If you could be fishing anywhere right now, where would you be?
If you could be fishing anywhere right now, where would you be? High in the Rockies? Waist-deep in a coastal steelhead stream? Sightfishing to enormous brown trout in New Zealand?
Across Pennsylvania, fishing and hunting resources are at risk. In recent years, Pennsylvania has become the epicenter for Marcellus Shale energy development in the East, as companies flock to the gas-rich area to drill for gas more than a mile below the earth’s surface.
Triple Divide: Pine-Genesee-Allegheny Headwaters Area
The headwaters of three famed tributaries—Pine Creek and the Genesee and Allegheny rivers—begin their descent from a 2,500-foot hill near Gold, Pa., each flowing downstream through its own unspoiled wilderness in northern Pennsylvania.
Located in western Pennsylvania, in the middle of the 517,000-acre Allegheny National Forest—the largest continuous tract of public land in the state—a small, scenic stream named Minister Creek is one of the best wild trout streams in the region.
Laurel Hill Creek (tributary to Youghiogheny River)
In the Ohio drainage basin, in southwestern Pennsylvania, Laurel Hill Creek—a high quality coldwater fishery, with four exceptional value streams—is surrounded by state parks, forests and game lands throughout much of its 125-square mile watershed.
A federally-designated Wild and Scenic River, the Upper Delaware is one of the best places to fish for wild trout in the East. The insect hatches are prolific and the trout are plenty on the Delaware.
Anglers and hunters flock to the Kettle Creek area for a quiet sporting experience in one of the most wild sections of the state. Marcellus Shale development threatens that unvarnished experience.
Named Pennsylvania’s 2010 River of the Year, the Lackawaxen River is a blue ribbon limestone trout stream known for its huge boulders, overhanging trees and deep pools.
Sherman Creek (tributary to the West Branch of the Delaware River)
he headwaters to Sherman Creek begin on the Pennsylvania Game Lands 70 and wind north through forested ravines, providing shade cover and cold, clean water for trout to live in and spawn.
Early coal mining devastated Babb Creek, resulting in significant production of acid mine drainage with toxic concentrations of dissolved metals, including iron, aluminum and manganese. Most tributary streams and parts of the Babb Creek’s main stem were biologically dead by the late 1800s.