Trout stocking schedule set for York, Adams – The Evening Sun

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Joe Humphreys explains how when he caught a state-record, 34-inch brown trout in 1977 he managed to earn a free drink from a bartender.
Jim Seip, York Daily Record

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will soon begin stocking designated trout streams across the commonwealth in preparation for the opening of the 2017 trout fishing seasons.

The agency’s fleet of white stocking trucks will soon cross the state carrying brook, brown and rainbow trout to approved trout waters. More than 4,590,000 trout will be divided among the states 722 streams and 124 lakes. The numbers include approximately 3,146,300 fish (combined species) raised by the PFBC and 1,444,563 raised by cooperative nurseries.

Opening day is April 1 for 18 counties in southeastern Pa. including York and Adams counties. Opening day for the remainder counties will be April 15. Starting time is 8 a.m. both days.

To facilitate stocking, the stocked trout waters are closed to fishing until the opening day of the seasons.

Anglers anxious for seasons’ opening follow the stocking trucks, and many will help in placing the fish in the waters. Stocking usually occurs at select spots among streams and lakes. At some locations, volunteers will float stock transporting the fish down a stream distributing fish along the way.

Here are the preseason stocking schedules for Adams County streams, including time, date and meeting place. Note that schedules could change depending on weather conditions.

  • Bermudian Creek: March 28, 10:15 a.m., Fairfield Post Office.
  • Carbaugh Run: March 27, 10 a.m., Green Village Restaurant, Chambersburg.
  • Conewago Creek: March 11, 10:30 a.m., Adams County National Bank, Arndtsville.
  • Conococheague Creek: March 27, 10 a.m., Green Village Restaurant.
  • East Branch Antietam Creek: March 29, 10:30 a.m., Hardee’s, Waynesboro.
  • Latimore Creek: March 24, 10:30 a.m., Bendersville.
  • Little Marsh Creek, Marsh Creek and Middle Creek: March 3, 10:30 a.m., Cashtown Community Center.
  • Opossum Creek: March 24, 10:30 a.m., Bendersville Post Office.
  • Orrtanna Pond No. 1: March 11, 10:30 a.m., ACNB, Arendtsville.
  • Toms Creek: March 29, 10:15 a.m., Fairfield Post Office.
  • Waynesboro Reservoir: March 23, 10:30 a.m., South Mountain Post Office.

Preseason stocking schedules for streams in York County include:

  • Bald Eagle Creek: March 6, 11 a.m., Winterstown Fire Co.
  • Beaver Creek: March 17, 11 a.m., Crawley Fish and Game.
  • Codorus Creek: March 21, 10:45 a.m., Loganville Exit 10, I-83.
  • East Branch Codorus Creek: March 8, 10:45 a.m., Exit 10, I-83.
  • Fishing Creek: Match 17, 11 a.m., Crawley Fish and Game.
  • Leibs Creek: March 6, 11 a.m., Winterstown Fire Co.
  • Muddy Creek: March 21, 10:45 a.m. Loganville Exit 10, I-83. Special regulated waters of Muddy Creek were scheduled for stocking on Feb. 22.
  • North Branch Muddy Creek: March 13, 11 a.m., Felton Post Office.
  • Otter Creek: March 13, 11 a.m. Felton Post Office and March 17, 11 a.m., Crawley Fish and Game.
  • Sheppard and Myers Reservoir (Hanover Water Co.): March 8, 10:45 a.m., Exit 10, I-83.
  • South Branch Codorus Creek: March 21, 10:45 a.m., Exit 10, I-83.
  • South Branch Muddy Creek: March 6, 11 a.m., Winterstown Fire Co.
  • Yellow Breeches Creek: March 22, 9:30 a.m., Boiling Springs Post Office.

Other significant dates on the PFBC’s 2017 schedule include:

  • Regional Mentored Youth Day: March 25.
  • Statewide Mentored Youth Day: April 8.
  • Walleye opening day: May 6.
  • National Safe Boating Day: June 20.
  • Fish for Free Days: May 28 and Aug. 4.
  • Bass opening day: June 17.
  • Extended trout season begins: Sept. 5.

Maryland deer harvest 

Maryland hunters harvested 85,193 deer during the combined archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons (Sept. 9, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2017), according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The harvest exceeded the 2015-2016 total by more than 1,000 deer.

Included in the statewide total were 7,684 deer taken on Sundays open for deer hunting, representing an increase of 19 percent compared to last year.

Frederick County led the harvest totals again this year with 7,556 deer, followed by Carroll County at 5,663 and Baltimore County with 5,367. Montgomery and Washington counties rounded out the top five with 4,873 and 4,736 deer, respectively.

Bob Marchio is outdoors writer for The (Hanover) Evening Sun. He may be reached at: bmarchio@embarqmail.com.

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