The Fish and Boat Commission Board of Commissioners today voted to purchase an easement in Albion Borough, Erie County, to provide public access to the East Branch of Conneaut Creek.
The cost is $50,200 for an easement of 6,295 linear feet along the creek and easements for parking and a footpath. Commissioners voted during the quarterly business meeting in Harrisburg.
“This is a worthwhile investment because the East Branch provides significant steelhead fishing opportunities and the PFBC’s Fishing and Boating Access Strategy identified a need for more access on this section of Conneaut Creek,” said John Arway, executive director of the Fish and Boat Commission.
The commissioners also
– Added 47 new wild trout streams to its list, including in Forest County.
– Added 18 streams to its Class A wild trout list, including in Warren County.
– Proposed removing a regulation that restricts anglers to using three or fewer hooks on a fishing line. It is in effect a result of the growing popularity of the Alabama rig. If adopted on a final rulemaking, the change would take effect after being published in the PA Bulletin.
– Approved a proposed regulation change that permits anglers who purchase a fishing license and then move out of state to continue to use the license until it expires. If adopted, the change would take effect after being published in the PA Bulletin.
– Proposed eliminating a regulation that requires boat owners to use a temporary validation decal on their boats while their registration application is processed. Boat owners would instead show a copy of their registration application. If adopted , the change would go into effect April 1, 2014, or upon publication in the PA Bulletin, whichever is later.
– Elected Warren G. Elliott, of Franklin County, as president, and Norm Gavlick, of Luzerne County, as vice president.