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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-543



Temporary Changes to Special Fishing Regulations--Little Lehigh Creek, Lehigh County

[28 Pa.B. 1691]

   On November 29, 1997, the Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) gave public notice under 58 Pa.  Code §§ 65.2 and 65.6 that a 2.1 mile section of the Little Lehigh Creek, Lehigh County, was being designated as subject to ''Delayed-Harvest, Artificial Lures Only'' regulations effective January 1, 1998. A 1.4 mile section of this area was previously subject to ''Delayed-Harvest, Fly-Fishing-Only'' (58 Pa.  Code § 65.2) regulations.

   Subsequent meetings and correspondence with landowners whose properties border the special regulation area have revealed some opposition to the change from delayed-harvest fly-fishing-only status to delayed-harvest artificial lures only status.

   Under provisions of 58 Pa. Code § 65.25, the Executive Director of the Commission is authorized to take immediate action to temporarily modify fishing regulations to conserve and preserve fishing opportunities. In light of input from landowners in the vicinity of this section of the Little Lehigh subject to special regulations, the Executive Director is taking temporary action to modify these special regulations as follows:

   (a)  A 1.8 mile section of the Little Lehigh Creek (Lehigh County) from a bridge on T-508 (Wild Cherry Lane) downstream to a bridge on T-510 (Mill Race Road) will be governed by ''Delayed-Harvest, Fly-Fishing Only'' regulations set forth in 58 Pa. Code §  65.2 instead of ''Delayed-Harvest, Artificial Lures Only'' special regulations.

   (b)  A 0.3 mile section of the Little Lehigh Creek (Lehigh County) from a bridge on SR 2017 (Brookside Road) downstream to a bridge on T-508 (Wild Cherry Lane) will be governed by Statewide fishing regulations (58 Pa. Code §  61.1) instead of ''Delayed-Harvest, Artificial Lures Only'' special regulations.

   This notice is effective immediately. In accordance with 58 Pa.  Code §  65.25(b), the members of the Commission will consider the special regulation status of these stream sections at their next regular meeting, which is scheduled for April 26, 1998, in Harrisburg.

Executive Director

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-543. Filed for public inspection April 3, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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