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Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters; July 2017

[47 Pa.B. 2680]
[Saturday, May 6, 2017]

 The Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) is considering changes to its list of Class A Wild Trout Streams. Under 58 Pa. Code § 57.8a (relating to Class A wild trout streams), it is the Commission's policy to manage self-sustaining Class A wild trout populations as a renewable natural resource to conserve that resource and the angling it provides. Class A wild trout populations represent the best of this Commonwealth's naturally reproducing trout fisheries. With rare exceptions, the Commission manages these stream sections solely for the perpetuation of the wild trout fishery with no stocking.

 Criteria developed for Class A Wild Trout fisheries are species specific. Wild Trout Biomass Class Criteria include provisions for:

 (i) Wild Brook Trout Fisheries

 (A) Total brook trout biomass of at least 30 kg/ha (26.7 lbs/acre).

 (B) Total biomass of brook trout less than 15 cm (5.9 inches) in total length of at least 0.1 kg/ha (0.089 lbs/acre).

 (C) Brook trout biomass must comprise at least 75% of the total trout biomass.

 (ii) Wild Brown Trout Fisheries

 (A) Total brown trout biomass of at least 40 kg/ha (35.6 lbs/acre).

 (B) Total biomass of brown trout less than 15 cm (5.9 inches) in total length of at least 0.1 kg/ha (0.089 lbs/acre).

 (C) Brown trout biomass must comprise at least 75% of the total trout biomass.

 (iii) Mixed Wild Brook and Brown Trout Fisheries

 (A) Combined brook and brown trout biomass of at least 40 kg/ha (35.6 lbs/acre).

 (B) Total biomass of brook trout less than 15 cm (5.9 inches) in total length of at least 0.1 kg/ha (0.089 lbs/acre).

 (C) Total biomass of brown trout less than 15 cm (5.9 inches) in total length of at least 0.1 kg/ha (0.089 lbs/acre).

 (D) Brook trout biomass must comprise less than 75% of the total trout biomass.

 (E) Brown trout biomass must comprise less than 75% of the total trout biomass.

 (iv) Wild Rainbow Trout Fisheries

 Total biomass of rainbow trout less than 15 cm (5.9 inches) in total length of at least 2.0 kg/ha (1.78 lbs/acre).

 (v) Mixed Wild Brook and Rainbow Trout Fisheries

 (A) Combined brook and rainbow trout biomass of at least 40 kg/ha (35.6 lbs/acre).

 (B) Total biomass of brook trout less than 15 cm (5.9 inches) in total length of at least 0.1 kg/ha (0.089 lbs/acre).

 (C) Total biomass of rainbow trout less than 15 cm (5.9 inches) in total length of at least 0.1 kg/ha (0.089 lbs/acre).

 (D) Brook trout biomass shall comprise less than 75% of the total trout biomass.

 (E) Rainbow trout biomass shall comprise less than 75% of the total trout biomass.

 (vi) Mixed Wild Brown and Rainbow Trout Fisheries

 (A) Combined brown and rainbow trout biomass of at least 40 kg/ha (35.6 lbs/acre).

 (B) Total biomass of brown trout less than 15 cm (5.9 inches) in total length of at least 0.1 kg/ha (0.089 lbs/acre).

 (C) Total biomass of rainbow trout less than 15 cm (5.9 inches) in total length of at least 0.1 kg/ha (0.089 lbs/acre).

 (D) Brown trout biomass shall comprise less than 75% of the total trout biomass.

 (E) Rainbow trout biomass shall comprise less than 75% of the total trout biomass.

 During recent surveys, Commission staff documented the following stream sections to have Class A wild trout populations. The Commission intends to consider adding these waters to its list of Class A Wild Trout Streams at its meeting on July 10 and 11, 2017.

County Stream Section Limits Tributary to Mouth Lat./Lon. Brook Trout
(kg/ha)
Brown Trout
(kg/ha)
Rainbow
Trout
(kg/ha)
Length
(miles)
Survey
Year
Berks Spring Creek 1 Headwaters to Robesonia-
Wernersville Sewer Treatment Plant 490 Meters Upstream SR 3010
Blue Marsh Lake 40.375556
76.078333
0.51 66.97 2.15 2016
Cambria Killbuck Run 1 Headwaters to Little Killbuck Run Glendale Lake 40.660000
78.579444
51.68 3.12 2016
Carbon Long Run 2 Outlet of Long Run Reservoir Number One Dam at RM 2.47 to Mouth Lehigh River 40.850000
75.708333
6.59 69.45 2.47 2016
Carbon Mill Creek 1 Headwaters to Mouth Aquashicola Creek 40.809722
75.591944
48.28 3.80 2016
Carbon UNT to Mill Creek (RM 0.49) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Mill Creek 40.815157
75.595067
41.77 2.61 2016
Centre White Deer Creek 1 Headwaters to Power Line Crossing 125 Meters Upstream of Black Gap Road West Branch Susquehanna River 41.079722
76.865833
36.83 10.44 4.35 2016
Clearfield Beaver Run 2 SR 3004 to Mouth West Branch Susquehanna River 40.780749
78.780070
0.68 76.32 3.80 2016
Clearfield Sawmill Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth West Branch Susquehanna River 40.798611
78.782500
42.07 4.39 2016
Clearfield UNT to Curry Run (RM 4.78) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Curry Run 40.962500
78.701389
75.48 0.99 2016
Clinton Colvey Gap Run 1 Headwaters to Sink at RM 0.48 Fishing Creek 40.982028
77.478176
90.85 0.82 2016
Clinton Pong Hollow Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Drury Run 41.392820
77.834283
39.46 6.75 1.34 2016
Clinton Right Branch Hyner Run 2 Spring Run to Mouth Hyner Run 41.377778
77.608333
43.50 1.44 2016
Clinton Shingle Branch 2 2,400 Meters Upstream of the Mouth to Mouth Left Branch Young Womans Creek 41.400278
77.706111
22.86 35.51 1.50 2016
Clinton/Union Fishing Creek 1 Headwaters to Sink at SR 2002 Bridge in Eastville Bald Eagle Creek 41.122222
77.483056
2.24 53.63 5.22 2016
Erie Elk Creek Park Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Elk Creek 42.010470
80.361563
49.78 3.59 2016
Jefferson Big Run 1 Headwaters to T-506 Bridge Mahoning Creek 40.967875
78.889371
67.93 3.00 2016
Jefferson Cold Spring Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Elk Run 40.951640
78.964730
49.44 2.00 2016
McKean Brooder Hollow Brook 1 Headwaters to Mouth North Branch Cole Creek 41.871227
78.481257
76.40 1.79 2016
Mifflin Musser Run 2 Third Bridge Crossing the Creek Southwest of McVeytown on US 22 to Mouth Juniata River 40.491330
77.734899
68.35 3.30 2016
Monroe Sugar Hollow Creek 1 Headwaters to Mouth Pohopoco Creek 40.947119
75.441758
130.40 4.42 2016
Pike Sloat Brook 1 Headwaters to Mouth Sawkill Creek 41.323273
74.816322
1.44 46.52 3.10 2016
Potter Elm Flat Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Allegheny River 41.740726
78.088608
23.40 34.65 2.77 2016
Potter Fisk Hollow Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Fishing Creek 41.836254
78.127937
35.24 23.51 3.91 2016
Schuylkill UNT to Lizard Creek (RM 13.64) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Lizard Creek 40.721860
75.852300
43.73 4.49 1.99 2016
Somerset Soap Hollow Run 2 Waterfall to Mouth Stonycreek River 40.278279
78.924157
46.36 2.24 2016
Tioga Bellman Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Johnson Creek 41.661111
77.086111
50.65 2.36 2016
Venango Snyder Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Allegheny River 41.326660
79.836400
37.01 1.97 1.62 2016
Venango UNT to Allegheny River (RM 107.57) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Allegheny River 41.261270
79.829710
36.72 0.31 1.61 2016
Westmoreland Indian Creek 1 Headwaters to T-916 Bridge Youghiogheny River 39.968056
79.513333
0.80 50.20 0.02 6.18 2016

 Persons with comments, objections or suggestions concerning the additions are invited to submit comments in writing to the Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, within 30 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments also may be submitted electronically by completing the form at www.fishandboat.com/regcomments. If an acknowledgment of electronic comments is not received by the sender within 2 working days, the comments should be retransmitted to ensure receipt. Electronic comments submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.

JOHN A. ARWAY, 
Executive Director

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-782. Filed for public inspection May 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]



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