• Restoration

    Revitalizing PA Trout Fisheries

    The Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania are home to some of the most scenic wild trout fisheries in the eastern United States. Each spring, anglers descend upon renowned streams to enjoy beautiful surroundings, bountiful mayfly hatches and plentiful trout. Some of these rivers occupy prominent places in the annals of American fly fishing; others are nascent…

  • Restoration

    A Fishery Lacking Fish

    Body of water next to a hill in the fall

    Brook trout habitat will expand once abandoned mine drainage (AMD) cleanup takes place on Beech Creek in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Beech Creek winds its way through rugged hills that echo with the bugles of wild elk in the fall and thunder with the gobbles of turkeys in the spring. A mid-sized freestone stream lined with hemlock,…

  • From the field

    West Branch Susquehanna: A river in recovery

    WEST BRANCH SUSQUEHANNA RIVER, NORTH CAMBRIA, Pa. The angler stood in the shadows, peering intently at the water like a heron waiting for the moment. Then the cast. The line tightened. Allison Lutz smiled, subtly, as she netted the 12-inch-long wild brown trout. The smile was not so much about this individual fish. It was…

  • From the field

    Homegrown wild trout conservation

    It took a trip across the country for a Pennsylvanian to discover anglers quietly making a difference back home.

    I spent my childhood summers in Easton, Pa., around the water. Though I never went fishing, I did tube down the Delaware River, play in and picnic beside Bushkill Creek, chase minnows and crayfish in the various streams around my neighborhood, and watch men and women enjoy fishing on warm summer afternoons. I did not…