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Fish & Boat Commission Winter Meeting January 26-27
Jan 20, 2004, 2:40pm

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HARRISBURG- The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold its winter quarterly meeting January 26-27 at agency headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg.

Commission committees will meet on Monday, January 26 beginning at 11 a.m. and Tuesday, January 27, beginning at 8 a.m. The formal agenda session will begin at or about 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday. It is possible that Commission action on some agenda items may be undertaken during other portions of the advertised public meeting. All committee meetings and the review of the agenda are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.

Among the items to be considered at the meeting is the proposed designation of right watersheds into the recently created Wild Brook Trout Enhancement Program. The concept is to eliminate the effect that harvest may have on wild brook trout populations and to increase the abundance of older and larger wild brook trout. Under these regulations, catch-and-release angling applies to brook trout at all times while the harvest of all other trout species is governed by statewide season, size and creel limits. To appeal to a broader base of anglers, these waters are open to angling on a year-round basis, with no special tackle restrictions. The regulations are applied on a watershed basin level (main stem and all tributaries) or to a portion of the basin in order to provide increased protection for wild brook trout over a larger area.

The Commission is considering adding Birch Run, Potter County; Jeans Run, Carbon County; Kistler Run, Monroe County; Lyman Run, Potter County; Minister Creek, Forest and Warren Counties; Shaeffer Run, Perry County; Camp Run, Westmoreland County and Wolf Swamp Run, Monroe County to program.

Among the other items the Commission will also consider are a proposal to allow the use all legal tackle types on Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only areas during the period of June 15 through Labor Day, a grant to the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority to construct a public fishing pier and rulemaking clarifying the maximum number of devices that may be used while ice fishing.

These meetings are open to the public.