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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 22-379



[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 65 ]

Fishing; Special Fishing Regulations

[52 Pa.B. 1496]
[Saturday, March 12, 2022]

 The Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) proposes to amend Chapter 65 (relating to special fishing regulations). The Commission is publishing this proposed rulemaking under the authority of 30 Pa.C.S. (relating to Fish and Boat Code) (code). The proposed amendment would remove Little Chartiers Creek, Section 05, from the Commission's miscellaneous special regulations.

A. Effective Date

 This proposed rulemaking, if approved on final-form rulemaking, will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

B. Contact Person

 For further information on this proposed rulemaking, contact Wayne Melnick, Esq., P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, (717) 705-7810. This proposed rulemaking is available on the Commission's web site at

C. Statutory Authority

 This proposed amendment to § 65.24 (relating to miscellaneous special regulations) is published under the statutory authority of section 2307(a) of the code (relating to waters limited to specific purposes).

D. Purpose and Background

 The specific purpose and background of the proposed amendment is described in more detail under the summary of proposal.

E. Summary of Proposal

 Little Chartiers Creek is a 17.5-mile long tributary to Chartiers Creek in Washington County, approximately 6 miles east-northeast of the City of Washington. Little Chartiers Creek is delineated into five stream sections for fisheries management purposes and is impounded at river mile 0.37, creating Canonsburg Lake, a 76-acre impoundment owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the Commission. Little Chartiers Creek, Section 02, is managed as a stocked trout water (STW) and Canonsburg Lake is managed as a stocked trout water open to year-round fishing. The remainder of Little Chartiers Creek (Sections 01, 03—05) is not managed as an STW and not stocked by the Commission with hatchery-reared trout.

 Little Chartiers Creek, Section 05, is approximately 0.5 mile in length and extends from the outflow of Canonsburg Lake downstream to the confluence with Chartiers Creek. Although Section 05 is not managed as an STW, this section has been managed under miscellaneous special regulations since the early 1980s. This regulation prohibits angling from the end of the extended season for trout through 8 a.m. on the opening day of the regular season for trout, which aligns with the management of STWs. Historically, the rationale for this special regulation was to prohibit angling in Section 05 during the closure period following the stocking of trout in Canonsburg Lake, which could escape downstream into Little Chartiers Creek. Escapement of stocked trout created unwanted and disruptive angler behavior in Section 05 and warranted management with these special regulations. During the annual regulatory review process, Commission staff determined that these regulations are no longer necessary and recommend removal. If removed, this change would simplify regulations and increase angling opportunities while continuing to provide adequate resource protection.

 Upon removal of this special regulation, Section 05 will revert to Commonwealth inland waters angling regulations in § 61.1 (relating to Commonwealth inland waters). To facilitate transition of Section 05 to management with Commonwealth inland waters angling regulations, this water must first be removed from miscellaneous special regulations.

 The Commission proposes that § 65.24 be amended to read as set forth in Annex A.

F. Paperwork

 This proposed rulemaking will not increase paperwork and will not create new paperwork requirements.

G. Fiscal Impact

 This proposed rulemaking will have no adverse fiscal impact on the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions.

H. Public Comments

 Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, objections or suggestions about this proposed rulemaking to the Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, within 30 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.

 Comments also may be submitted electronically by completing the form at If an acknowledgment of electronic comments is not received by the sender within 2 working days, the comments should be retransmitted to ensure receipt. Electronic comments submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: 48A-323. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A



Subpart B. FISHING


§ 65.24. Miscellaneous special regulations.

 The following waters are subject to the following miscellaneous special regulations:

CountyName of WaterSpecial Regulations
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Warren Chapman Dam Reservoir All species except trout—catch and release/no harvest; it is unlawful to take, kill or possess any fish except trout. All fish caught other than trout must be immediately returned unharmed. Trout—inland regulations apply. See § 61.1 (relating to Commonwealth inland waters). This miscellaneous special regulation will remain in effect until further notice.
[Washington Little Chartiers Creek, from Canonsburg Lake Dam approximately 1/2 mile downstream to the mouth of Chartiers Creek Fishing is prohibited from 12:01 a.m. the third Monday in February to 8 a.m. the opening day of the regular season for trout.]
Wayne West Branch Delaware River Trout: From the Pennsylvania/New York border downstream to the confluence with the East River Branch of the Delaware River: no-harvest artificial lures only season on trout from October 16 until midnight of the Friday before the first Saturday after April 11. During the no-harvest artificial lures only season: 1. Fishing may be done with artificial lures only, constructed of metal, plastic, rubber or wood, or flies or streamers constructed of natural or synthetic materials. Lures may be used with spinning or fly fishing gear. Use or possession of any other lures or substances is prohibited. 2. The daily creel limit for trout is 0.
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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-379. Filed for public inspection March 11, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]

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