Four approved trout waters in Erie County and three others in the region could lose early-season fishing status if regulation changes are approved at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s quarterly meeting Oct. 1-2.
The East Basin and West Basin ponds at Presque Isle State Park, Upper Gravel Pit in Fairview and Lake Pleasant, as well as Two Mile run Reservoir in Venango County, Chapman Dam Reservoir in Warren County and Shenango Reservoir in Mercer County, are part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Early Season Trout Stocked Waters Program.
Program waters are open to fishing in March, when most trout-stocked streams in Pennsylvania are closed to fishing. Waterways in the programs are stocked early with trout from the spring allotment.
According to the Pennsylvania Bulletin, commissioners will consider removing the seven Northwest Region waters. Two Mile Run Reservoir would be considered for addition to the list of Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing.Tionesta Creek in Forest County, from Tionesta Dam outflow downstream, is the only such water in the region right now.
The commission is soliciting public input about the proposed changes. Submit comments at www.fishandboat.com/regcomments, or by mail to 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.