NANFA-L-- How Does Everyone Feel About.....

Dean A. Markley (
Wed, 23 Mar 2005 12:39:32 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

I hope this is "on topic" so here goes: I have lived in Pennsylvania all my life (47 years, uggh) and for all of that the PA Fish Commissions main focus has been trout fishing and the associated stocking programs. I am told that most of the Fish Commissions budget goes for trout programs. If this is true, it kind of upsets me for a few reasons:

1. They stock Brooks, Rainbows, and Browns. Now only Brooks are native to PA so why stock with an invasive species? (yeah yeah, cause people like to catch them).

2. With such great fish as smallmouth, largemouth and walleyes, why aren't they propagated and stocked more instead? And yes, I know some is done but I suspect it is insignificant compared to trout.

3. I understand that Bowfin and Longnose Gar used to be common in the lower Susquehanna region but now they are rare if not extirpated. I do recall a Bowfin being caught in the Susquehanna a few years back. Why doesn't the Fish Commission raise and stock these interesting fish?

Just rambling here so do I have any sort of case?


Dean A. Markley
3628 Peregrine Circle
Mountville, PA 17554

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