You are correct, the Raystown Dam is top release and probably what is being discussed is making it a bottom release. As stated this would lead to colder water temperatures and a more conducive environment for trout. The stretch from the dam to the pa fish commission access area known as the point, where the Raystown branch meets the frankstown branch and officially forms the Juniata River, is an area I have fished a ton. I grew up and still live very close to this area so I know it extremely well. I can tell you that it is an excellent warm water fishery with great smallmouth bass and walleye fishing opportunities. I have not encountered any native trout in this stretch but part of it is stocked every spring and you will catch an occasional hold over. Additional steps would need to be taken to establish this stretch as a strong trout fishery and establish a naturally reproducing trout population along with switching to a bottom release. I'm not sure how switching to a bottom release would impact the smallmouth bass population, and with the troubles smallmouth bass are facing in the lower Juniata and Susquehanna I'm not sure such a move would be a great idea. It will be interesting to see where these discussions/proposals go.