PFBC proposes Class A change
BY JOHN LUND
Wyoming County Press Examiner
At its quarterly meeting, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently proposed a change to its policy statement on managing Class A wild trout populations, which would add categories for mixed wild brook and rainbow trout fisheries and for mixed wild brown and rainbow trout fisheries.
The proposal also added a statement which noted that no water will be removed from the Class A designation unless a cause that led to a reduction in the wild trout population has been clearly identified and the PFBC has determined that the water can no longer reestablish the Class A population.
Class A classifications are given to bodies of water that generally hold a minimum of three wild trout within 100 yards.
An unnamed tributary in Centermoreland that leads to Leonard’s Creek in Beaumont was the last body of water added to the 10 total premier wild trout streams from Wyoming County.
The proposal could add for future additions to the Class A list, and would allow for current designation to remain as is.
Rob Wnuk, Area 4 Fisheries Manager of the PFBC, has surveyed the main streams in Wyoming County to determine a Class A classification.
“A wild trout stream is any stream that supports any level of trout reproduction,” Wnuk said. “Class A is considered the best of the best in terms of wild trout, and generally falls under the top ten percent in streams measured in bio mass across the state.”
His designated area territory covers all the water that drains in the north branch of the Susquehanna River and covers an area bigger than the state of Connecticut.
Wnuk uses electrofishing, which gives a small shock to the water that will stun the fish and allow them to be counted. Each fish is accounted for and the process is repeated the next day.
PFBC then takes the ratio of unmarked and marked fish and multiplies that number by the mean weight to come up with an estimate.
An updated list of ‘Class A’ wild trout waters is listed below:
*Burgess Brook, brook trout, headwaters downstream to mouth (1.2 miles), Jenningsville.
*Hettesheimer Run, brook trout, headwaters downstream to mouth (1.6 miles), Noxen Twp.
*Roaring Run, brook trout, headwaters downstream to confluence (2.6 miles), Meshoppen/Noxen Twp.
*Roaring Run, brook and rainbow trout, confluence downstream to mouth (2.4 miles), Noxen Twp.
*South Branch Roaring Run, brook trout, headwaters downstream to mouth (2 miles), Noxen Twp.
*Stone Run, brook trout, headwaters downstream to mouth (2.2 miles), Noxen Twp.
*Sugar Hollow Creek, rainbow trout, headwaters downstream to mouth (4.7 miles), Meshoppen/Tunkhannock Twp.
*Unnamed Tributary to Leonard Creek, brook and brown trout, headwaters downstream to mouth (1 mile), Centermoreland.
*Windfall Run, brook trout, headwaters downstream to mouth (1.7 miles), Dutch Mtn./Noxen.
*York Run, brook trout, headwaters downstream to mouth (2.3 miles), Noxen Twp.