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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Why doesn't the PFBC stock Brookies?

I always wondered why the fish and boat commission doesn't stock brook trout? Around here its all mostly browns and rainbows, with the occasional enticer palominos......... I wish they'd stock brook trout. Is it because of water temperature or cost or what?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 08:29 PM
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They stock tons of them in the ANF region.
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They do stock them, but I think it depends on the stream
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 08:43 PM
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In the past, The Black Moshannon received 2/3 brook and 1/3 brown trout. But do to gill lice, which were found in some fish stocked in 2016, they get all rainbows and browns now. Gill lice are found in brook trout. I was told by PFBC it may be years before brookies are stocked again, to assure the gill lice are all gone.
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If you look at the stocking schedule you'll see some streams still get brookies. Many get stocked in the NC region but streams like Clarks Creek and Stony Creek in Dauphin County get some brookies. I think water temp. is the most important factor for brookies. They need cooler water than rainbows and browns.
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Yep, water temp. NC PA streams get a lot of brookies but not as many as they used to. I have also noticed many of the streams that used to get brookies before season do not receive any until after the season starts. I think this may be because the brookies are the easiest of the stocked trout to catch. They get fished our very quickly, so the FC saves them for in season stockings, when there aren't quite as many fisherman as the first day.
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They do hit much better than browns. Back when we got a 2-1 mix of brookies to browns, I saw 20 brook trot caught before the first brownie was hooked. They don't last long before they're all hauled out.
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Alot of our streams up here are brookies. They can get wiped out quick. When the in-season stockings happen the locals pound em. If they stock on a Tuesday or Wednesday it's fished out by the weekend or real close to it. Those brookies are so aggressive right off the truck toward minnies. The guys are just waiting and holes that get multiple buckets are cleaned out in a matter of hours. One classic example up here is Beaver Runs in-season stocking. That stream is raped in a matter of no time at all. I'll admit I take the kids and let them have at it at most of the in-season stockings. They have a blast.

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I certainly agree about the brookies being easy to catch. I was fishing Clark's Creek in Dauphin County last season after they stocked some brookies and I caught and released 20 in a short time on spinners while an old guy was there with minnies and I'd say he caught and released about 35.
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Many streams in the SW part of the state here still get brookies. I can attest to the popular decision that they are the easiest to catch... Usually catch 8-9 before I even catch a brown.
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