Officials with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Fish and Boat Commission Friday announced they have lifted the no-fishing restrictions that were placed on two sections of Penns Creek in Bald Eagle State Forest last month.
The restrictions were put in place on August 4 to protect wild trout beset by high water temperatures and low stream levels.
The trout were congregating at the mouths of the Panther Run and Swift Run tributaries in Mifflin County, where the mountain streams were supplying needed oxygen and cooler water. Officials wanted to prevent additional stress by limiting angling stress.
“The cool nights have lowered water temperatures and the recent rain will help to improve stream flows,” said Jason Detar, Chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management. “As a result, trout are now spreading out again throughout the creek. We’ll continue to monitor the sections but are confident that with fall weather approaching, the worst conditions have passed.”More details and updates can be obtained from the Bald Eagle State Forest District by calling 570-922-3344.