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

Notice of Upcoming Chapter Election

The annual Chapter election will be held at the November 14, 2018 Chapter Meeting. As required by the bylaws, the Nominating Committee has presented the following list of candidates:

1 year Term
President:           Walt Nicholson
Vice President:   Dave Craig
Secretary:          Kevin McJunkin
Treasurer:          Bob Baker

3 year Term
Director: Charlie Knowlden
Director: Isaac Bragunier

Since posting the list of candidates in October, Steve Szoke withdrew his name for consideration for another term as Director. The nomination committee then named Isaac Bragunier, who accepted the nomination to be considered for the open Director position.

We will take nominations from the floor prior to the election. Please consider giving back to the Chapter by assuming a leadership role.   You can self nominate yourself or nominate someone else. You don’t have to worry about experience and you will not be left alone as you will have all the support, and help, you need in order to succeed.



Trout Stream Habitat Restoration Presentation by PA Bureau of Forestry

On Wednesday, November 14th at 7 pm, the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be featuring a special presentation by Nathan Reagle of the PA Bureau of Forestry on improving habitat for wild trout in the headwater streams of Pennsylvania by employing techniques such as selective use of large woody material placement in streams. Natural deposition of large tree trunks and woody debris in forested trout streams have been found to have ecological and conservation benefits by increasing shelter and food habitat for trout and helping to reduce bank erosion.   Ongoing and potential projects to utilize these practices in our area streams will be discussed, as well as how sportsmen groups and conservation organizations can get involved in support of stream restoration efforts. The public is invited to attend this event which will also include the annual meeting and election of officers of the TU chapter. The presentation and meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, rear of 807 W 4th Street in Williamsport (enter off of Campbell Street).

Informational downloads for you:

Wood in Streams Brochure

Stream Habitat Improvement LWM


HARRISBURG, Pa. (October 18) – During a special meeting today, the PFBC Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Tim Schaeffer to the role of Executive Director. Schaeffer will assume his duties beginning November 13, 2018.

“I’m extremely honored and grateful to the board of commissioners for the opportunity to lead such a great agency,” said Schaeffer. “I’m excited to get to work.”

As executive director, Schaeffer will return to the PFBC where he previously served as Director of Policy and Planning from 2008-2017. Currently, he is Deputy Secretary for the Office of Water Programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He resides with his family in New Cumberland, Cumberland County.

“Tim’s experience speaks for itself and it gives us great pleasure to present him with this opportunity,” said Eric Hussar, PFBC Board President. “We look forward to seeing how he’s going to lead us into the future and advance our mission.”

Schaeffer will replace Executive Director John Arway, who will retire effective November 3.


Media Contact:
Mike Parker, Communications Director

Tim Schaeffer (pictured)

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Help needed for spawning survey

Help needed with the annual spawning survey in Cross Fork Creek watershed (tributary to the Kettle Creek, Potter County)! Please contact Shawn Rummel at shawn.rummel@tu.org no later than Sunday, October 21st if you are interested! We are planning to expand the redd surveys to include at least three surveys over the course of the spawning season. Volunteers would be asked to survey a reach of approximately 1-3 miles roughly every two weeks beginning in late October or early November (for a total of three times at each reach) to record the number and location of redds observed. A brief training and/or webinar will be provided to volunteers. Surveys could be completed on your own schedule since multiple surveys make logistics difficult to line up days that work for everyone.

Benefits of falling leaves on trout

Throughout autumn, tree-lined waterways receive a welcome addition as leaves fall, dumping nutrients that help sustain all levels of biodiversity through the tough winter months. Sugar, pigments, and other organic materials begin to leach out from the leaves as they fall into the water and collect into leaf matts. In-stream microbes such as bacteria and fungi receive immediate benefits. Eventually, shredder insects begin to physically break down the leaves, allowing for small rotting leaf particles to drift downstream and feed all sorts of aquatic insects. With a thriving aquatic insect population, trout will have plenty to eat as their population receives benefit from the leaves as well. Even though the annual leaf fall signals the end of healthy, green leaves, the leaves will now be recycled into the next ecosystem to play a fundamental role in maintaining healthy trout populations.

Taken from Potomac Headwaters Iniative – Trout Unlimited Facebook page

Be Safe while fishing during hunting season

Hunting season is upon us in Pennsylvania and we want you to be safe. Although many people stop fishing when the fall / winter seasons arrive, there are others who fish year round. You can still enjoy fishing in your favorite mountain streams if you keep a few things in mind when heading out.

1. Know when the hunting seasons are. The main hunting seasons are from now until the end of January 2019, and there is no hunting on Sundays with a few exceptions. There is a spring turkey season and limited hunting opportunities throughout the entire year so become familiar with when the seasons are so you are prepared.

2. Where Blaze Orange or other brightly colored piece of clothing that sticks out. Hunters are required to where this to identify themselves and so should you. If you fish on Pennsylvania State Game Lands be- tween November 15 and December 15, you are re- quired by law to wear fluorescent orange.

3. Make noise when you are moving about. You don’t need to scream but normal talking will let others nearby know you are there.

4. As a general rule, hunters go out early and stay out late. Many go back to their camps or else where for lunch and mid day breaks so heading out late morn- ing and early to mid afternoon may reduce your chance of encountering hunters.

5. Probably the most important thing to remember is to be respectful. Everyone has a right to be outside and doing what they want to do. If you come upon a hunter, try to be quiet so that you do not disrupt their hunt.

Alternatively, you can go fishing some- where hunting is not allowed or fish areas closer to towns or other places that hunters are not likely to go.