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Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters; September 2015

[45 Pa.B. 3946]
[Saturday, July 18, 2015]

 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 September 28 and 29, 2015.

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
Cambria Porter Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth West Branch Susquehanna River 40.667567
78.788181
52.62 28.14 1.77 2014
Cambria Walnut Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth West Branch Susquehanna River 40.662601
78.783905
1.33 69.03 2.68 2014
Cambria/
Indiana
Douglas Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth West Branch Susquehanna River 40.693985
78.805816
2.26 42.26 2.68 2014
Carbon Fawn Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Lehigh River 41.094036
75.754978
46.96 0.71 1.90 2014
Carbon Stewart Creek 02 Crooked Run to Mouth Mahoning Creek 40.815278
75.740833
88.08 1.70 2013
Centre Black Gap Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth White Deer Creek 41.011967
77.212662
59.90 10.71 1.49 2014
Centre Old Mingle Valley Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Penns Creek 40.840987
77.405951
18.52 27.73 1.47 2014
Centre Sixmile Run 01 Headwaters to
Clay Mine Road
Moshannon Creek 40.943056
78.123056
67.59 49.76 4.22 2012
Centre UNT To
Spring Creek
(RM 1.31)
02 UNT at RM 0.53
to Mouth
Spring Creek 40.926698
77.780579
53.78 0.53 2014
Centre/
Clinton
Eastville Run 01 Headwaters to Sink at RM 0.44 Fishing Creek 41.040195
77.227460
37.88 1.75 2014
Clearfield Jack Dent Branch 02 First Forest Road Bridge downstream of the headwaters to Mouth Medix Run 41.220278
78.393889
40.29 1.70 2014
Clinton Greenlick Run 01 Headwaters to Little Greenlick Run Left Branch Young Womans Creek 41.439167
77.702500
29.99 21.25 3.79 2012
Clinton Greenlick Run 02 Little Greenlick Run to Mouth Left Branch Young Womans Creek 41.439167
77.702500
34.53 110.43 1.93 2012
Clinton Long Run 03 Emergence of Stream 1.42 km upstream of
Mouth to Mouth
Fishing Creek 41.086944
77.469444
0.69 169.27 13.65 0.88 2013
Clinton Washburn Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Long Run 41.063332
77.354721
52.83 7.22 1.27 2014
Crawford Dolly Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Shirley Run 41.708057
79.662781
188.18 2.17 2013
Elk Sullivan Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Medix Run 41.267223
78.404999
46.12 1.43 3.45 2013
Fayette Fulton Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Mill Run 39.949963
79.432861
34.62 3.66 2012
Lackawanna Aylesworth Creek 01 Headwaters to Backwaters Edgerton Reservoir Lackawanna River 41.520279
75.544998
41.20 1.54 2013
Lackawanna Aylesworth Creek 02 Outlet of Edgerton Reservoir to Backwaters Aylesworth Creek Lake Lackawanna River 41.520279
75.544998
32.10 1.56 2013
Lackawanna Plank Bridge Creek 01 Headwaters to Mouth Spring Brook 41.305556
75.643889
132.74 1.92 2.47 2012
Lycoming Antes Creek 01 Big Spring (Nippenose) to Mouth West Branch Susquehanna River 41.188824
77.240997
0.01 46.22 3.30 2014
Lycoming Mosquito Creek 01 Outflow Mosquito Valley Reservoir
to Williamsport
Water Authority
Intake
West Branch Susquehanna River 41.224998
77.041389
45.49 31.61 4.43 2014
Lycoming Mosquito Creek 02 Williamsport
Water Authority
Intake to Mouth
West Branch Susquehanna River 41.224998
77.041389
0.03 57.37 2.88 2014
Lycoming Remington Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Mosquito Creek 41.199444
77.050552
36.06 4.52 2.62 2014
Lycoming Ross Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Pine Creek 41.419876
77.489098
36.48 2.45 1.77 2014
Mifflin Wakefield Run 02 UNT at RM 2.42
to Mouth
Juniata River 40.517902
77.698251
55.65 2.42 2014
Potter Nelson Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Mill Creek 41.732735
77.936798
8.30 61.76 3.18 2014
Potter Peet Brook 01 Headwaters to Mouth Allegheny River 41.833889
77.942223
4.18 175.64 4.78 2014
Potter Steer Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Allegheny River 41.807220
78.014168
44.03 19.68 3.58 2014
Schuylkill UNT To Mahoning Creek
(RM 10.09)
02 UNT upstream from intersection
of Dairy and
Struss Valley
Road to Mouth
Mahoning Creek 40.778675
75.843140
1.20 42.54 2.00 2013
Snyder/
Union
Coral Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Penns Creek 40.856945
77.264999
60.46 0.23 3.25 2013
Somerset Cub Run 01 Headwaters to 2.6 km upstream of Mouth Clear Shade Creek 40.171667
78.745278
65.44 1.06 1.39 2014
Somerset Isers Run 01 Headwaters to Backwater of Rockwell Reservoir Town Line Run 39.858334
79.218613
37.98 1.04 2014
Somerset South Fork Bens Creek 01 Headwaters to Backwater of Conemaugh Township Reservoir Bens Creek 40.272500
78.978611
51.08 1.30 2014
Tioga Sand Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Wilson Creek 41.639721
77.301392
51.63 2.07 2014
Union Stony Run 01 Headwaters to SR 45 Laurel Run 40.894581
77.202789
36.13 2.90 2014
Union UNT To
Rapid Run
(RM 6.35)
01 Headwaters to Mouth Rapid Run 40.987289
77.111710
42.47 1.38 0.92 2014
Union UNT To
Rapid Run
(RM 7.16)
01 Headwaters to Mouth Rapid Run 40.987511
77.125610
32.98 15.79 0.98 2014
Westmoreland McCullen Run 01 Headwaters to Mouth Laughlintown Run 40.215041
79.184240
4.82 0.42 5.24 2.90 2013

 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. 15-1339. Filed for public inspection July 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m.]



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