Lehigh River
Stocking Association

PO Box 97
Trexlertown, PA 18087

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They look great and show you support the Lehigh River restoration efforts. The hats have embroidered lettering and brook trout. The t-shirts are printed on both sides. View Riverwear

We encourage all sponsors to attend the stated meeting of the LRSA held the last Tuesday of each month. New Meeting Location and time - Market Cafe at Wegmans, 3900 Tilghman St., Allentown. Meetings 7:00-8:30 the last Tuesday of each month.

LRSA Officers:

President: Matt MacConnell, 610-657-2707
Vice President: Vince Spaits, 215-272-3175
Secretary: Jim Deeble
Treasurer: Tom Gyory
Merchandise: Chuck Morgenstern
Webmaster and Newsletter Editor: Matt MacConnell

LRSA Board of Directors:

Gary Klein, Chuck Morgenstern
Tom Gyory
Greg Gliwa
Matt MacConnell
Vincent Spaits
Jim Deeble
David Carl , Karl Imdorf

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Mission Statement
The Lehigh River Stocking Association is a nonprofit, 501C-3 public organization dedicated to the restoration, revitalization and restocking of the Lehigh River. Our goal is the continuous improvement of this waterway and its tributaries. Our objectives are to insure clean water, a healthy and balanced ecosystem, an abundant fishery and access points for all citizens to enjoy. This will be to the benefit of all interests; including the businesses located throughout this region, the sportsmen and the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This project has been ongoing for two decades with great success. We need and ask for your support for this outstanding program to continue.

LRSA Basic Sponsorship: (#lrsa011)  Our most popular... Makes a great gift, for a great cause or renew your sponsorship now. Includes one year sponsorship, semi-annual newsletter, decal , badge (pin), card and S&H. $25.00 + $2.00 S&H. Total: $27.00
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Sponsor Price for Lunkerfest: (#LUNKERFEST1) Lunkerfest 2015 Preregistration. Event to be held May 30, 2015 at the Bowmanstown East Penn Boat ramp. Event runs from 8:30 to 3. Dozens of prizes. LRSA sponsors price Total: $20.00. This year we will stock more river distance to reduce the crowding. Also special fishing pool will be set up for kids.
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Lunkerfest: (#LUNKERFEST) Lunkerfest 2015 Preregistration. Event to be held May 30, 2015 at the Bowmanstown East Penn Boat ramp. Event runs from 8:30 to 3. Dozens of prizes. LRSA sponsors price $20, non-sponsors Total: $25.00. This year we will stock more river distance to reduce the crowding. Also special fishing pool will be set up for kids.
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LRSA Promotional Video - 2014

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January 2015 Newsletter

2014 Fall Drawing Winners - Congratulations to Winners, winning tickets pictured below. Thanks everyone for participating in the drawing.

2015 sponsorships are being accepted. The basic sponsorship price is now $25. The LRSA will be placing orders for the 2015 fish soon using our line of credit to obtain the early purchase discount. Thank you all for your support. Trout fishing on the Lehigh in 2014 was phenomenal thanks to all of you.
FYI - PA Outdoor Life Program that aired this past July is available on DVD. This features drift boat fishing on the Lehigh River. Don Jacobs host of the TV program floated the river with Paul Davidson (Skinner Guide Service) and Vince Spaits (LRSA Board who organized the event) while Tom Gyory floated his trout scout along side. On Tom's boat were the TV camera man, Matt MacConnell and Tom at the oars. Some nice fish were caught so we are looking forward to seeing how the show came out!
There were 17 tags retrieved from the Lunkerfest extended contests. Awards were mailed out to all those who sent in tags.

2014 Lehigh River Tributary Survey Completed June 8th, 2014. Download Report.

2014 Spring Drawing Winners below. Thanks everyone for participating.

#1 ($100) Jackie Crocus, Orwigsburg

#2 ($25) Joe Bnosky, Tamaqua

#3 ($25) Kathy Houck, Whitehall

#4 ($25) Paul Davidson, Lehighton

#5 ($25) Len Benek, Lansford

#6 (25) Ron Macaulay, New Tripoli

#7 ($25) William Beers, Palmerton

#8 ($25) Wes Mills, Chalfonte

#9 ($50) Margaret Kalnas, Whitehall

#10 ($25) Jeff Balsai, Bethlehem


#11 ($50) Carl Reichl, Catasauqua

#12 ($25) Eileen Mriss, Lehighton

#13 ($25) Frank Hendershot, Pen Argyl

#14 ($25) Tim Powell, Bethlehem

#15 ($25) Joe Schulter, Allentown

#16 ($25) Keith Schaffer, Perkasie

#17 ($25) Tim Smith, 215 area

#18 ($25) Steve Gombocz, Orefield

#19 ($100) Joe Gocek, Weatherly

#20 ($25) Heyt, ???

Lunkerfest 2014 a Success -

The event was held May 31st at Bowmanstown East Penn boat ramp area. Over 175 people registered. The Muskie pool was stocked with 600 lbs of trout ranging from 14 to 28". About 50 prizes were awarded to contestants in order of the size fish caught. Tagged fish continue to be eligible for prizes to be drawn at random at the June meeting (send any tags you catch in to our PO Box or bring to the June meeting (Wegmans in Allentown, Tilghman St. 7pm, last Tuesday of each month). The winners are listed below (we limited one prize per contestant). Many fish were released so we dont have a record of total fish caught but well over 100 fish. For photo collection click here.

Fred Foster 21" Palamino
Ryan Scott 20 5/8 Brown
Chris Collings 19 1/2 Rainbow
Jason Moser 18 3/4 Brown
Paul Davidson 18 3/4 rainbow
Kenny Sutton 18 1/2 rainbow
Tim Hummel 18 1/2 brown
Colin Wescoe 18 1/4 brown
Melissa Morgan 18 Tiger
Josh Eichler 17 1/2 brown
Matt Burns 17 3/8 brown
Josiahs Cooper 17 rainbow
Jeremy Sala 17 rainbow
Sean Mccollum 16 3/4 rainbow
Martin Williams 16 3/4


Chris Hill 16 3/4 brown
Jeff Strauf 16 3/4 brown
Bill Marlow 15 3/4 brown
Matt Gibais 15 5/8 rainbow
Kevin Reed 15 3/8 rainbow
Paul Troutman 15 5/8 brown
Joe Mucka Jr 15 1/4 rainbow
John Ermlick 15 1/4 brown
Andrew Sutphin 15 brown
Chris Collings 15 rainbow
Mark Bollinger 15 rainbow
Kenny Bretz 15 brown
Geoff Gallagher 15 brown
Charles Decker 14 3/4 brown
Skip Rothermel 14 5/8 brown
Joshua Disanto 14 1/2 rainbow
Cheryl Krystopa 14 1/2 brown
Chris Krystopa 14 3/8 brown
Daniel Comisac 14 3/8 brown
Chris Fox 14 rainbow
Jonathan Chevalier 14 rainbow
Larry Davis 14 brown
Chase Deluca 14 rainbow
Kevin Hoffmn 13 3/4 brown
Quinn Horn 13 3/4 brown
Chris Smith 13 1/2 rainbow
Austin Hunsicker 13 3/8 brown
Austin Rogers 13 brown
Faron Frable 13 rainbow
Matt Lear 12 3/4 rainbow
Tom Mattis 12 1/2 brown

Stocking completed May 11th - 1800 lbs of 12-15" colorful rainbow and brown (50/50 mix) were released between Jim Thorpe and Northampton on Sunday May 11th. Fishing reports in the river have been phenonmenal.

Thanks everyone for coming out to help stock 1800 lbs of 12-15" rainbow and brown trout (50/50 mix) on April 12, 2014. We started at the Glen Onoko pool, Nesquehoning bridge, Jim Thorpe train station area, Lehighton at Packerton Dip (strait back and then pump house and then the Kovatch hole), then Dunbar's beach. Then Parryville at the turnpike overpass and Pohopoco creek confluence. Then Bowmanstown 895 bridge, Lizard Creek confluence, East Penn boat ramp area, a few spots along the D&L trail near Bowmans Island, then finished up at the Palmerton horseshoe (Delaware Ave area). Great colors on these fish.

This compliments the 1800 lbs of 12-15" rainbow/brown 50/50 mix stocked March 29th in the lower section. This started at Northampton Canal road below the cementon dam, at the dam, then Laurys Station, then Triechlers (145 bridge and old dam location), then Walnutport (main st bridge, pavilion, and pillars) and finished at Slatington (Szokes and 873 bridge).

23" tagged brown in memory of Zach Paules. If you catch, remove tag and contact us for prize.

Rainbow colors are intense!

The LRSA successfully stocked the Lehigh River between Northampton below Cementon Dam, through Laurys Station, Triechlers, Walnutport and finishing in Slatington. 1800 lbs of 50/50 rainbow/brown mix in 12-15" class. Clip from Walnutport Poughkeepsie bridge (pillars). A 23" brown was released in memory of Zachary Paules, an avid Lehigh River angler who passed at the age of 23 in December 2013. The trout was tagged with orange #25, if the tag is retrieved please contact the LRSA for a prize. Video clip of the release below.


Please send in your sponsorship dues. We need the cash now to purchase trout for spring stocking. Thank you.

LRSA Basic Sponsorship: (#lrsa011)  Our most popular... Makes a great gift, for a great cause or renew your sponsorship now. Includes one year sponsorship, semi-annual newsletter, decal , badge (pin), card and S&H. $25.00 + $2.00 S&H. Total: $22.00
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For more water quality parameters please log on with instructions below and select the parametes of interest (additional parameters include % saturation dissolved O2, ppm Nitrate, ORP mV)

Log on at: http://dms.telog.com/TelogE/DesktopLoginPage.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fteloge%2f

User Name: Lehigh River
Password: LRSA
(note, case sensitive)
Expand the subdirectories by clicking the + until the measurements are listed.  Click on the parameter of interest and the time range then the trend will be charted and data values tabulated.  Click on the "properties" tab to select the time window and/or to add multiple parameters to your charts.

We are working to clearly establishe Trout Stocked Fishery (TSF) and/or High Quality Cold Water Fisheries (HQ-CWF) conditions in the Lehigh between Carbon and Lehigh Counties. The Palmerton location is the mid-point in our trout stocking range between Jim Thorpe and Northampton and we hope to establish that Palmerton water conditions are also consistent with trout stocked fishery parameters. Given this, we will be in good position to continue lobbying the PA Fish and Boat Commission for assistance in stocking the Lehigh mainstem with adult trout. Probe data is historized so you can still view data from years ago in Jim Thorpe up till present time in Palmerton.



Memberships now being taken for 2014! New merchandise available - tees, sweats, hats

October 24, 2013 - Presentation to Lehigh Gap Nature Center of LRSA Conservation Work

New LRSA Meeting Location Time and Place (starting April 2013) -

When: Last Tuesday of each month, 7pm-8:30pm

Where: Market Cafe, Wegmans at 3900 West Tilghman St. in Allentown

July 2014 Newsletter

May 2014 Newsletter

March 2014 Newsletter

PA Rep Doyle Heffley at podium with owner Kirt Kressley (left) at press conference at the Firefly facility. He was introducing a bill for shorter term limits for PFBC commissioners. The hatchery remains devoid of trout despite operation for over 100 years, all because trout stocked from the hatchery have been spawning in the adjoining creek, so now it is designated class A and the hatchery is not allowed to operate due to the associated "degradation". What a shame. Five 100 ft long 10 ft wide raceways could raise 30,000 trout + each year but now raises zero because of the DEP rule.


LRSA is working to get a cooperative trout nursery started at the former Kriss Pines trout hatchery in Lehighton. The current owners have renamed the facility Firefly Trout Hatchery. The PFBC has reported sufficient wild brown trout in the adjacent stream (Sawmill Run) to seek to classify the water as Class A. If this designation goes through, the hatchery can only operate if it does not degrate the receiving waters. LRSA is working on a plan to monitor water quality at the site. If the plan is approved, LRSA will work with the owners and with PFBC to raise trout at the location for 5 years to supplement trout stocking in the Lehigh. See article in Times News. Also see Morning Call article.



Thank you to Air Products and Chemicals for their generous 2011 contribution of $2,000 to support the LRSA water qaulity program. LRSA submitted grant application ($186,000) to US Fish and Wildlife for fishway at Parryville Dam. Unfortunately, the Growing Greener grant application ($50,000) we made was not successful, this was to study to improve performance of the Lausanne Tunnel AMD passive wetland treatment system and to address the untreated bypass flow in Nesquehoning Borrough (north of Jim Thorpe). This study will use flow data obtained from the flow devices LRSA installed last year with grant funds from Sierra Club. A third grant was also submitted ($21,000) to the US Fish and Wildlife for a Lehigh River water quality monitoring system to be installed in the Palmerton Area (intended to be on-line, like the one we have in Jim Thorpe) - but unfortunately the Palmerton water quality grant request was not accepted.



March 2013 Newsletter




Photo below of Paul Davidson (owner of Skinner Lehigh River guided float service) with 25" 7 or 8 lb rainbow trout caught on a silver/black rapala two days after Lunkerfest2012. Paul was a sponsor of one of our grand prizes, a float trip for two, and we are glad to see he landed this trophy trout.


LRSA Collaborates with Lehigh Valley Sierra Club and Wildlands Conservancy to install passive aerators at the Lausanne Tunnel abandoned mine drainage (AMD) site in Jim Thorpe. See report which shows how dissolved oxygen levels were increased from 10% to 15%. This increased aeration in the aerobic wetland treatment system will increase the amount of heavy metals (iron and manganese) that is settled and trapped in the wetland before entering the river.



Four days after Lunkerfest Joe Gocek (above left) caught this 26" 7lb 3 oz rainbow and his dad, Tom Gocek, caught the 27.5in 12 lb rainbow 12 days later. Bowmanstown has provided some trophy fishing this year, thanks to all who supported the LRSA Lunkerfest.

Contact LRSA - We want to know if you have questions, would like to comment on our programs or please also let us know if you have any complaints, we want to keep improving the organization. Our email is Lehigh.River.Stocking.Association@gmail.com

New: A four year profile of Lehigh River water temperatures - 2006,2007,2008 and 2009

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We are low on sponsors this year for some reason and will not be able to meet LRSA stocking targets without your support.

Tight Lines.

Francis E Walter Dam Release Schedule - for details go to the Links Below. These are the presentations or press releases made to the public by the Army Corp of Engineers.

River Flow Rates - Click on the Link Below for Real Time Flows



Lehigh River Fisheries Management Plan
May 1, 2007
Prepared by:
David A. Arnold and Daryl J. Pierce
Fisheries Management Area 5
Division of Fisheries Management
Bureau of Fisheries
Pennsylvania Fish

Lehigh River named Pennsylvania’s ‘River of the Year'

DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis this week named the Lehigh River as the commonwealth’s River of the Year for 2007.

Lehigh RiverThe designation recognizes the watershed’s role in eastern Pennsylvania history and its promising recreational future. The Lehigh River drains portions of 10 counties and stretches more than 100 miles.

“The Lehigh River is alive and thriving, with water quality better now than it has been the last 150 years,” DiBerardinis said. “There are scores of partners working to preserve, protect and enhance this great state resource, and its resurgence has pumped new life into the communities surrounding it.

“Once a historic transportation corridor for coal bound from Carbon and Luzerne counties to Philadelphia, New York and beyond, the Lehigh River helped fuel America’s Industrial Revolution,” DiBerardinis said. “Now, mountain bikers, hikers and hunters are seen where mules and canal barges hauled coal and other cargo. Where dams once contained the mighty river, anglers in great number now seek trout, American shad and other species found in a healthy waterway.”

DCNR annually designates a “River of the Year” to applaud local residents, governments, non-profit and conservation organizations working to improve waterways and the quality of life in their watersheds across the state.

The Lehigh River winds 104 miles from its headwaters near Gouldsboro, Wayne County, to its junction with the Delaware River in Easton, Northampton County. Its watershed drains Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Schuylkill and Wayne counties. The Lehigh is the Delaware’s second largest tributary.


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