State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Nanticoke, will host a town hall meeting with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on Thursday, March 21 at the Luzerne County Community College Education Conference Center from 7 to 9 p.m. A presentation will be given by Fish and Boat Commission staff followed by a question and answer period.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is stocking adult trout in a variety of lakes and streams that are open to public angling throughout Pennsylvania in 2013 and has posted “where” and “when” those fish will be released at www.fishandboat.com.
Anglers can easily search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates of interest. To make the list, simply go to www.fishandboat.com, click on the link for 2013 Trout Stocking Schedules, select a county, and start and end dates from the calendars at the top of the page. Then press “Go.”
The search results will provide each body of water within a county that is scheduled for stocking, the section of water, the date, the species of trout, the meeting place and time, the hatchery stocking the section, the regulations that apply, and the latitude/longitude number.
The PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 735 streams and 123 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 1.84 million rainbow; 836,000 brown; and 509,000 brook trout. As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.
In addition to these fish, the PFBC plans to stock about 8,500 trophy golden rainbow trout that weigh an average of 1.5 pounds and measure at least 14 inches long.
About 52% of the trout are stocked prior to opening day; 43% are stocked between opening day and the end of May; and the remaining 5% are stocked from October through February of the following year.
Also, cooperative nurseries run by sportsmen’s clubs across the state will add another 1 million trout to waters close to them.
The 2013 season will open March 30 with the regional opening day of trout in 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties.
For the rest of the state, the regular opening day of trout season is April 13.
The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District will host a meeting to announce the 2013 Francis E. Walter Dam recreation program on March 7 in White Haven. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain Laurel Resort off of Pennsylvania Route 940. In 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held 22 of 24 scheduled whitewater events and numerous releases for fisheries throughout the recreation season. For more information, visit the USACE Philadelphia District web site or the Francis E. Walter Dam Facebook page.
A Northeastern Pennsylvania Forest Landowners Conference at Keystone College will be held on March 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Penn State Extension in partnership with DCNR Bureau of Forestry has developed this one-day program to help landowners make informed decisions about the management of their forestlands. Topics include: Utility Right-of-Way Agreements, Insect and Disease Forest Pest Update, Invasive Species Id and Control, Gas Lease Wildlife Habitat Restoration, Incentive Programs for Landowners, Prescribed Burns, Utilizing Low Grade Forest Products. For more information contact Luzerne County Extension at 825-1701.
Nescopeck State Park will hold the following programs in March. For more information or to register call 403-2006.
Saturday, March 9 - PA Fish and Boat Commission Basic Boating Course; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 - The Woods in Your Backyard: A Sustainable Landscapes Workshop; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 - Sounds of a Spring Night; 7 p.m.