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Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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Have to agree with the comment that said "all private water = nursery water with no fishing. There's your fix".

Really, I fully understand that landowners have to put up with a lot of crap there. And I fully understand and support their decision to post for that reason.

I cannot support the ones who post to achieve a private fishery, for profit or personal enjoyment. They ain't wild. Those are publicly stocked and paid for fish. If the public wasn't paying, there wouldn't be fish.

What % of each are there? I don't know. All of them claim to be of the first variety, but with the money in leasing to guides and so forth, I just don't know. But they are public fish, and the PFBC has every right to prevent fishing on private land. I say they do it. Landowners still have a right to post. It's just that if they do post, NOBODY fishes that section.

Yeah, it'll start a war. If you didn't notice, there's already a war going on for the Erie tribs.

Posted on: 2013/10/9 16:30


Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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IMO someone saw what the DSR did on the Salmon River in NY and they saw an opportunity to do the same in PA. I've fished outside and inside the DSR the last 2 seasons and see a big advantage in fishing their property and have paid to do so. It's $50 a day this year.

Now in regards to PA, unless everything was posted I wouldn't pay to fish a specific stretch of water. There's fish everywhere and there's a big difference between steelhead, which stay all winter, and salmon, which die off after spawning. So in NY they have the advantage of seeing the freshest fish in the DSR. $80 is steep no matter how you dice it, but I wouldn't doubt people would pay it to get "away from the crowds". I think these tackle shops are getting themselves into trouble if they're involved because it's the regular Joe's that spend all the money there, not the guys who can afford $80 a day. Also if any rumors are true of other property, or even campgrounds coming into this agreement then it will get really messy.

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Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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Under 58 Pa. Code §67.2 (relating to refuge areas), the Executive Director of the Fish and
Boat Commission (Commission), with the approval of the Commission, may designate waters as
refuge areas to which section 2306 of the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa. C.S. §2306 (relating to refuge
areas), shall apply. Section 2306 provides that the Commission may set aside, in its discretion, such
areas as it may judge best as refuge areas in which fishing or entry shall be prohibited for such
periods of time as the Commission prescribes. According to the regulation, the designation of waters
as refuge areas shall be effective upon posting of the waters after publication of a notice that the
waters have been so designated in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Posted on: 2013/10/9 16:56


Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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Ry - i think you'll see more float guides and arguments about 'touching bottom' like out west. and of course more boat traffic around the mouths.


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Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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Elk creek isn't navigable as far as I know, so the "stay below the high watermark and you're ok" doesn't apply. In low/normal flows you can't float a rubber ducky down parts of elk creek let alone a raft.

The rule/law you posted will only screw over those who are posting the property. Basically the Fish Comish can call that private stretch of water as nursery waters and NO ONE can fish it. Basically like the waters on Crooked Creek and Trout Run. Just basically saying that if a private group of people want to profit from public funds then the state can tell them to sit on it and deem the posted waters as nursery waters.


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Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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The area has to actually be used by fish as a nursery water for a section to get the nursery water designation.

Posted on: 2013/10/9 17:24


Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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Heard about this over on FishErie, of course over there you can't say anything without having to verbally sparr with people.

But it is very unfortunate. And, it's just a reminder (I don't fully know what the situation is, or if this played a part in it, or if it's for sheer profit), but, much of the fishable streambed up there is on lands that are privately owned, but opened to public fishing through courtesy of the landowner(s), and permission can be withdrawn at anytime. In order to avoid this, it is important to follow common courtesy, only keep the fish you intend to eat, clean up after yourself and others, walk/ park/ drive only on designated or permitted areas, thank the land owner if you see them, and act as you would want a guest in your own home to act.

Again, I'm not familiar with the situation, I'm not trying to accuse anyone or any party, and I don't know if any of what I said played a part in the decision to post the previously mentioned section of Elk. But it is a good reminder, and I've seen it before, people leaving beer cans on the bank, relieving themselves within view of others, and parking in areas that block land access, and before you know it, the area is posted.

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Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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if it gets too screwed up, I'll just skip fishing for the damned giant stockies period. Sure they're big, but not worth that much trouble. I'd rather hike to a remote mtn trout stream anyways than deal the circus anyways.
I just don't get all excited about an artificial fishery, no matter how big the fish get.

Posted on: 2013/10/9 19:39


Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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I would rather go to NY at this point anyway.

Posted on: 2013/10/9 20:01


Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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While I agree with your sentiment about mountain streams Biker...every trout fishery in PA is an artificial fishery. Those spectacular native brook char are the only non-contrived salmonid fishery in PA.

Sadly the more property that becomes posted, the greater the circus will become.

Ryan, as you know, there is already posted property on Elk that is being used for profit. The Fish Commission has not set that precedent on the property Beaver leases, Gudgeonville, or any of the others. While this may motivate them to work harder to get an easement for that property, they are not going to make it nursery water.

At this point, the appropriate people have been made aware of the situation. Let's just hope there is a swift resolve.

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Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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I would rather go to NY at this point anyway.


+1

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Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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I would rather go to NY at this point anyway.


Go to the reservation too.

Posted on: 2013/10/9 22:27


Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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I spoke with my contact at Uncle Johns and the rumors about them selling off are false according to him.

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Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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PatrickC wrote:
While I agree with your sentiment about mountain streams Biker...every trout fishery in PA is an artificial fishery. Those spectacular native brook char are the only non-contrived salmonid fishery in PA.


Oh come on now. You know what he meant. The Erie steelhead fishery is a blast, but it is fake to the core. Lumping wild brown trout fisheries together with the Erie tribs is just silly.

Posted on: 2013/10/10 0:40


Re: Newly Posted Section of Elk Creek

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PatrickC wrote:
While I agree with your sentiment about mountain streams Biker...every trout fishery in PA is an artificial fishery. Those spectacular native brook char are the only non-contrived salmonid fishery in PA.


Oh come on now. You know what he meant. The Erie steelhead fishery is a blast, but it is fake to the core. Lumping wild brown trout fisheries together with the Erie tribs is just silly.


That's the nicest thing you've ever said to me Kev. I do silly pretty well I do know what he meant, but let's not forget, out dirty little fingers are in most of the fisberies....our beloved brown trout included. That's all I'm saying.

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