UPDATE: We received a response from the Pa Fish & Boat Commission concerning last years letter campaign trying to get section 3 of East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek reclassified back to a class B Trout Stream or allowing us to stock it. The letter from Mr. Deter, Area Fisheries Manager, stated that section 3 has a strong wild brook and wild brown trout populations and has been that way since being classified as a class A Trout stream in 1983. So, the East Fork Sportsmen’s Club is still not allowed to stock that section from Wildboy Run to Camp Run.
CORRECTION OF MISINFORMATION: We have heard that there is a rumor that ‘we had lost all of our trout to gill lice’. This is untrue! We had purchased 50 large trout from a private nursery to holdover and grow for next year’s kid’s derby. On February 28 the Pa Fish & Boat Commission inspected our trout. They found gill lice on 49 of the 50 holdovers only. The rest of our trout including some small ones that had got through the screen and into the raceway with the holdovers were clear. The commission took the holdovers to euthanize and further test them and said the rest were good including the ones in the raceway with the holdovers. To be safe our nursery manager decided to euthanize the small ones that were in raceway with the holdovers. There will be an inspection by the commission before we start stocking. As of now our trout are fine and the stocking schedule is linked above.
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.