So called slot limits are management tools used very successfully by conservations across the country, but many anglers in this area may not be all that familiar with the concept. Starting next year, some trout anglers here in the Valley may get an opportunity to fish some waters where slot limits are in place.
At its business meeting last week the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission adopted a final rule that would establish a harvest slot limit on section 03 of Penns Creek, stretching from Elk Creek downstream seven miles to a point just south of Swift Run. Anglers would be able to keep two trout provided the fish were at least seven but less than 12 inches long.
"Penns Creek provides a unique opportunity to evaluate a new special regulation on a productive limestone stream," according to Dave Miko, chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management. "The new regulation will direct limited harvest to intermediate sized fish, while protecting larger fish in the population."
It will take effect Jan. 1, for a seven-year period ending Dec. 31, 2020. It will apply from the opening day of trout season through Labor Day, with catch-and-release for the rest of the year. All tackle is permitted. During the period, the trout population will be monitored to determine the effectiveness of the regulation at meeting biological and social objectives for the fishery.
If you're one of those deer hunters who's applied for an antlerless license you may not realize that you can see if you got one by checking the Pennsylvania Game Commission web site. Simply go to www.pgc.state.pa.us and click onto the Outdoor Shop, where you can buy licenses on line. Enter some personal identification, like your PGC identification number or drivers license number, and there's a place to check on the status of antlerless or elk licenses. Also on the PGC web site you can check on the number of licenses remaining in any WMU.