UPDATE: The regular monthly meeting will be held on May 17 at 10:00am. There will NOT be a breakfast before it. Please practice social distancing. Wear masks and sit individually in the spaced chairs. If weather is warm enough meeting will be under outside pavilion.
Due to the uncertainty for what phase of quarantine Potter County will be in on Memorial weekend the Chico Memorial Kid’s Fishing Derby and Chicken BBQ has been reschedule to Saturday, June 27, 2020
We are trying to stabilize the stream bank above the handicap deck and make some other habitat improvement upstream. If we don’t accomplish this project we will probably loose the handicap deck in the near future. Please help us get this project done this year by donating to the STREAM PROJECT. Send donations made out to East Fork Sportsmen’s Club Stream Project c/o Mike Thierfelder, 508 N Main Street, Coudersport, PA. 16915
We are planning to make a new rifle range in a new location on the club property. Unfortunately it will require donations for us to build it and until the STREAM PROJECT IS COMPLETED we will not begin raising money for the rifle range. Please donate to the stream project to complete it.
We are beginning to stock trout weekly. The sections stocked will be; East Fork from Mud Lick Run downstream to mouth, Big Nelson Run from the campground bridge downstream to mouth, First Fork from Freeman Run downstream to Schoolhouse Run Bridge, and Bailey Run from bridge downstream to mouth. As our volunteers are all older please keep your social distancing practice. Do not come to nursery or attempt to assist stocking unless asked to do so. Thank You.
HISTORY: Pollution and the stench of waste materials dumped from the paper mill in Austin and the tannery in Costello, into the streams along Route 872 South towards Wharton, prompted 16 men to meet on March 11, 1938 to form the East Fork Sportsman’s Association. The total membership in 1938 was 55 members. The annual dues in 1938 was $1.00. By 1973 the club membership had grown to include 46 (local members) and 523 (non-local members) The initial cost of the fish ponds in 1976 was $4,234.04. The first fish were placed in the new ponds on July 15, 1976. (2,000 total) By 1984, the club membership had grown to 662 members. Today, the members raise more than 12,000 trout fingerlings for stocking throughout the area. The club also puts on their annual children’s fishing derby and BBQ, which registers around 200 kids each year. This provides kids (age 12 and under) the opportunity to not only fish for the stocked trout, but also the chance to win door prizes.