Trout stocking schedule for 2020 announced: What’s different this year?

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has released the trout stocking schedule for 2020, including some big changes involving big trout.

Anglers this year will have a better chance than ever before of connecting with large, trophy-sized trout, as the commission plan s to stock about 60,000 brood fish, which are 2.5- and 3.5-year-old, 14- to 20-inch-long, hatchery-raised rainbow, brown and brook trout.

About 70 percent of those fish will be stocked in the preseason, prior to opening days of the trout fishing season. The other 30 percent will be stocked in-season during replenishment stockings.

The commission also plans to up the number of golden rainbow trout stocked in both the preseason and in-season. About 13,000 of the golden-orange pigmented, 1.5-pound fish will be released into waters across the state, 80 percent preseason and 20 percent in-season. That’s about 40 percent more than the 9,500 stocked last year.

“We’ve been able to produce more of these beautiful, large trout at our hatcheries thanks to our talented staff, equipment upgrades, innovations and increased efficiencies in the process.,” said Brian Wisner, director of the Bureau of Hatcheries.

“Because we’ll be stocking these fish in many places ahead of the mentored youth days and regular opening days, and then adding more in the weeks after the season opens, everybody has a great chance to catch one of these special trout.”

“Winter may be with us for a little while longer, but this is a great reminder that spring is right around the corner,” said Tim Schaeffer, commission Executive Director. “Now is the time to take a good look at the trout stocking schedules, get your gear ready, buy your fishing license, and start planning your opening day fishing adventure.”

The stocking schedules can be found through the commission’s FishBoatPA or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website.

The public is welcome to join in the stocking events, which are often labor-intensive, requiring many hands to get the trout to the stream or lake.

About 3.2 million trout averaging 11 inches in length will be stocked by the commission in 707 streams and 130 lakes open to public angling this year, including about 2.2 million rainbow, 660,000 brown and 360,000 brook.

In addition to trout raised at state fish hatcheries, cooperative nurseries operated by sportsmen’s clubs across the state will add another 1 million trout to waters open to public angling.

Once again included in this year’s stocking lists are the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, a program in which sections of 23 streams across the state are stocked with 14- to 20-inch trout and managed under delayed harvest artificial lures only catch-and-release regulations.

About 9,600 of those large trout will be stocked at a rate of 175 to 225 per mile of stream, which is comparable to the numbers of similarly sized fish in Pennsylvania’s best wild trout waters.

“What makes the Keystone Select streams and other special regulation waters unique is that you don’t have to wait until the regular opening day to start fishing,” said Eric Hussar, commissionBoard president. “These are catch-and-release areas that are open year-round, so it’s not unusual for many volunteers to spend the morning stocking with us in March before spending the afternoon throwing some lures or fly fishing. It’s a great opportunity.”

In addition to the trophy-fish changes already outlined, the commission has announced the following changes on individual waters.

Akeley Run, Warren County: An increase in landowner posting has led to the removal of trout stocking at a 2.3-mile section of stream extending from the confluence of Reynolds and Priest Hollow runs downstream to Widdlefield Run. Formerly, the water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Fish previously stocked in the stream will now be stocked in Jackson Run, Warren County.

Brooks Run, Cameron County: Based on the presence of a Class A wild Brook Trout population, trout stocking will be discontinued in favor of wild trout management on the section of stream extending from the state forest road bridge 1.8 miles upstream of the mouth downstream to the mouth. Formerly, the water was stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods. Fish previously stocked in the stream will now be stocked in First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Cameron and Potter counties.

Chapman Dam Reservoir, Warren County: Adult trout stocking will be reinstated at the 68-acre state park lake following the completion of maintenance and repairs to the dam and spillway. The lake will be stocked during the preseason, in-season and winter stocking periods.

Cold Stream, Centre County: Due to an increase in accessibility, the stocked portion of the stream was extended by 0.3 mile upstream. The revised stocking limits will extend for 1.3-mile from the state game lands boundary downstream to the inflow of Cold Stream Dam.

Deer Creek, Allegheny County: Due to an increase in accessibility, the stocked portion of the stream was extended by 0.3 mile downstream. The revised stocking limits will extend for 6.8-mile from the lower Rose Ridge golf property boundary downstream to 0.56 mile below Rich Hill Road bridge.

Donegal Lake, Westmoreland County: Adult trout stocking will be reinstated at the 90-acre commission lake following the completion of maintenance and repairs to the dam. The lake will be stocked during the preseason, in-season and fall stocking periods.

East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Potter County: An in-season stocking will be added to the 6.4-mile section of stream extending from Mud Lick Run downstream to the mouth. Formerly, the water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Also, based on the presence of a Class A wild brown trout population, trout stocking will be discontinued in favor of wild trout management on the 3.3-mile section of stream extending from Dolliver Trail downstream to Wild Boy Run. Formerly, the water was stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods. Fish previously stocked in the stream will now be stocked in the following Cameron and Potter county waters: East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Section 05, and First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek.

Minsi Lake, Northampton County: Adult trout stocking will be reinstated at the 122-acre commission lake following the completion of maintenance and repairs to the dam. The lake will be stocked during the preseason, in-season, and fall stocking periods.

Sheppard-Meyers Reservoir, York County: The 47-acre impoundment will be temporarily removed from the adult trout stocking program due to a complete drawdown of the reservoir for maintenance and repairs to the dam and the spillway. Formerly, the water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Repairs are scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2022, and the reservoir will be reinstated to the adult trout stocking program when conditions allow following refill.

Swift Run, Snyder County: Due to an increase in accessibility, the stocked portion of the stream was extended 0.8-mile upstream. The revised stocking limits will extend for 2 miles from Sandhill Road downstream to the mouth of the stream. An in-season stocking will be added to the water, which formerly was stocked on a preseason only basis. Also, based on the presence of a Class A wild brown trout population, trout stocking will be discontinued in favor of wild trout management on the 3.8-mile section of stream extending from the unnamed tributary at river-mile 6.78 downstream to T-469 bridge. Formerly, the water was stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods. Fish previously stocked in the stream will now be stocked Swift Run, Section 04, and Middle Creek, Snyder County.

Whipple Lake, Huntingdon County: The 22-acre impoundment will be temporarily removed from the adult trout stocking program due to a complete drawdown of the lake to allow for dredging and maintenance to the dam. Formerly, the water was stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods. Maintenance is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020, and the lake will be reinstated to the adult trout stocking program once conditions allow following refill.

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