Pennsylvania reservoirs highlighted for fish habitat improvement

Pennsylvania was featured its numerous excellent fish habitat projects. Blue Marsh Lake received a Bass Pro grant, Raystown received a large grant from RFHP, and Pymatuning has received several grants over the years. We are so happy to see the great work coming out of Pennsylvania!

Keeping fish happy and healthy through the year involves having good places for them to swim.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, with help from other agencies and volunteers, is working on several habitat improvement projects across Pennsylvania this summer.

Pymatuning Reservoir

The Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Pymatuning Lake Association (PLA) are working together to stabilize three different shorelines at Pymatuning State Park.  The PLA received $109,832 from Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Grant to stabilize eroding shorelines on the reservoir at McArthur Access, Bradford Woods, and Lower Grandview Access.

“The waves during a storm can get pretty big, and they really deteriorate that eastern shoreline,” Page explained.

Rocks will be placed to help deflect the wave action in the region. The work is scheduled to take place between August and September.

The projects will stop active erosion, increase fish habitat, and improve angling and boating access.

The PLA is also using Bass Pro Shops grant funding on a volunteer-scale project in May.  The Fish and Boat Commission, DCNR, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Allegheny Creek Connections, and Crawford County Conservation District are working together with the PLA to build and place 150 wooden structures for fish habitat near the Ohio Campground Access.

Read the full article highlighting Pymatuning, Raystown, and others here: