CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSED CHANGES BY FISH COMMISSION
Proposed changes could result in more killed trout.......keep informed..............express your opinion with the Fish Commission Possible Change in DHALO Regulations
The PFBC is considering a change in the regulations concerning fishing in Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) areas. The rules change under consideration would allow baitfishing in the DHALO areas during the 15 June-Labor Day period when harvest of fish is legal. This possible alteration is at the behest of Traditional Anglers of Pennsylvania (TAP), a pro-baitfishing group that claims special regulations unfairly exclude bait anglers.
DHALO areas are one of the most enlightened recent PFBC programs, since they provide fishing of reasonable quality to many anglers distant from Class A water. Even here in trout-rich Central PA, DHALO stretches on Black Moshannon Creek and White Deer Creek are popular with local and visiting fishermen. Allowing baitfishing during the harvest period seems a poor way to modify a program popular with both sport fishermen and landowners.
Further, DHALO waters constitute but 90 miles of the 4,800 miles of water currently stocked by the Commission. A 1991 survey conducted by the University of Pittsburgh indicated that 70% of the 2,000 anglers surveyed wanted more delayed harvest water in the state. Since then, delayed harvest areas have become even more popular. Finally, DHALO regulations, as now written, do not discriminate against individual anglers, but rather an angling method.
To express your opinion on this topic to the PFBC, write to:
- Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
- PO Box 67000
- Harrisburg PA 17106
The Commission can also be reached via phone at (717) 705-7800 or by email at:http://www.fish.state.pa.us Post #: 1