PA Fish and Boat Commission examines 58 additional acres of fishing access

The 58-acre purchase along Conewago Creek in Adams County will be on the agenda when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission meets virtually on Monday, July 20.

The property along Russel Tavern Road and Zeigler Mill Road in Butler Township is owned by Ortanna-based Knouse Foods, who want to sell it for $ 406,000.

The property contains a portion of Conewago Creek which is designated as catch and release fly fishing only. It is stocked with trout by the board, the McSherrystown and Knouse Foods cooperative hatcheries and the Mummasburg Sportsman’s Club.

Adams County Trout Unlimited Chapter, Northern Virginia Trout Unlimited Chapter and other local interests are concerned about the future of public access to fishing if property is sold and have partnered with the Land Conservancy of Adams County Inc . to acquire it.

The conservation plans to buy the property and transfer the property to the commission, entered into an option agreement with Knouse, and asked the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for half of the acquisition costs (220,578 $).

The conservation will provide $ 120,578 and the Adams County Trout Unlimited chapter will contribute $ 16,000. The conservation requested a grant of $ 84,000 from the commission to complete the acquisition.

When the custodian acquires the property, it transfers title to the property to the commission.

The quarterly committee meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday.

Due to continuing public health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be held online, with remote participation from commissioners and staff.

The public can view a live broadcast of the meeting by visiting

A full copy of the meeting program and the full meeting agenda can be viewed on the commission website.

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