Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters

Taken from the PA Fish and Boat Commission Website: ( We have a second water in our area in addition to Pine Creek)

Trout anglers who want an experience targeting bigger fish will have the opportunity to catch 14”-20” trout in eight Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, unveiled here today at the quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program logoUnder the program, approximately 3,200 large trout will be distributed among the eight waters, one in each commissioner district. The trout will be stocked at a rate of up to 250 trout per mile, which is comparable to the numbers of fish of this size in Pennsylvania’s best wild trout waters.

The eight waters include:

  • Chester County, Middle Branch White Clay Creek, Section 3 (1.67 miles)
  • Dauphin County, Wiconisco Creek, Section 3 (0.74 miles)
  • Lackawanna/Wyoming Counties, South Branch Tunkhannock Creek, Section 4 (0.99 miles)
  • Lawrence County, Neshannock Creek, Section 3 (2.67 miles)
  • Lycoming County, Loyalsock Creek, Section 5 (1.49 miles)
  • Potter County, First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Section 4 (1.67 miles)
  • Somerset County, Laurel Hill Creek, Section 3 (2.33 miles)
  • Westmoreland County, Loyalhanna Creek, Section 3 (1.67 miles)

“We wanted to add an element of excitement to trout fishing and at the same time remind anglers that the trout season can extend well into the summer,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “These are the biggest stocked trout we raise, so anglers will definitely enjoy catching them. And the waters are regulated under Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) regulations, which provides the opportunity to catch these fish multiple times.”

Under DHALO regulations, waters are open to fishing year-round. But anglers may harvest trout only between June 15 and Labor Day and the trout have to be a minimum of nine inches. From the day after Labor Day until June 15, these waters are managed on a catch-and-release-only basis and the creel limit is zero. Tackle is limited to artificial lures and flies.

Arway added that similar programs have proven very popular on other waters, such as Pine Creek in Lycoming County.

“These programs have successfully demonstrated that destination fisheries can be created, drawing anglers from across the state and even the country and providing an economic boost to local communities,” he said. “We’re confident our program will have the same effect and we’ll draw anglers to each of these eight destinations.”

The waters in Dauphin and Chester counties will be stocked with the larger trout in advance of the regional opening day of trout season on April 2. The other waters will be stocked prior to the April 16 statewide opener for trout. Each of the eight waters will also receive an in-season stocking in late April. Both stockings will include a number of these larger fish. The PFBC website or FishBoatPA app should be consulted for the actual stocking dates.

PFBC staff presented the concept of the new program at the last quarterly meeting, and then ran an online promotion asking anglers to submit suggestions for the name. More than 1,550 submissions were received with 144 different names recommended by the public.
“A committee reviewed the selections and the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters name was chosen,” said Leroy Young, Director of the Bureau of Fisheries. “This name ties the program uniquely to Pennsylvania and includes the new Stocked Trout Waters name, which replaces the previously named Approved Trout Waters beginning in 2016.”

About Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Welcome to the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Founded in 1964, we are one of Pennsylvania’s oldest chapters, and help protect many miles of central Pennsylvania’s finest streams. Some of our waters include Muncy Creek, Loyalsock Creek, Black Hole Creek and Lycoming Creek
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