Trout Habitats Revitalize the Schuylkill River

NEW PHILADELPHIA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- The fish aren't just nibbling... They're biting like crazy! It's all thanks to a local fishing group that's brought life back into a once dead waterway. Eyewitness News reporter Haley Bianco shows us some improvements made to the Schuylkill River. 

The Schuylkill River in New Philadelphia has .... 

"Been basically dead for 150 years," explained John Bondura, president of Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited. 

But what's this.... a huge golden trout! It didn't exactly get there on its own. With a lot of help and money... Schuylkill Trout Unlimited revitalized this section of the Schuylkill River. 

It cost 26-thousand dollars to rehabilitate the river with 19 trout habitats. 

John Bondura tells me the river could not sustain aquatic life after logging, coal mining and raw sewage made it unlivable. But now... 

"All those problems have been basically corrected," said Bondura. 

And fishermen are now reeling in trout like this!

"We're catching them like crazy," said Charles Mull, fishing on the river. 

Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited is stocking the waterways with golden trout, brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout from this fish hatchery in Orwigsburg. Every couple of days they're adding more fish to the river. 

"We're trying to create clean, fishable, cold water. And we're trying to make more fishing opportunities for the people of the county," said Bondura. 

The fishermen say they can see the difference. 

"They did a really good job," said Mull. 

The rehabilitation project was a group effort with Schuylkill Headwaters, Schuylkill Conservation District and National Trout Unlimited.

The hot spots to fish in Schuylkill County are the Schuylkill River in New Philadelphia, the Little Schuylkill River in New Ringgold and Tamaqua, and Sweet Arrow Lake. 

 


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