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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Community Input on Monocacy fishing regulations sought by PFBC


 PFBC Meeting on Potential Changes to Monocacy & Saucon Creek Artificial Lures Only,Trophy Trout Special Regs

July 18th, 6 p.m.Hellertown Sportsman's Club


There will be a meeting to discuss potential changes to the current Artificial Lures Only,Trophy Trout special regulation areas on the Monocacy and Saucon Creeks. If you have questions or concerns, please attend the meeting to find out more. Meeting to be held at Hellertown Sportsman's Club located at 1793 Meadows Rd, Hellertown PA 18055 (be advised that Meadows Rd is closed at the Saucon Creek bridge near 412 so you must approach the club from the Northwest)

The time will be 6:00 pm on the evening of Monday July 18th.


From the PFBC, "The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has established a Trout Slot Limit program. There are two sub-programs designated as: All-Tackle Trout Slot Limit and Artificial Lures Only Trout Slot limit. These subprograms will provide the Commission with the ability to select the most appropriate tackle option to achieve biological and social objectives for each water considered for inclusion in the program. Principal intent for these regulations are to support potential increase of large trout abundance in the creek population while providing anglers opportunity for limited harvest. The slot limit allows for year-round fishing, and the harvest of two (2) trout (combined species) per day that are at least seven (7) inches but less than 12 inches in length, from opening day of the regular season for trout through Labor Day, with no harvest permitted the remainder of the year.


The Commission considers Monocacy Creek Section 07 (upstream boundary to Gertrude Fox Conservation Area, 40.664551,-75.377373 to Illicks Mill Dam, 40.642223, -75.382225) and Saucon Creek Section 05 (0.38-mi upstream High St./Seidersville Rd bridge, 40.586944,-75.347222 to Hellertown Rd (SR 412) bridge, 40.607778,- 75.339444) as potential candidates for inclusion to the Trout Slot Limit program. Presently, both of these sections are Commission approved, designated Class A wild Brown Trout populations, managed under the Artificial Lures Only, Trophy Trout regulations. We believe the Trout Slot Limit program would continue to support angler experiences for catching trophy-sized trout, while offering opportunity for limited harvest, if desirable, by individual anglers for smaller, quality-sized trout.


As an initial first step, the Commission is seeking angler opinion input from various enthusiasts clubs for putting the sections of Monocacy and Saucon creeks into the Trout slot Limit program."