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Lehigh County
July 7-15, 2004

Area 5 Fisheries Management personnel and Waterways Conservation Officer Lee Creyer electrofished portions of the stocked section of Big Trout Creek in Lehigh County from July 7-15, 2004. The study was part of an ongoing effort by the PFBC to refine management plans for waterways throughout the state.

Big Trout Creek near Emerald

Big Trout Creek is stocked from the Furnace Road Bridge near Lehigh Furnace downstream 6.4 miles to the confluence with the Lehigh River at Slatington. Three sample reaches covering 0.7 miles (or 1,200 yards) of stream were worked. Of the 526 wild brown trout captured, 124 trout, or just under 25 percent of the catch were seven inches or longer. The largest brown trout was 16 inches in length. Staff were impressed with the number of stocked trout remaining well after the peak of trout fishing had ended. Based on body coloration and fin wear, staff determined an additional 70 legal-sized trout were from stockings earlier this year.

11 and 5 inch brown trout

Given the numbers of trout found in the recent study and excellent stream flows, area trout anglers might want to give Big Trout Creek serious attention yet this year!

Big Trout Creek in Slatington

-- Dave Arnold, Area 5 Fisheries Manager

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