2022 Special Report on Fishing

For the twelfth year in a row, the Outdoor Foundation and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation have teamed up to produce the special report on fishing to provide a comprehensive look at overall trends in participation as well as detailed information on specific fishing categories.

Insights include motivations, barriers and preferences of key groups. the report also identifies opportunities for engaging new audiences in fishing and examines less tangible perceptions about the sport. special sections are dedicated to youth, hispanic americans and females – under representative populations with potential for significant growth.

To see the full report, click here

Chapter Recognized at Annual PATU Meeting

Two members of the Chapter attended the annual PATU meeting in Bellefonte. It was an informative meeting and it was great to see friends, and make new ones, from around the State.

Chapter President Walt Nicholson was recognized by PATU President Greg Malaska for his dedication and knowledge of our regions waterways. Greg said that Walt strives to keep on top of the issues affecting, or that may affect, the waterways and if any information is needed, Walt is the guy he can rely on for information.

The Chapter also received recognition for having the best chapter newsletter. Pictured below is Rachel Kester, PATU Program Director and Greg Malaska, PATU President presenting Bob Baker with the Samuel Slaymaker Award for Best Chapter Newsletter for 2022.

The Chapter wants to thank everyone who has worked so hard and has contributed to the Chapter in the last year. The recognitions that we received are a reflection of your dedication and commitment to protecting, conserving and restoring the coldwater streams of north central Pennsylvania

Annual Picnic and Meeting Recap

What a great night for our annual picnic last evening with the Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association. The weather cooperated and we had over 50 people attend. We want to thank Bobby Hughes and Tom Clark for giving updates on the AMD on the upper Loyalsock Creek Watershed. We also want to give a big thank you to Dr. Mel Zimmerman, Lycoming College, the Clean Water Institute and its Interns for opening their Biology Field Station to us and allowing us to tour the property and hold our picnic and meeting.


The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has received significant public comments on a proposed rule aimed at aquatic invasive species prevention, fish health, and stocking fish in waters of the Commonwealth.

This proposal is expected to be the primary topic discussed at the Fisheries and Hatcheries Committee meeting scheduled for September 28 at the PFBC headquarters in Harrisburg. The upcoming meeting is intended to be informational, and no votes are scheduled to occur.

The 90-day, formal public comment period for the proposal concludes on September 17; however, the PFBC will accept comments from interested parties beyond that date.

Read more: http://ow.ly/5ca550KIZTT

DEP, Fish & Boat Commission Investigate Multiple, Continuing Water Pollution Discharges From PGE Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Site On Loyalsock Creek,

On September 5 (Labor Day), a rainstorm caused the wash out of erosion and sedimentation controls and a very heavy sediment plume in Loyalsock Creek for several miles downstream of the construction site that was reported to DEP by Friends of the ‘Sock.

Click the link beloe to see the story published by the PA Environment Digest Blog on September 13, 2022


Bigger brown trout are coming

Using science that seems a bit like trickery, Pennsylvania fish hatcheries are giving Mother Nature a jump-start and Pennsylvania anglers bigger brown trout to catch each spring.

Watch the video to learn more about the Light House Program, which tricks fish into spawning in June and July instead of November and December.


PA Environment Digest Blog: Exceptional Value Water Quality Designation, State Forest Land, River Honors Were Not Enough To Protect Loyalsock Creek From Natural Gas Drilling & Pipelines In Lycoming County