|Penns Creek is a large (1,435 sq km
basin), fertile, limestone stream that arises from a spring in Penns Cave, Centre County, and flows eastward
81miles to its confluence with the Susquehanna River near Selinsgrove. The All
Tackle Trophy Trout section flows from the confluence of Elk Creek in Coburn downstream to a point
approximately 1/3 mile below Swift Run. The upper and lower portions of the section have good access, however
the middle portion of the section is only accessible via an abandon railroad grade that runs parallel to the stream
and a DCNR access at Ingleby.
This section has been managed for wild trout under All Tackle Trophy Trout regulations since 1995. Fisheries Management personnel have extensively monitored the wild brown trout population in this section through biennial sampling efforts during June at the DCNR access area near Ingleby.
Population estimates summarized from 1997 to 2007. Sampling was not conducted in 2003 due to extensive sampling on other reaches of Penns Creek.
From the data above, the wild brown trout population in this section of Penns Creek has maintained high numbers and biomass of trout over the past 10 years under All Tackle Trophy Trout regulations. It should also be noted that the numbers of brown trout 14 inches and larger have also increased over the same time period despite the fact that they are available for harvest under the Trophy Trout regulations. This section of Penns Creek continues to support a fine wild brown trout fishery in a relatively remote area.
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