The Fish and Boat Commission has scheduled a special Fisheries Committee meeting in Erie on November 24 to discuss a draft update to the trout management plan.
The meeting will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505-2042. The center is located outside the entrance to Presque Isle State Park.
The public is encouraged to attend the meeting.
“The goal of the strategic plan is to ensure that adequate protection is afforded to wild trout resources and that fisheries provided through the management of wild trout and the stocking of adult and fingerling trout will continue to provide excellent angling opportunities in Pennsylvania,” said Jason Detar, Chief of the Division of Fisheries Management.
“The plan includes input provided by a work group that consisted of commission staff, anglers affiliated with a variety of sportsmen’s organizations, and independent anglers not affiliated with a sportsmen’s organization,” he added.
As part of the plan, 19 priority issues have been identified encompassing four primary resource categories, which include: management of wild trout streams, management of stocked trout streams, management of stocked trout lakes, and trout management in Lake Erie.
The 2015-2017 version of the plan will primarily focus on issues that haven’t been completed from the previous plan and add several new issues that need to be addressed. Addressing these issues will be the primary focus of PFBC trout management through 2017.
In addition to the trout plan, there will be brief updates on a number of other initiatives, including the Carp Work Group, tailwater fisheries management, Susquehanna River smallmouth bass fishery, Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters program, and the Lake Erie steelhead fishery.Following the committee meeting, a date will be established to post the draft trout management plan on the Trout Plan page for review and public comment. The public comment period will be 30 days.