Keeping Martins Creek Stocked
By State Rep. Joe Emrick
138th Legislative District

As a young boy growing up on Repsher Road in Bangor, I spent years fishing the Martins Creek, which ran right in front of my house. Thousands of you have enjoyed fishing the same stream for decades, as Martins Creek provides a great experience for all anglers and is considered one of the best trout streams in Pennsylvania. Sportsmen from outside the state have been known to come to Martins Creek and take advantage of this great fishing experience.

Unfortunately, this tradition, which has been handed down from generation to generation, is in danger. Stocking of Martins Creek may come to an end, thanks to a policy of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

By the end of this year, Martins Creek may be designated a Class A wild trout stream. If Martins Creek receives this classification, it will no longer be stocked, even though it has been stocked for decades.

Fortunately, we have a voice in the process. From now until Friday, March 7, the commission is taking public comment on this proposal. There are two ways to let your voice be heard. The first is to send a letter to:

John Arway, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
P.O. Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000  

The other way is to respond electronically. To do so, please visit You will be asked to provide contact information, as well submit a “Number of Rulemaking or Title of Notice.” In that space, please type “Class A Stream Stocking Policy.”

In the space labeled Your Comments, type “Please continue to fully stock Class A streams, especially Martins Creek.”

Martins Creek also runs through local sportsmen’s clubs. This proposal would have a definite impact on the youth fishing events they conduct and the future of fishing in our area.

We have until Friday, March 7, to state our case for continuing to stock Class A streams. Let’s keep Martins Creek fully stocked. Contact the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission today. 

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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