DELAYED HARVEST PROJECT:
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The Neshannock Creek History, Hatches, and Regulations

Who would believe that the Neshannock Creek in Lawrence and Mercer Counties contains an abundant Brown Drake Hatch! The same Brown Drake that you find on the Allegheny River, Sinnemahoning, Kettle, and Pine Creeks. The same large May Fly brings large trout to the surface to feed.  As with all other eastern streams, the hatch of Drakes on the Neshannock lasts for three or four days in late May or early June.
 
The Neshannock begins where Cool Springs and other creeks combine at the eastern end of Mercer County.  The stream then flows southwest through Mercer and Lawrence Counties, picking up tributaries like Beaver, Pine, Indian, and Potter Runs and the Little Neshannock near Neshannock Falls.  The Neshannock flows into the Shenango River in downtown New Castle.
 
On January 1st, 1991 a Delayed Harvest - Artificial Lure Area was established in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, the Neshannock Chapter of Trout Unlimited and some cooperative land owners.  This area is accessible from the Covered Bridge Road.  A historic covered bridge marks the lower boundary of the Delayed Harvest area.  The area then continues upstream 2.7 miles with the upper boundary the base of the dam in Volant. (view map)


SOME OF THE MORE NOTABLE HATCHES ARE:
 
 
APRIL 15  -  MAY 5
HATCH
SIZE
TIME OF DAY
#16
Afternoon & Evening
#16
Afternoon & Evening
#16
Afternoon & Evening
MAY 12  -  JUNE 10
HATCH SIZE TIME OF DAY
Green Caddis #16 Afternoon & Evening
Sulphur Dun & Spinner #16 Evening
March Brown #12 Morning & Afternoon
Light Cahill #14 Evening
Brown Drake #14 Late Evening
Red Quill #16 Afternoon & Evening
Blue Winged Olive Dun #14 Morning & Afternoon
Green Drake & Coffin Fly #10 Late Evening
Slate Drake #12 & #14 Evening
AUGUST 10  -  AUGUST 30
HATCH SIZE TIME OF DAY
Big Slate Drake #8 Evening
White May Fly #14 & #16 Evening
 

DELAYED HARVEST - ARTIFICIAL LURE ONLY

  1. Fishing may be done with artificial lures only constructed of metal, plastic, rubber, or wood or with flies or streamers constructed of natural or synthetic materials.  All such lures may be used with spinning or fly fishing gear.  Use of gear not described in this section is prohibited.  Specifically prohibited are the use of molded facsimiles or replicas of insects, earthworms, fish eggs, fish, or any invertebrate or vertebrate either singly or in combination with the other materials.
     
  2. The use or possession of any natural bait, baitfish or fishbait and the use of any other fishing device other than artificial lures, flies or streamers is prohibited.
  1. Open to fishing year-round (no closed season)
     
  2. Fishing hours: One hour before sunrise - except opening day which is 8 am - to one hour after sunset.
     
  3. Minimum size: Nine (9) inches, caught on, or in possession on, the waters under regulation from June 15 to Labor Day.
     
  4. Daily creel limit: Three combined species from June 15 to Labor Day, only, caught or in possession on the waters under regulation.
     
  5. Taking of baitfish or fishbait is prohibited.

 

Fall, Winter hours:
Open 6 days a week.
Mon.-Sat. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Wed., 10:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Closed Sundays Sept.-Feb.

Neshannock Creek
Fly Shop
phone: (724) 533-3212
fax: (724) 533-2363
email: rashuey5@gmail.com

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The Orvis Company, Inc.

250 Main Street
Volant, PA 16156
(driving directions)

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