Trout fishing is going ‘wild’ in Jefferson County

Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit

If you're looking for a wild time, why not go fishing for wild trout?

Many people believe that reproducing trout only exist to the north in Potter County or down in Spring Creek in Bellefonte.

If you want to go fishing for wild trout, all you have to do is head to your friendly neighborhood Mahoning Creek and other feeder streams.

David Kinney, Mid-Atlantic Policy Director of Trout Unlimited (TU), said that Pennsylvania has been assessing its 86,000 miles of streams over the past six years for wild trout, and TU has been helping by sending out crews to “electrofish” streams.

"We send low-voltage electrical currents into the streams to temporarily stun the fish so we can count and identify what’s there," Kinney said, adding that when a large enough wild trout population is discovered in a stream, Pennsylvania can list it as an official Wild Trout Water.

Read the full story in Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.