increase in landowner posting has led to the removal of a 4.3 mile section of stream extending from 0.2 miles upstream of the SR 2023 Bridge (Turkey Hill Bridge) downstream to the confluence with Laurel Run.

Trout Run, Lancaster County

Adult trout stocking will be discontinued on this 0.75 mile section of stream extending from the confluence with an unnamed tributary downstream to the mouth due to access limitations for stocking. Formerly, this water had been stocked on a preseason only basis.

Yellow Creek, Mercer County

Adult trout stocking will be discontinued on the 3.2 mile section of stream extending from the SR 0062 Bridge downstream to the mouth due to an increase in landowner posting.

Changes in stocking practice

Little Buffalo Lake, Perry County

Beginning with the 2014 season, trout stocking will occur during the preseason stocking period in this 88-acre impoundment. Formerly, stocking occurred during only the inseason and fall stocking periods.

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Media contact: Eric Levis, Press Secretary, 717.705.7806 or elevis@pa.gov

 

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