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efforts. The hats have embroidered lettering and brook trout. The t-shirts
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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.
President: Matt MacConnell, 610-657-2707
Vice President: Greg Gliwa
Treasurer: Tom Gyory
Merchandise: Colleen Miller 610-760-1367
Newsletter Editor: Matt MacConnell
LRSA Board of Directors:
Gary Klein, Chuck Morganstern
, Karl Imdorf
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.
The late Norm Greene's Memorial 25"+ male brown trout - This one is for our friend Trap. Donated by his son Norm Greene at Lunkerfest2013, now loose somewhere in the Lehigh River. Dustin Miller, who raised this bruiser at Birch Creek Fishery, is doing a good job displaying the fish so all gathered could get a good look before he was released.
- photo below from left: Randy Getz with 20.25" rainbow (4th), Josh Eichler with 24" brown (2nd) and Cole Kerschner with winning 25 1/8 brown (or tiger, some debate on this). At least two other massive fish were on lines but snapped off. Still about twelve 24" plus fish swiming in that area (3rd photo below). In photo below Jeff Strohl delivers the 3rd place 20 3/8" brown to the table to be measured. Colby Henry was 5th with a 17 1/4" brown and there were 15 other winners in the 14-15".
Over 50 fish caught over the coarse of the contest and 76 prizes were distributed to contestants. Fish were hitting slow for some reason, so plenty left in the Lehigh. About 100 fish were tagged and 8 turned in so far. The tags can be used for more Lunkerfest prizes at our June 25th (either mail in your tags or come to the June 25th Meeting at Wegman's Market Cafe in Allentown at 7pm).
Thanks to our prize sponsors, including in no particular order: LL Bean, Cabela's, Rivers Outdoor Adventures, Skinner Guide Service, Mainstream Outfitters in Doylestown, Rack-N-Reel in Walnutport, Jaindl in Orefield, Bob's Wildlife in Orefield, Dave's Sport Center in Doylestown, AF Boyer Hardware in Slatington, Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus, Archery Addiction in Walnutport, Coplay News in Northampton, Willy's Bait and Tackle in Northampton, Rusty Balls Tackle in Allentown, BC Bait in Lehighton, Carol's Bait in Lehighton, Catfish Creek Camps at Lake Ontario, Archery at the Glenn in Allentown, Chris's Bait and Tackle in Mertztown, Klotz's Bait Shop in Hellertown, Frames Unlimited in Allentown, Riverwalck Saloon in Parryville, Mike's Bait and Sports Shop in Nazareth, Rita's Ice and ACME Super Market in Quakertown.
Thanks everyone for coming out.
Lunkerfest2013 brought to you by our board. Organizers of this years event pictured below: From left: Matt MacConnell, Tom Gyory, David Carl, Garry Klein, Vincent Spaits, Chuck Morganstern, Greg Gliwa, John Berry, and last but not least seated in the front row is Miss Lunkerfest, Taffy Connolly. Not pictured board member Karl Imdorf.
Below, of Josh Eichler (who won last years lunkerfest) and his 2nd place 24" brown
John Snyder releases a 26" brown on 12May13 in memory of his son, Adam Webster, who passed in September 2012. The trout is carrying tag No. 50. This put a nice accent on the Mother's Day stocking where one truck dispersed trout from Jim Thorpe, Packerton, Lehighton, Parryville to Palmerton. A second truct stocked from Northampton, Lauries Station, Triechlers, Walnutport to Slatington. Another accent for this days stocking were the two 24" browns released from the Northampton truck by Vince Spaits in memory of his two brothers.
Jim Thorpe train station area stocked 12May2013
Spring Drawing Winners drawn: Thannks everyone for partipating in this important fund raiser. The winning tickets are in photo below and the associated number indicated. #1 and #19 are $100, #9 and #11 are $50, all others are $25.
2013 In-Season Trout stocking May 12th - Meeting locations: 1) Jim Thorpe train station parking lot at 9am (this truck will stock from here down to Palmerton). 2) Northampton Paviion on Canal Street at 9am (this truck will stock from here up to Slatington)
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 Tilghman St. in Allentown
The 2nd trout stocking took place Saturday April 13th. Two trucks: 1) Glen Onoko just above the bridge in the pool, 10am. Truck stocked here, Jim Thorpe, Packerton and Lehighton. 2) Parryville at Rock Hill Cement parking area (oposite RiverWalck Saloon off Rt248), also at 10am. Truck stocked here, then Bowmanstown then down Palmerton stretch (along D&L trail) as far as horseshoe (at Delaware ave interchange).
Lower Lehigh Spring stocking completed Saturday March 30th. Truck 1 from Northampton to Treichlers and Truck 2 used tubs from Main St bridge in Walnutport down several stops toward Bertsch Creek then float stocked from Rt873 boat ramp down behind Szokes and Slatington Air Port.
Thanks to all those who participated in the Fall Ticket Drawing. The drawing was held on Dec 11th and the winners are listed below. A photo of one of the winning tickets being drawn is provided below. These fund raisers are very important for our stocking program budget and the LRSA board is very grateful for your contributions. We look forward to the calendar daily numbers contest which will commence in February and March.
2012 Fall Ticket Drawing Winners: 1) Tom Epler, Allentown, $100; 2) Nancy Getz, Jim Thorpe, $25; 3) Shirley Greene, Lehighton, $25; 4) Mike Frisby, Allentown, $25; 5) Kirk, Bethlehem, $25; 6) Dino's, 215 area, $25; 7) JoAnne Zaren, Warminster, $25; 8) Ann Gavala, Barnesville, $25; 9) Gene Behney, New Tripoli, $50; 10) Robert McDonald, Orwigsburg, $25; 11) Greg Ricciardi, 215 area, $50; 12) George Ueltzen, Saylorsburg, $25; 13) Josh Zeman, Barnesville, $25, 14) Frank Bostick, Walnutport, $25; 15) Joan Bauder, Allentown, $25; 16) Corey Smith, 215 area, $25; 17) William Lawrence, Summit Hill, $25; 18) Leonard Ludinsky, Mahanoy City, $25; 19) Jan Lourent, Barnesville, $100; 20) Janet Frey, Milford Square, $25.
Randy Getz pulls a lucky winner from the ticket mixer at the LRSA meeting on 11Dec12.
Brown trout stocked in Lauries Station area, above and below, classic LRSA quality fish
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.
The Parryville Dam on the Pohopoco Creek is a barrier to thermal refuge and spawning habitat for Lehigh River trout. This 9 ft high impoundment is located about 100 yards upstream of the Lehigh confluence and about 5 miles downstream of the Beltzville dam. The creek is a cold tail water from Beltsville and the Parryville dam could be fitted with an Alaska Steeppass type Denil fishway to permit migration of trout over the dam. This would enhance the trout holdover numbers and help mitigate the adverse impact of this impoundment on habitat. After approval for a proposed fishway was approved by the Palmerton Borough, who own the dam, a grant application for $186K was submitted to the Palmerton zinc pile natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) superfund settlement. LRSA awaits a decision from the trustees for this grant.
The LRSA is saddened by the passing of a dedicated Lehigh River trout fisherman and avid supporter of the LRSA. Norman Greene Jr passed away in November. You may remember him by his trademark train engineers hat. He hardly ever missed a stocking event in the Lehighton and Jim Thorpe areas. We will miss him and wish his family well.
The LRSA is working to improve turnaround time on membership applications and responsiveness to our sponsors. We have voted to modify our address to facilitate mail pick up on a more frequent basis. Accordingly our new address is:
Lehigh River Stocking Association, PO Box 97, Trexlertown, PA 18087
LRSA not stocking trout this fall due to low funds. We will pool funds received for a strong spring and in season stocking for 2013. Trout angling has been excellent this fall thanks to the LRSA programs. Thank you for your support.
Water Quality Data On-Line - The probe was reinstalled in Palmerton area on March 10, 2013 and data is now available (other than occasional malfunctions that we need to fix periodically). It was removed from the Lehigh for the season on September 30th 2012 for the winter. Starting in 2012 the probe was deployed at Palmerton. Prior to that LRSA has developed an on-line water quality monitoring system and after operating in Jim Thorpe for 3 years. Grant funds support these water quality programs, your sponsorship funds apply to stocking trout (unless you designate your contribution is for conservation). 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.
User Name: Lehigh River
(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.
The data can be easily exported to Excel (csv file) by clicking the
export tab or printed directly.
Saturday May 26th the LRSA purged our checking account and bank rolled two more trucks of Brown and Rainbow in the 14-17" range. Truck 1 started at Northampton pavillion, stocking below the dam, then at River Road in Lauries Station then Triechlers, two stops at Walnutport (Main St bridge and Pavillion) and finished up at the new boat ramp at the 873 bridge in Slatington. Truck 2 started at Jim Thorpe train station parking lot and stocked the beach there, then the Packerton pump house, then Dunbars in Lehighton, then Parryville at the Pohopoco confluence and finished up at the Palmerton horseshoe.
Spring Drawing Winners! Thanks to all who bought tickets, this is a very important fund raiser for our trout stocking program.
Tickets were drawn from a ticket mixing drum by multiple folks at the May LRSA meeting. Tickets picked in order were: #1-$100 Sheba Lawrence (Summit Hill); #2 $25 Kenneth Boyer (East Texas); #3 $25 Bryant Pollaro; #4 $25 Nathan Chaivous; #5 $25 Dave Schafer; #6 $25 Marty Williams (New Philadelphia); #7 $25 Jim Albert (Lehighton); #8 $25 Sheba Lawrence (Summit Hill); #9 $50 Edwin Palansky (Walnutport); #10 $25 Alvis Krajcirokic (Allentown); #11 $50 Joe Mucka (Orefield); #12 $25 K. Emery (Pottsville); #13 $25 Mike Clewell (Jim Thorpe); #14 $25 David E. Shaffer (Allentown); #15 $25 Bruce Robinson (Wilmington, DE); #16 $25 Leonard Ludinsky (Mahonoy City); #17 $25 Chad Flamisch (Bath); #18 #25 Daniel F. Schaffer (Northampton); #19 $100 Kirk Hawk (Lehighton); #20 $25 Roger Mriss (Lehighton).
Lunkerfest 2012 was successful with over 160 registered anglers and 35 prizes distributed in order of size. About 100 tagged trout were released and any tags returned to LRSA by the June 26th meeting will be included in a drawing for additional prizes (LRSA sponsorship required). Congratulations to Josh Eichler for the largest trout - a 18 3/4" rainbow. The four 25+ trout (2 rainbow, brown and tiger) were not caught during the contest and are still out there. Video below is of Josh reeling in the winning trout. Thanks to all the participants and our sponsors (Rivers Adventures, Skinner's Lehigh River, Angler's Pro Shop, Wack'em Guide Service, River Walck Saloon, Willie Marx's Bait and Tackle, Archery @ the Glen, Cabellas, AF Boyers Hardware, Wildlands Conservancy, Delaware Shad Fishermans Assoc., Bo's Wildlife and Taxidermy, Coplay News Agency Bait and Tackle, Chamberlains Fishing and Outdoor, Wayne's Custom Crafted Rods, Rita's Ice (Vince).
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.
In-Season Stocking scheduled for Saturday May 26th - truck 1 to meet at Northampton pavillion at 10 am (Canal St, off 329 directly after the Lehigh River bridge, down about 1 mile on right). This truck will stock between here and Slatington stopping at Lauries, Triechlers, Walnutport and Slatington. Truck 2 to meet at Jim Thorpe train station parking lot at 10 am and will stock fish from there to Packerton, Lehighton, Parryville, Bowmanstown and Palmerton
A good day of summer angling at Bowmanstown. While we encourage folks to catch and release, we understand that the trophies we stock sometimes make for tough decisions.
Randy Getz is one of the most productive Lehigh River fisherman I have met, his technique is on display in this November clip, although no fish landed in this clip.
Army Corps Press Release for 2012 Francis Walter Dam Recreational White Water Release PlansDOWNLOAD 2012 FEW PLAN
2011 Fall Drawing/Fundraiser Results
The fall tickets were drawn at the LRSA board meeting on 29Nov2011. I apologize for misspelled names (some tickets were hard to read). Thanks everyone for this fundraiser. 1. Mercedes S. ($100), 2. Tom Zukovich, Schnecksville (Turkey), 3. Mike Pranick, ittstown ($25), 4. Tom Zukovich (turkey), 5. Nathan Shivas ($25), 6. Gary Klein (turkey), 7. Robert L. Christman ($25), 8. Shirley Green, Lehighton (Turkey), 9. Carl + Lucile Albright ($50), 10. Dave Ammon, Lehighton (turkey), 11. Steve Petri, Chafon ($50), 12. Charles Snyder, Slatington ((turkey), 13. Mike Sulga ($25), 14. Ahois Krajcirovic (turkey), 15. George Spencer, Bath ($25), 16. Dan Turner ((turkey), 17. Sal ($25), 18. John Stanko, Lansford (turkey), 19. Ken Kauffman ($100), 20. Margaret Zeman, Barnsville (turkey).
LRSA is Raising Sponsorship Prices -
The LRSA board has voted to raise the sponsorship fees to help keep up with increasing costs associated with purchasing trout. The LRSA rates have been at the current level for at least 10 years. The new rates will be effective for the 2012 season (January to December 2012). BASIC SPONSORSHIP $15 --> $20. SILVER SPONSORSHIP $30 --> $40. GOLD SPONSORSHIP $50 --> $60. PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP $50 --> $100. LIFE TIME SPONSORSHIP $150 --> $250. DIAMOND SPONSORSHIP $100 --> $500. The LRSA is also adding a new category of sponsorship: JUNIOR SPONSORSHIP (13 and under) $5.
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.
Fall Stocking completed Sunday 25Sep11. 1/2 truck (400 fish) at Northampton below dam, 1/2 truck at Walnutport Canal pavililon. 2nd truck stocked 1/2 truck at Bowmanstown East Penn Boat launch (musky pool) and 2nd 1/2 at Jim Thorpe train station parking lot. Brown trout were 12-13" , Brook trout 14-17", Rainbow 14-19".
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.
Jim Thorpe, Packerton and Lehighton stocked with 700 14-18" trout, mostly brown trout, some rainbow on Saturday 18Jun11.
The boat launch area in JT parking lot recieved 1/3rd of the fish, 1/3rd at Packerton (2-stops, straight in to river and down 50 yards to pump station), 1/3rd at Lehighton (2-stops, Dunbar's beach and down 100 yrds at the picnic area). Great time putting the fish in and now it is up to you all to catch them. A good number of 17-18 inch fish, average 14inch. Check out the colors on the hook jaw brown below. He is swimming in Packerton.
Lunker Fest held successfully on June 4th. There are still dozens of trophy fish in the river so get out there!
1st prize Gregg Kovach -26" rainbow (pictured below left), 2nd place Rob Yost - 18-1/4",
3rd place Quinn Horn 18" palamino, 4th place Mark Bollinger 17-3/4", 5th place Skip Rothermel and Alec DeLong 16" (tie), 6th place Jeff Gallager 15-1/2" and John Souders 15.5" (tie), 7th place Kenny Bretz - 14-1/2", 8th place Gary Knaver 14", 9th Larry Read 13-1/4", 10th place Joe Mucka and Cody Bowman 13" (tie), 12th place Chris Green 12.5". Winners selected prizes they like and all other 25 prizes were raffled off. Thanks to all the sponsors and participants. This lunker fest was attended by over 200 contestants and the event and trout stocked was fully funded by the proceeds from the event!
WALNUTPORT/SLATINGTON stocked on SUNDAY JUNE 5th at 10:00. Lots of 17-18" fish.
SPRING DRAWING 2011 - Spring drawing raffle was done and winners notified. Thank you for all who particpated in this fund raiser! The list of winners follows but many of the names were very hard to read and most did not state the town. Good thing the phone numbers were good! Here are names: $100 Sheela Laurcen, $50 Rodney Reeser, Bowmanstown, $25 Dan Geocek, $50 Jim Potunik , $25 Dan Schaffer, $50 Bud Kulanka, $25 George Hellings, $50 David Gasnick, $25 Patty Latsch, Bethlehem, $100 Joselin Delong, Slatington.
Recap of earlier stockings in 2011 - Generous sponsorships were received so we need to convert those dollars to trout and get them in the river. The LRSA board has voted to stock two trucks on Friday evening May 27th. Truck 1 met at Rockhill in Parryville at 6:30 pm to stock from there down to Palmerton. Truck 2 met at Walnutport Main St bridge at 6:30 pm to stock from Bertsch Creek to Slatington.
Plan to stock 12-14 in class Brown and triploid Rainbow.
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 isLehigh.River.Stocking.Association@gmail.com
2010 Fall Drawing Winners - Thanks to everyone who supported LRSA by buying fall drawing tickets. The winners from the November 30th drawing were: $200 - Dan Kintz, Bowmanstown; $25 - Shane Becker, Bowmanstown;, $25 - Elain Ezbiansky, Macungie; $25 - Bob Dunstan, Lansford; $50 - Kyle Scherer, Lehighton; $50 - Daniel Schaffer, Northampton; $25 - J.S.Cooke, Eason; $25 - Jim and Mary Kuchock, Kaska; $25 - Tom ??? Unable to contact him (be sure to put your contact info on the ticket!); $100 - D. Lakatosh, Walnutport
PLEASE RENEW YOUR LRSA SPONSORSHIPS FOR 2011 - Your sponsorship funds go directly to paying for trout stocking in the Lehigh, where all your favorite pools between Jim Thorpe and Northampton are replenished with beautiful trout. Go to the JOIN tab to join on-line or print out the form and mail it in. Thanks for your support.
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.
MARCELLUS SHALE HYDROFRACKING ISSUE - The hydrofracturing of the marcellus shale by gas drilling operations threatens the health of the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. The threats are multiple and include: 1) huge volumes of pristine headwaters are extracted for the operation, from 2 to 5 million gallons per well. 2) the toxic chemicals injected into the water are not disclosed (Haliburton Loophole) and it is understood that some of this is cancer causing. 3) some of the fracing liquid comes out of the well and must be held in sealed ponds. The liquid is toxic to fish and people and is not treatable in waste water plants. It is possible that this toxic fluid will contaminate surface waters and well water supplies. On the other hand, probably some jobs for out of state folks and natural gas production is probably good. On balance though, the deal seems more threatening than it is worth, at least until enforceable regulations are in place. Lets hope DRBC does their job in protecting the watershed from this new "gold rush". - opinions of Matt MacConnell, LRSA President.
Some stocking photos are provided for your interest. Top - Bill Derhammer sports a tiger trout (brook, brown hybrid) caught in the Jim Thorpe area June 2nd. Above John Unger holds nice brown while John Berry keeps a tight line on Tom Gyory's boat between Walnutport and Rockdale, blue winged olives everywhere Tom says.
2010 STOCKING RECAP:
Saturday May 8th Successfull - Truck 1: 9am @ Northampton Pavillion (off Canal Street below Cementon dam); Truck 2: 9am @ Walnutport Main St Bridge
Sunday May 23rd - Truck 1: 9am @ Glen Onoko; Truck 2: 9am @ Lehighton at Dunbar Beverage parking lot.
Thursday June 10th - 1 truck: 7:45pm at Parryville Rockhill parking area (did Parryville, Bowmanstown and Palmerton).Parryville, Bowmanstown and Palmerton were stocked the evening of June 10th. Nice average 13" rainbows, some browns, some 17 inchers. Water temperature was about 66 deg F but the fish seemed to do fine.
2010 Pre-Season (one week ahead of dual openers) Trout Stocking Big Success! -
Lower section - March 27 at 9am LRSA stocked from Northampton Pavillion up to the dam, Laureys Station and Treichlers with average 15" Rainbow and Brown trout, average 12 inch Brook trout. Beautiful fish, great color. Thanks to those who came out to help out. Pictures will be available in a couple days.all the way up to Slatington. The 2nd Truck 2 met @ Walnutport Main St bridge at 9am and stocked Slatington and Walnutport also with 15" average Rbow and Brown and 12" avg Brookies. BONUS - 6 20+ inch Browns were stocked in both the Triechlers/Lauries and in the Walnutport/Slatington areas! A couple examples at left.
Upper Section - April 10, got to the Glen a little early (~8:35) sorry about that! Stocked 14-16 inch brown and bows, 12" brookies from the Glen, through Jim Thorpe (at access area by parking lot and up above the gate about 1/2 mile), then down along the Packerton stretch then finished up at Dunbars in Lehighton. 4 or 5 big fish (25+ bow and brown) released. 2nd truck met at Parryville about 8:45 and stocked behind Rock Hill and at the confluence with Pohopoco, then Bowmanstown 895 bridge, then new boat ramp (East Penn pool). New this year we traveled down the D&L trail on the west bank all the way down to 873. Lots more access to prime river which is normally hard to get to with 248 traffic. Lots of help at both trucks. Thanks everyone enjoy!!
We did tag about 6 fish in each area. If you catch a tagged fish, please contact LRSA with: species, date and place caught, whether fish was released, the lure used. We will enter the tag numbers into a drawing at the June meeting and will draw donated prizes (tbd).
Lehigh River Fisheries Management Plan
May 1, 2007
David A. Arnold and Daryl J. Pierce
Fisheries Management Area 5
Division of Fisheries Management
Bureau of Fisheries
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.
The 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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