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Representative DOUG REICHLEY

134th District
Spring Sportsmen’s Newsletter
DISTRICT OFFICE
1245 Chestnut Street, Unit #5 / Emmaus, PA 18049-1919
PHONE: (610) 965-9933 / FAX: (610) 965-9174
SATELLITE OFFICE
Bally Brook Industrial Park / 20 N. Front Street, Suite 7 / Bally, PA
19503-9605
PHONE: (610) 845-1425 / FAX: (610) 845-1427
HARRISBURG OFFICE
Room 5, East Wing / PO Box 202134 / Harrisburg, PA 17120-2134
PHONE: (717) 787-1000 / FAX: (717) 705-7012
TOLL FREE: 1-800-442-0750
E-MAIL: dreichle@pahousegop.com
WEB: repreichley.com

Dear Sports 2010 Trout Season


Enthusiast
As your state representa-
Opening Day: Saturday, April 17
April 17 Time: 8 a.m.
tive, I want to take the op-
portunity to update you on Minimum Size: Seven (7) inches
sportsmen’s issues in the Leg- Fishing Hours: 24 hours a day, after
islature. April 3
the 8 a.m. opener
In representing thousands
of sportsmen and sportswomen Creel limits
in the ___ District, I realize Regular season (opening day through Labor Day) – 5 (combined species)
the issues we debate in Har- Extended season (Jan. 1 to Feb. 28) & (day after Labor Day to Dec. 31) – 3
risburg directly impact you. (combined species)
From issues concerning the Regional Opening Day: Saturday, April 3
Second Amendment to hunting
and fishing licenses, the state Regional Opening Day counties:
House has considered legisla- All waters in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware,
tion on all of these topics in Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton,
recent years. Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties.
Good luck in all your sport-
ing endeavors for the year, and I Streams on county borders that are part of Regional Opening Day:
am hopeful that this newsletter Mahantango Creek, between Northumberland and Dauphin counties. This is the ONLY stream
is helpful and informative. in Northumberland County opening on the earlier date.
Your State Representative, • West Branch Mahantango Creek, between Snyder and Juniata counties. This is the ONLY
stream in Snyder County opening on the earlier date.
• Two streams in Carbon County – Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek.
Dates to Remember
Rep. Doug Reichley May 1 _________ Opening Day - Walleye & Sauger
May 22 ________ Fish for Free Day
134th Legislative District May 22-28 _____ National Safe Boating Week
June 5-13 ______ National Fishing and Boating Week
June 6 _________ Fish for Free Day
June 12 ________ Opening Day – Bass

Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass


The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has labeled the Susquehanna River “increasingly impaired,” and recently
called on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pinpoint the
sources of pollution contributing to the demise of the river’s smallmouth bass fishery.
A water quality study coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey with funding assistance from the PFBC found elevated water
temperature and low dissolved oxygen concentrations during the critical May through July developmental period for smallmouth bass.
These are critical stress factors.
Problems were first detected in the middle reaches of the river in 2005, when PFBC biologists found unusually high numbers
of dead or distressed smallmouth bass. They later determined that the affected fish were suffering from common secondary bacterial
infections. This issue has been detected in subsequent years as well.
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Asian Carp Meeting at White House


r G u i d e t o the Gov. Ed Rendell chose not attend a recent White House summit to talk about a
Youth l a t ive threat that could devastate the freshwater economy not only in the great lakes, but

139 L e g i s throughout rivers that flow into them.


Asian carp grow to be as large as five-feet long and 100 pounds, and are known

District
to jump from the water at the sound of boats, sometimes hitting and injuring boaters
and anglers. A smaller species can fly 10 feet out of the water, hurling themselves at
boaters and anglers.
There is a serious threat of infestation in the Great Lakes, which could spread
'LVWULFW2I¿FH throughout tributaries that feed them if not checked. They also feed almost continu-
ously on plankton, crowding out native species. Failure to prevent this invasive species
Services from entering Pennsylvania could affect western Pennsylvania fishing and tourism
My district office is here industries.
Environmentalists have been concerned for some time that invasive species carried
to help you. Services my into the Great Lakes through the ballast water of international ships are pushing out
staff and I provide include: native species. This is true particularly of the zebra mussels, which clog water intake
Assistance with pipes and latch onto the hulls of pleasure boats. Ugly round gobies helped to spread
botulism to waterfowl.
PennDOT paperwork The Asian carp represent a different problem. They migrated into the Mississippi
Copies of birth and death and Illinois rivers after being flooded out of fish farms. The actual fish haven’t been
discover in the Great Lakes, but three DNA samples along the Chicago River have
certificates tested positive for Asian carp.
PACE and PACENET
applications for seniors
Property Tax and Rent A Word on Walleye
Walleye have been stocked in eastern Pennsylvania rivers for decades, but are
Rebate applications believed to have originated in the Great Lakes and its tributary rivers.
Voter registration forms However, when they are in close proximity in rivers that flow through larger metro-
politan areas, it is often difficult for walleye populations to thrive in the wild. They occur
and absentee ballot at low or modest densities. Where habitats are expected to support greater densities,
applications annual maintenance stocking takes place.
Since 1975, Pennsylvania has cultured and stocked walleye fry and fingerling. All
State tax forms walleye originate from wild brood fish collected from Pymatuning Lake or Lake Wal-
Free state maps, state lenpaupack.
park information, and PA Stocked walleye fingerlings come from brood fish – they take the whole fish, then
eggs/fingerlings are raised at Pleasant Mount State Fish Hatchery in northeast Penn-
Vacation Guides sylvania and other hatcheries and returned as yearlings to each lake.
Copies of legislation The Fish & Boat Commission is not currently doing a study of the success of this
program or the effect of this program on walleye populations in Lake Wallenpaupack
Tours of the State Capitol or the Lackawaxen River.
Referrals to agencies About 70 to 80 million walleye have been stocked in Pennsylvania lakes and riv-
to resolve state-related ers in the past five years. The walleye fry are reared in hatchery ponds for six to eight
weeks and restored to their native habitats. Fishing license fees help pay to maintain
matters this operation to ensure the population of walleye remains stable and provides consis-
If you need help with any tently good fishing.
The walleye hatchery program was last fully described in the September/October
state-related matter, please 2008 Pennsylvania Angler and Boater, put out by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Com-
do not hesitate to call my mission.
district office.

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