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Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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Hey! I was chuckin' that "Robinsin Shiner" around last weekend trying to entice some wild brownies and this guy crushed it. For all of you "chub fans" out there, I actually thought he was pretty cool!

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Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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"Chub" and "cool" should not be used in the same sentence!

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Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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Does this mean that the the area north of 772 that is not FFO will not be stocked either.
There are still some holdovers in that area, I caught two nice browns there a few weeks ago.

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Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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The area of the creek and 772 has always been stocked by the DFCA just prior to opening day. The PFBC never stocked above the top of the fly stretch. The holdovers in there either came up from the fly stretch or were leftovers from the DFCA stocking.

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Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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Will they continue to stock or will they defer to the Fish comissions intentions. I don't care if DFCA does, I would just as soon not. I am just curious what the plan is. When I have time to fish this is where I go.

Posted on: 2012/12/16 12:25


Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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The PFBC stocked for decades above the fly stretch, but finally abandoned the stocking program there....first preseason stockings then later the in season stockings. Poor trout residency, most likely due to poor overhead cover combined with Heron predation of pre stocked fish was the reason. Later, in season stockings ended due to posting. This was the first stocked stream in Pa. In which the preseason stocked trout residency problem was identified and documented. Contrary to popular belief, it was not in NE or NC Pa.

Posted on: 2012/12/30 21:03


Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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Hit up the Donegal this morning - Stopped in by the red barn and fished that run right below the bamboo. Caught two bows - one around 7-8 inches, the other more like 12-14 on brown woolly buggers. Had a few nice hits on a greenie weenie, but couldn't land them (I blame my frozen fingers). My guides froze up a few times, with the water temp around 44. Beautiful day, all in all. Great way to end the year.


Love this stream and am a bit disappointed to find out it won't be stocked anymore (at least that's what I gathered from the previous posts - correct me if I'm wrong).

Posted on: 2012/12/31 15:59


Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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dc410 wrote:
Hey! I was chuckin' that "Robinsin Shiner" around last weekend trying to entice some wild brownies and this guy crushed it. For all of you "chub fans" out there, I actually thought he was pretty cool!


I wish I had registered this post in my brain; I tied up a few white buggers, with the exact same idea of targeting some brownies, and I fished one of them there on Sunday afternoon. I was trying to catch my 598th through 600th trout of the year and I only picked up the first one of that lot (a small wild brown). I did, however, catch at least seven chubs. No pics of the chubs (sorry squatch..)

Posted on: 2012/12/31 21:01


Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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The plan at the moment is that the fly stretch will be stocked exclusively with fin-clipped, fall RT fingerlings through 2015. 2012 was the first fall of the fingerling stockings.

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Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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The plan at the moment is that the fly stretch will be stocked exclusively with fin-clipped, fall RT fingerlings through 2015. 2012 was the first fall of the fingerling stockings.


Mike, can you explain the rationale for this change in management of the fly stretch of Donegal Creek? Why was this change made?


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Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12
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Fingerling trout stockings are composed of sub-legal trout (less than the statewide minimum length limit of 7 inches). As part of Pennsylvania’s Trout Management Program, fingerling trout are used to provide angling opportunities on waters that have the potential to provide a trout fishery on a put-grow-take basis. The receiving waters must meet the general life requirements of trout on a year-round basis.

http://fishandboat.com/stock_fingerling.htm


Like the Tully used to be. Hopefully it works out. Much better fish and fishery with fingerlings.

Posted on: 2013/1/1 11:37


Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12
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Except its FFO and there is no takey.....

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Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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Simple rationale: A few of the Commissioners were particularly interested in further exploring fingerling stocking as a substitute for adult trout stocking in select waters. Waters were selected in which fingerling stockings might have the best chance of surviving and providing a fishery, where there would be a broad regional distribution, and where such stockings, I suspect, had never been tried before. Certainly, that was true for Donegal, as the PFBC had not tried fingerlings in that stream. Suitable FFO's were in large part chosen because fly anglers had often expressed interest in such stockings. My note: from an experimental standpoint, largely removing harvest (without stream closure) as a factor affecting measurement of survival would also seem to be potentially beneficial.

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Edited by Mike on 2013/1/1 13:41:28
Edited by Mike on 2013/1/1 13:45:05


Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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Mike,

Thanks for the explanation. I don't think it will work.

But I hope it does. Even it proves me wrong.

Posted on: 2013/1/1 14:38


Re: Donegal Creek, Lancaster Co, 12/1/12

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I certainly hope the fingerling stockings are successful. The Donegal has a lot of potential, but IMO is hit hard by poachers. In fact, right after this year's spring stocking, I "caught" two bait guys taking out 6 just stocked 'bows. I told them they were in a catch-and-release area. They replied that they didn't know. Right, it's only posted every 20-30 yards or so. Also, I agree that the Blue Herons are a problem. I see at least one per visit ( I try to fish the Donegal 2-3 times a month).

Went out today above the 772 bridge and caught 2 beautiful Browns, 4 "holdover" 'Bows and about 4,000 Chubs!!! Oh, and
a Sunny. Sunny hit my streamer and a Chub hit my trailer. 2 fish
with one cast :) I had to snip my trailer off because I was catching
Chubs on every freakin' cast!!!!

Posted on: 2013/1/1 17:51



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