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Six Waters Added to Popular Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program

February 2017


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Dauphin County Resident Bob Clouser Receives Resource First Award

Calling him a “staunch ambassador for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass in the Susquehanna River,” Executive Director John Arway presented Middletown resident Bob Clouser with the agency’s Resource First Award during the recent quarterly business meeting.
“Renowned worldwide for the development of innovative fly-fishing patterns, most notably the Clouser Minnow, Bob has enabled countless anglers the opportunity to catch - and release - many trophy fish,” said Director Arway. “And with his many years of guide service and instructional presentations, he is a mentor to many and an inspiration which sparks and keeps alive the future of fishing in Pennsylvania.”
“Reaching millions over the years, his creativity as an author and outdoor photographer continue to herald what is the best about fishing and the need to maintain the recreational resource in balance with conservation ethics,” he added. “As a result of Bob’s lifelong advocacy and enthusiasm for the Susquehanna River and quality angling experiences everywhere, he has and continues to be a leader in defending and protecting our aquatic resources.”
(Photo, from left - PFBC Executive Director John Arway, Commissioner Lenny Lichvar, Bob Clouser, Board President Rocco Ali.)
Click here to see a PFBC-produced video highlighting the Susquehanna River and efforts to improve its water quality and the health of the bass population.
New 10-Year License Now Available

Multi-year fishing licenses have been a hit with anglers since the PFBC first started selling them in 2013 for 3-year and 5-year periods. Anglers like the convenience of not having to buy a license each year, and they like saving money by avoiding annual transaction and processing fees.
Now anglers can choose from a new 10-year option for $211.90, which includes a one-time fee of just $1.90 and savings of more than $17. Anglers can also purchase 10-year trout, Lake Erie and combo permits and experience similar savings.
2017 Stocking Schedules Available

Anglers can start planning their spring fishing trips now that the 2017 adult trout stocking schedules are available online and on the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app. Users can easily search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates of interest. From the stocking page, select a county and enter start and end dates from the calendars at the top of the page. Then press “Go.”
The PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.15 million adult trout in more than 720 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout; and 500,000 brook trout. As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.
For anglers with smartphones, an even easier way to view the schedules is through the FishBoatPA app, which is available for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
Six Waters Added to Popular Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program

Six waters have been added to the popular Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program, giving anglers more opportunities to catch 14”-20” trophy trout this season. Approximately 4,500 large trout will be distributed among 14 waters at a rate of 175 to 225 per mile, which is comparable to the numbers of similarly sized fish in Pennsylvania’s best wild trout waters. The program was launched last year with eight waters.
“The Keystone Select Program has proven to be a big hit with our customers,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “It added an element of excitement to trout fishing and has helped establish the waters as destination fisheries, drawing anglers from all over and providing economic boosts to the local communities.”
The six new waters include:
  • Berks County, Tulpehocken Creek, Section 7 (1.84 miles)
  • Cambria County, Chest Creek, Section 3 (1.80 miles)
  • Fulton County, Big Cove Creek, Section 3 (0.93 miles)
  • Luzerne County, Harveys Creek, Section 4 (1.70 miles)
  • McKean County, Kinzua Creek, Section 4 (2.29 miles)
  • Venango County, Oil Creek, Section 7 (1.55 miles)
Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days
Set for March 25 and April 8

The 2017 season will open March 25 for the Mentored Youth Trout Day program 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 – April 1 – 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 8, the Saturday before the April 15 regular opening day of trout season.
To participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit, or a voluntary youth fishing license (only $2.90 including all fees). Both are available at or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.
For every voluntary youth license sold, the PFBC receives approximately $5 in federal revenue from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Act program. All revenues earned from the voluntary youth fishing license are dedicated to youth fishing programs.
Fee Delegation Bill Moves in Senate

Senate Bill 30 by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair County) was approved unanimously by the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee on February 1. The bill would allow the PFBC to establish prices for fishing licenses, boat registrations and other fees. Currently, prices are set by the legislature and were last raised in 2005. The legislation would give the PFBC the authority to set a pricing structure that accounts for inflation and keeps up with rising costs while minimizing the long-term impacts to customers. Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming County) is seeking co-sponsors for a similar bill in the House of Representatives. Both the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania support delegating the authority to establish fees to the PFBC Board of Commissioners.

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