There are a few significant items on the agenda for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission meeting Monday and Tuesday in Harrisburg, but you could hardly tell from the show of interest.

One of the biggest is the proposal for split opening days of trout season – an early one for 18 southeastern counties and the other for the remainder of the state.

“We only got nine public comments, which, frankly, boggles my mind,” said fish commission press secretary Dan Tredinnick. “It’s not like it wasn’t well-pub-licized.”

However, additional input was gained by adding a question about the split opener to an already scheduled user survey conducted on the Lehigh River, which would be part of the early opener region.

“Seventy-six percent of those anglers indicated support for it,” Tredinnick said.

There has been a single, mid-April, statewide opening day since the 1950s, Tredinnick said.

“I’m shocked we didn’t get more commentary than we did,” said Tredinnick. “Knowing how traditions die hard in Pennsylvania, I thought for sure we’d hear more from the citizenry than what we have.”

By contrast, 115 comments were received about potential changes in muskellunge management.

Comments favor a year-round open season by 15-7 and halving the creel limit to one a day by 48-5.

The current 36-inch minimum size is supported 23-9, a 40-inch minimum drew 70 supporters and four each backed minimum size limits of 45 and 50 inches, respectively.

Agency staffers have recommended a no-harvest season during April and May, a minimum size of 40 inches in most areas and a 45-inch minimum on special enhanced-management waters.

The commissioners will take a similar look at pike and pickerel regulations.

Agency staff has recommend a catch-and-release pike season from April 1 through May 31 with no changes to the current 24-inch minimum size and two-fish daily limit.

The staff also recommends a no-harvest pickerel season from April 1 to May 31, but asked for an increase in the minimum size to 18 from 15 inches and a cutback in the daily limit to four from six.

The commissioners will also consider a staff recommendation that a 3.85-mile section of Beaverdam Run in Somerset County be dropped from the list of Class A wild trout streams.

In five consecutive stream surveys conducted in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004, Beaverdam Run failed to meet criteria for Class A status.

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