Sunday, May 2, 2021

Annual Little Mahoning Creek Spring Macroinvertebrate and Water Quality Sampling

May 11th @ 6:00pm the Ken Sink Trout Unlimited Chapter will meet at the Millstone pullout on East Creek Road, east of Rochester Mills, for ourAnnual Little Mahoning Creek Spring Macroinvertebrate and Water Quality Sampling”. All members are welcome to participate and are asked to observe current CDC protocols for outdoor activities based on your current vaccination status. Please contact Keith Ewing at with any questions.

Turn east off SR 119 onto East Creek Road toward Rochester Mills. Follow East Creek Road past Rochester Mills and look for the Millstone pullout on the right hand side of the road. If you cross over Cessna Run you have gone too far! See you there!

Monday, March 29, 2021

PFBC information on statewide trout opening day...




April 3, 2021 (one opening day in 2021)

(How these dates are determined)

Regional Opening Day Counties (same opening day for all counties in 2021)
All waters in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties (County Guide).

Streams on county borders that are part of Regional Opening Day:

  • Mahantango Creek, between Northumberland and Dauphin counties. This is the ONLY stream in Northumberland Co. opening on the earlier date.
  • West Branch Mahantango Creek, between Snyder and Juniata counties. This is the ONLY stream in Snyder Co. opening on the earlier date.
  • Two streams in Carbon County -- Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek.

TIME: 8 a.m.
MINIMUM SIZE: Seven (7) inches
FISHING HOURS: 24 hours a day, after the 8 a.m. opener

Regular season (opening day thru Labor Day)
    • 5 (combined species)
Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 15) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31)
    • 3 (combined species)

Creel limits apply to the majority of trout fishing waters. Other rules apply for Special Regulation Areas. Anglers should consult the Summary of PA Fishing Laws and Regulations for more details.


 Good article on forest reclamation of abandoned mining sites.

Pennsylvania Fish nd Boat Commission sponsored “Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing (2-Part) Program” !

 “Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing (2-Part) Program” !

Because of the interest, PFBC is offering ANOTHER free VIRTUAL REGISTRATION OPENS – March 17, 2021 8a.m. EST
Program Details –
WHEN – April 21st and 22nd , 2021 (6:15p.m.-8:30p.m. both nights) – Participants MUST attend both evenings.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, as we mail out a booklet to those of you who register. REGISTER BY March 26, 2021.
ALL who complete the 2 part virtual program will be invited to participate in future on-water fly fishing program opportunities.
PART 1 – April 21, 2021 6:15 p.m.-8:30p.m.
Participants learn about the basics of fly fishing equipment (rod, reel, line, leader), how it all goes together, 2 basic knots, 2 basic casts.
PART 2 – April 22, 2021 6:15p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Participants learn about the basics of aquatic insect identification, comparing live insects to the artificial fly, basics on the difference between dry flies, nymphs and streams, how to "read" the water (where to find fish)and how to catch and release your fish.

KSTU "Two Lick Creek Macroinvertebrate Survey Project" - Spring 2021

Here are some photos from a macro survey conducted March 22, 2021, on Two Lick Creek by members of KSTU. Samples were taken at 3 locations by the kick net method. We found great numbers and great diversity in 2 of the spots. Stoneflies, hellgrammites, caddis larvae, and mayfly nymphs were especially abundant. Thanks to everyone that participated.



Diving into science helps one young angler appreciate fishing.

Read a great article here (Diving into science helps one young angler appreciate fishing.) written by a Youth Member of our chapter, Lily Palfrey. I met her at our 2020 Fly Tying Class last January (pre Covid-19). She and her sisters were great young people, attentive to instruction and coming out as fine beginning fly-tiers. Hopefully our class will return in the future. in the meantime, enjoy this fine bit of writing by a great young lady.

Little Mahoning Creek Canoe/Kayak Launch Rehabilitation and Improvement Project

 KSTU has received a grant from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in the amount of $3260.00. This grant is to help in the cost of the rehabilitation and improvement of the Little Mahoning Creek Canoe/Kayak Public Access Site. This launch is located just east of State Route 119 on State Route 1038 (the road to Rochester, also known as East Creek Road). The plan is to expand parking space and improve the trail and the water entry. Site work should begin this spring/summer, though it is both weather and water level dependent to accomplish. At this time any volunteer in-kind work by KSTU members has not been clearly defined. We will put out a call should there be such a need. Watch this blog for updates as we proceed.