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Proposed Changes to List of Class A Wild Trout Waters; April 2019

[49 Pa.B. 1086]
[Saturday, March 9, 2019]

 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 April 29 and 30, 2019.

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
Cameron Barrs Run
(Stone Quarry Hollow)
1 Headwaters to Mouth Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek 41.359064
78.229416
50.17 2.22 2.34 2018
Cameron Ellicott Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek 41.325699
78.072482
52.10 1.19 1.94 2018
Cameron Foley Branch 1 Headwaters to Mouth Wykoff Run 41.279041
78.139221
42.35 3.40 2.72 2018
Cameron Nanny Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek 41.325278
78.149444
25.69 24.05 1.98 2018
Cameron Trout Hole Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Wykoff Run 41.292500
78.116943
39.92 1.33 2018
Carbon UNT to Mahoning Creek (RM 7.81) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Mahoning Creek 40.790310
75.800095
9.86 44.01 3.66 2018
Centre Hicklen Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Black Moshannon Creek 41.009572
77.979616
33.17 1.20 2018
Centre UNT to Lick Run (Howard) (RM 2.47) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Lick Run (Howard) 40.994684
77.641787
124.93 2.56 2018
Centre UNT to Smays Run (RM 1.39) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Smays Run 40.896967
78.019902
55.45 2.21 2018
Centre UNT to Wallace Run (RM 2.83; Left) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Wallace Run 40.963966
77.841196
0.35 51.62 2.37 2018
Clearfield Mill Run 1 Headwaters to UNT to Mill Run (RM 1.98) Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek 41.230124
78.546817
36.81 1.94 2018
Clearfield UNT to Mountain Run (RM 1.15) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Mountain Run 41.202174
78.610747
30.52 1.30 2018
Clearfield UNT to Muddy Run (RM 2.67) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Muddy Run 40.792906
78.429044
49.81 1.25 2018
Clearfield/ Elk Grapevine Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Mountain Run 41.205436
78.664779
40.47 0.76 2018
Clinton Chatham Run 2 Chatham Water Company Reservoir # 2 Inlet to Mouth West Branch Susquehanna River 41.168056
77.364722
1.01 59.82 3.60 2018
Clinton Skunk Hollow Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Young Woman's Creek 41.349713
77.698432
54.14 1.08 1.50 2018
Elk Johnson Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek 41.329722
78.333889
31.46 1.93 3.54 2018
Elk Paige Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Red Run 41.273758
78.244331
32.58 3.11 2018
Elk Silver Mill Hollow Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek 41.289675
78.395753
56.16 3.01 2018
Lycoming English Run (English Center) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Little Pine Creek 41.435001
77.289444
29.89 10.83 3.68 2018
McKean Baker Hollow Brook 1 Headwaters to Mouth North Branch Cole Creek 41.883368
78.491745
39.37 2.34 2018
McKean Little Sicily Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Sicily Run 41.654720
78.660278
30.17 1.75 2018
McKean UNT to East Branch Tunungwant Creek (RM 6.92) 1 Headwaters to Mouth East Branch Tunungwant Creek 41.872725
78.655895
3.91 47.66 1.95 2018
McKean UNT to Lewis Run (RM 3.20) 1 Headwaters to Mouth Lewis Run 41.842868
78.693378
1.29 40.62 2.68 2018
Pike Tarkill Creek 1 Headwaters to Mouth Pecks Pond 41.298547
75.091921
52.33 1.78 2018
Pike UNT to Saw Creek Pond 1 Headwaters to Mouth Saw Creek 41.169463
75.070075
74.28 2.03 2018
Potter Big Trestle Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Lebo Run 41.504656
77.646498
39.60 3.92 2.88 2018
Potter Lawson Hollow Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth Oswayo Creek 41.920864
78.016403
0.11 59.68 2.01 2018
Potter Young Hollow Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek 41.591881
78.057541
145.78 1.17 2018
Schuylkill Schuylkill River 1 Headwaters to AMD Treatment Discharge located 245 miles upstream from 1st SR-209 bridge upstream from Brockton Delaware Estuary 39.884444
75.195278
34.21 3.10 2017
Sullivan Hemlock Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth West Branch Fishing Creek 41.318333
76.506667
48.43 1.24 2018
Sullivan Slip Run 1 Headwaters to Mouth West Branch Fishing Creek 41.320278
76.516111
31.15 1.14 2018
Susquehanna Little Egypt Creek 1 Headwaters to Mouth North Branch Susquehanna River 41.955278
75.705000
70.11 3.00 2018

 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.

TIMOTHY D. SCHAEFFER, 
Executive Director

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-340. Filed for public inspection March 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]



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