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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: Vince Spaits, 215-272-3175
Secretary: Jim Deeble
Treasurer: Tom Gyory
Merchandise: Chuck Morgenstern
Newsletter Editor: Matt MacConnell
LRSA Board of Directors:
Gary Klein, Chuck Morgenstern
, 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.
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 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.
Joe Mucka Jr
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.
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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)
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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.
ALL CONSERVATION WORK FUNDING IS PROVIDED THROUGH GRANTS AND SPECIAL SPONSORSHIP ALLOCATIONS TO CONSERVATION. STOCKING PROGRAM FUNDING IS NOT AFFECTED AT ALL BY OUR CONSERVATION WORK GIVEN THE GRANTS RECEIVED EACH YEAR
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.
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.
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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
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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