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Thursday, August 6, 2015

PFBC announces new Big Trout Program for 2016

 Aug 03, 2015
A new stocked trout program will be introduced by PFBC in 2016 in which approximately 10 percent of the larger 2- to 3-year-old-trout in the PFBC hatchery system that are stocked each year
A new stocked trout program will be introduced by PFBC in 2016 in which approximately 10 percent of the larger 2- to 3-year-old-trout in the PFBC hatchery system that are stocked each year will be allocated to eight waters currently managed under Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only regulations. These fish, which will measure from 14” to more than 20” in length, 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. By contrast, the current stocking rate for 2- to 3-year-old-trout statewide in the catchable trout program is about 5-10 per mile.
The eight streams yet to be named will be distributed broadly across the state so that at least one water is located within a reasonable distance of all of Pennsylvania’s anglers.
Currently this program is unnamed, and PFBC is seeking the public’s help in naming the program. There are a number of names that have been considered by staff, but you may have other better ideas. The names proposed thus far are: Premium Stocked Trout, Trophy Stocked Trout, Lunker Stocked Trout and Blue Ribbon Trout. You can vote for one of these titles or write in your own nomination at http://fishandboat.com/stocking/large-trout.htm.
PFBC staff will review all of the proposals and a name will be selected prior to the next Commission meeting on September 28 and 29, 2015. Both the program name and the names of the selected waters will be released at the September meeting.