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Trout Fishing Regulations
DELAYED HARVEST ARTIFICIAL LURES ONLY
 
  • Open to fishing year-round.
  • Fishing is permitted on a 24-hour basis.
  • Minimum size – 9 inches, caught on, or in possession on, the waters under these regulations from one hour before sunrise on June 15 to one hour after sunset on Labor Day.
  • The daily creel limit is three trout (combined species) from June 15 through Labor Day, caught on or in possession on the waters under these regulations. From the day after Labor Day until June 15, the daily creel limit is zero.
  • Fishing may be done with artificial lures only constructed of metal, plastic, rubber or wood, or with flies and streamers constructed of natural or synthetic materials. All such lures may be used with spinning or fly fishing gear.
  • Taking baitfish or fishbait is prohibited.
  • An angler in a boat may possess bait and fish caught in compliance with the seasons, sizes and creel limits in effect for a water from which it was taken, provided that the boat angler floats through the Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only area without stopping or engaging in the act of fishing or the boat angler puts in or takes out his boat at an access point within the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area.
  • A current trout/salmon permit (or Combination Trout/Salmon/Lake Erie permit) is required.
KEYSTONE SELECT STOCKED TROUT WATERS
Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters logoThe Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters program provides anglers with an exciting opportunity to fish for larger trout. Under the program, approximately 3,200 large trout, 2-to 3-years old and measuring between 14 to 20 inches, will be distributed among these select waters under the Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only special regulation. These larger trout are stocked only during the spring stocking periods to coincide with the period of peak angler use. As with many waters managed under Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only special regulation, not all of the waters managed under the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters program receive a fall stocking. Fall stocking is limited to stream sections that act as destination fisheries and tend to provide better angler use at this time of year. Currently, four of the eight stream sections in this program receive a fall stocking.

View a map of Keystone Select waters

Criteria for Stream Selections

Red keystoneIn the Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only water listings below and within regulated trout water region listings, look for the red keystone and yellow highlighting that indicates that this water is a Keystone Select Stocked Trout Water.

Waters under Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only regulations
Listed by County

ALLEGHENY

Bull Creek – 1.0 mile; from the first bridge on T-721 (above the T-721 and T-719 intersection) downstream to the T-721 bridge in Millerstown

Deer Creek – 1.9 miles; from the SR 0910 Bridge at T-678 intersection downstream to the lower boundary of Rose Ridge Golf Course

Pine Creek – 1.4 miles; from the abandoned railroad bridge near the T-575 and Duncan Ave. intersection downstream to 150 yards downstream of the SR 4019 bridge

ARMSTRONG

Buffalo Creek (Armstrong / Butler) – 3.7 miles; from Little Buffalo Run downstream to 0.6 mile above SR 4035 in Craigsville

BERKS

Tulpehocken Creek (Section 6) – 1.95 miles; from first deflector downstream from Blue Marsh Lake Dam downstream to the SR 3008 Bridge (Reber’s Road Bridge)

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterTulpehocken Creek (Section 7) – 1.84 miles; from the SR 3008 Bridge (Reber’s Road Bridge) downstream to the T-921 (Covered Bridge)

BLAIR

Little Juniata River – 0.7 mile; from the first bridge on SR 0220 just northeast of Bellwood downstream to the confluence with the first unnamed tributary entering from the west just south of Fostoria

BRADFORD

Towanda Creek – 1.7 miles; from SR 3001 downstream to Con’s Road (T-350)

BUTLER

Buffalo Creek (Armstrong / Butler) – 3.7 miles; from Little Buffalo Run downstream to 0.6 mile above SR 4035 in Craigsville

CAMBRIA

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterChest Creek – 1.8 miles; from the northern Patton borough line downstream to the SR 4022 Bridge at Thomas Mills

CARBON

Mud Run – 2.5 miles; in Hickory Run State Park

CENTRE

Black Moshannon Creek – 1.3 miles; from Dry Hollow downstream to 0.3 mile downstream of the Huckleberry Road bridge

CHESTER

East Branch Brandywine Creek – 1.2 miles; from SR 4019 (Dorlan’s Mill Road) downstream to SR 4004 (Dowlin Forge Road)

Pickering Creek – 1.5 miles; from SR 1019 (Charlestown Road) downstream to 330 yards upstream of the railroad bridge

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterMiddle Branch White Clay Creek – 1.67 miles; from SR 3009 (Good Hope Road) downstream to the confluence with the East Branch

West Valley Creek – 1.2 miles; from the confluence with the unnamed tributary (locally known as Colebrook Run) upstream of SR 2020 (Boot Road) downstream to 0.25 mile downstream of the railroad tunnel

CLARION

Piney Creek – 1.2 miles; SR 2016 Bridge downstream to 0.2 mile upstream of the SR 0066 Bridge

CLEARFIELD

Little Clearfield Creek – 1.1 miles; from 0.4 mile downstream of the T-584 Bridge downstream to 0.2 mile upstream of the SR 2023 (Turkey Hill) Bridge

Sandy Lick Creek – 1.71 miles; from the mouth of Laborde Branch downstream to the SR 219 Bridge

DAUPHIN

Manada Creek – 1.8 miles; from Fogarty Road downstream to Furnace Road (T-616)

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterWiconisco Creek – 0.74 mile; from the western edge of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art Walking Bridge downstream to the power line crossing located 1.7 miles upstream from the mouth

ELK

Big Mill Creek – 1.5 miles; from the confluence of Rocky Run downstream to 0.3 mile downstream of the Allegheny National Forest, Forest Road, 135 Bridge

East Branch Clarion River – 1.15 miles; from 110 yards downstream of the outflow from East Branch Clarion River Lake downstream to the State Gameland boundary 1.15 miles downstream of the upstream limit

FAYETTE

Meadow Run – 2.2 miles; from the SR 2011 Bridge (Dinner Bell Road) adjacent to the Ohiopyle St. Park office downstream to mouth

FOREST

East Hickory Creek – 1.7 miles; from the Queen Creek Bridge downstream to the Otter Creek Bridge

FRANKLIN

Falling Spring Branch – 1.02 miles; from Walker Road downstream to Fifth Avenue

FULTON

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterBig Cove Creek – 0.93 mile; from 200 yards downstream of the SR 0928 Bridge downstream to the lower Buchanan State Forest boundary

JUNIATA

East Licking Creek (Juniata / Mifflin) – 4.0 miles; from the Texas Eastern gas pipeline crossing downstream to the upstream boundary of the Karl B. Guss State Forest Picnic Area

LACKAWANNA

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterSouth Branch Tunkhannock Creek (Lackawanna / Wyoming) – 0.99 mile; from SR 6 downstream through Keystone College campus

LAWRENCE

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterNeshannock Creek – 2.67 miles; from the base of the Mill Dam in Volant downstream to the covered bridge on T-476

LEBANON

Quittapahilla Creek – 1.1 miles; from Spruce Street Bridge on T-398 downstream to the SR 0934 Bridge

LUZERNE

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterHarveys Creek – 1.7 miles; from Jackson Road (T-812) downstream to Pavlick Road (T-497)

Nescopeck Creek – 2.24 miles; from the upstream boundary of State Game Lands #187 downstream to a cable across the stream

LYCOMING

Little Pine Creek – 1.1 miles; from the confluence of Otter Run downstream to the confluence of Schoolhouse Hollow

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterLoyalsock Creek – 1.49 miles; from the Lycoming/Sullivan County line downstream to Sandy Bottom

Lycoming Creek – 1.3 miles; from the SR 0015 Bridge (Old Route 15) near Haleeka upstream 1.3 miles to the first overhead utility line crossing upstream of Powys Curve

Muncy Creek – 1.1 miles; from R. Sullivan property 600 yards upstream of T-650 Bridge downstream to vicinity of confluence of Big Run at Tivoli

McKEAN

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterKinzua Creek – 2.29 miles; From SR 219 at Tallyho downstream to Camp Run

West Branch Tunungwant Creek – 1.2 miles; from T-499 Bridge downstream to pipeline crossing near confluence of Gates Hollow

MERCER

Cool Spring Creek – 1.18 miles; from SR 2014 Bridge upstream to the abandoned railroad grade

MIFFLIN

East Licking Creek (Juniata / Mifflin) – 4.0 miles; from the Texas Eastern gas pipeline crossing downstream to the upstream boundary of the Karl B. Guss State Forest Picnic Area

Honey Creek – 1.75 miles; from the upper Bald Eagle St. Forest boundary downstream 1.75 miles

MONROE

McMichaels Creek – 1.66 miles; from a point 0.71 mile downstream of the bridge on Turkey Hill Road (T-416) downstream to Glen Brook Road SR 2004 Bridge

Tobyhanna Creek – 1.0 mile; from the confluence of Still Swamp Run, downstream to the PPL service bridge

PIKE

Dingmans Creek – 1.56 miles; from the base of Deer Leap Falls downstream to Dingmans Falls

POTTER

Allegheny River – 2.7 miles; from Pond Road 0.3 mile downstream of Colesburg downstream to ford 0.3 mile downstream of Prosser Hollow Bridge

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterFirst Fork Sinnemahoning Creek – 1.67 miles; from mouth of Bailey Run downstream to a bend above Berge Run Bridge

SCHUYLKILL

Bear Creek – 1.74 miles; from a cable 800 yards above T-662 downstream to the downstream side of the bridge on T-676

Little Schuylkill River – 1.7 miles; from SR 0895 in New Ringgold downstream to the T-848 Bridge near Rauschs

SNYDER

Middle Creek – 1.2 miles; from the bridge on SR 4007 (Pine Swamp Road) to the downstream boundary of State Game Lands #188

SOMERSET

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterLaurel Hill Creek – 2.33 miles; from 200 yards downstream of the T-364 (Jimtown Rd) bridge downstream to the T-364 (Laurel Hill Park Rd) Bridge upstream of the Laurel Hill Lake

Laurel Hill Creek – 1.26 miles; from the footbridge on State Game Lands #111 Road in Humbert downstream to Paddytown Hollow Run

SUSQUEHANNA

Salt Lick Creek – 1.45 miles; from 90 yards downstream from Beaver Creek downstream to boundary of State Game Lands #35

TIOGA

Pine Creek – 1.06 miles; from Darling Run to a point 150 meters downstream of the confluence with Owassee Slide Hollow

VENANGO

Oil Creek (Section 5) – 1.0 mile; from the two green posts near the Drake Well Museum downstream to Oil Creek State Park hiking trail bridge

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterOil Creek (Section 7) – 1.55 miles; from the Petroleum Center Bridge downstream to the Columbia Farm Railroad Bridge

WASHINGTON

Dutch Fork – 1.59 miles; from the first bridge (SR 0070) upstream of the Columbia Gas Compressor Station downstream to the Dutch Fork Lake backwaters at T-487 Bridge just off SR 3001 (Lake Road)

Pike Run – 1.1 miles; from the confluence with the unnamed tributary upstream of the SR 2079 Bridge downstream to the powerline crossing downstream of the SR 2036 Bridge

WAYNE

West Branch Wallenpaupack Creek – 1.74 miles; from 0.6 mile downstream from the Jones Creek confluence downstream to the Callapoose Rd. (SR 3009) Bridge

WESTMORELAND

Indian Creek – 1.6 miles; from the T-916 Bridge downstream to the SR 0381 Bridge

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterLoyalhanna Creek – 1.67 miles; from SR 711 downstream to SR 2045

WYOMING

Keystone Select Stocked Trout WaterSouth Branch Tunkhannock Creek (Lackawanna / Wyoming) – 0.99 mile; from SR 6 downstream through Keystone College campus

Alternate listings
Statewide Interactive Maps
Pennsylvania waters and regulatory information is listed within our County Guide and/or Special Fishing Regulations interactive maps.
Regional by Category
Waters are grouped by specific regulation within each of the Commission's 6 regions, choose a region from map below, or: NWNCNESWSCSE
PA map showing PFBC regions
 
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