Statewide Trout Season starts tomorrow morning and the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited wants to wish everyone the best of luck. Please enjoy the streams and everything that Mother Nature has to offer and let us know how you did with pictures and stories. There have been some beautiful trout stocked throughout the state and there are always the natives that provide a challenge. Good Luck to everyone!!
The above brook trout picture was caught on Boulder Mountain in Southern Utah. The picture was taken by Jason Morrison and was featured in the 2014 Trout Unlimited Calendar for the month of April.
The April 2019 issue of the Susquehanna Ripples is now available. You can download your copy here.
Come out to the New Trail Brewing Company on Sunday March 31 from 12 to 3pm. The Chapter will be there teaching fly tying, talking fishing and meeting new friends. This is the first event of its kind with our Chapter and Lycoming Colleges Clean Water Institue and Northcentral PA Conservancy and others will be there as well. A great event to come out to and this is a family event for all ages and to get ready for the upcoming fishing season.
At the April meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the PFBC will vote to approve new Class A and Wild Trout Streams in the Commonwealth. We need your voice to tell the commission that TU and its partners stand for Wild Trout protections.
To view a map of proposed streams in your area, click here!
Water quality protections offered by the Wild Trout and Class A designations allow for Pennsylvania’s wild trout to continue to thrive and grow in our beautiful waterways.
Click here to view the full list of proposed Wild Trout Streams
Click here to view the full list of proposed Class A Trout Streams
File your public comment to support the
designation Wild Trout and Class A streams
Comments are due to the Commission by April 9, 2019.
If you couldn’t make it to our Chapter meeting on March 13, or if you want to learn more about stream cleanup and speak to agencies one on one, there is another great opportunity for you. DEP has teamed up with Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College, and many other agencies to provide this great meeting.
“The Department of Environmental Protection’s Northcentral Regional Office and the Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College will hold an open house on March 18 to provide information and resources to landowners and municipalities seeking to work in streams impacted by flooding and erosion.
The meeting will be held at the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, Lycoming College, corner of East Fourth Street and Basin Street, Williamsport from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
During the open house, DEP staff will provide an overview of Restore Pennsylvania, a bold, four-year, $4.5 billion statewide initiative that will provide funding for critical flood control infrastructure, including large-scale stream restoration and maintenance work.
Attendees can also speak one-on-one about their stream work and flooding questions with staff from DEP and eight other state, federal, county, and non-profit agencies, and view educational displays and demonstrations.
In addition to DEP and the Clean Water Institute, other agencies participating in the open house include the Fish and Boat Commission, PennDOT, PA Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Lycoming County Conservation District, and the Lycoming County Department of Planning and Community Development’s Hazard Mitigation Division.
Questions should about this event should be directed to Megan Lehman, DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 570-327-3659 or send email to: email@example.com.
For more information on stream maintenance, download a copy of DEP’s Guidelines For Maintaining Streams In Your Community”
In light of the record amounts of precipitation and flooding we have had on many of our local streams, the issue of cleaning out streams to remove debris piles and gravel bars has been a concern to many, and Susquehanna TU has arranged for Dr. Larry Brannaka of the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service to present a program on scientific practical approaches to post-flooding stream cleaning. Dr. Brannaka has years of experience in designing and supervising stream restoration projects, and all local and county municipal officials are encouraged to attend this timely presentation. The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 pm at the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, at the rear of 807 West Fourth Street in Williamsport (enter off of Campbell St.)
DEP has issued a booklet, Guidelines for Maintaining Streams in your Community, and can be downloaded here