Club reopens Glade Run fishing spot in North Buffalo
A half-mile of Glade Run creek that runs through property owned by the Pony Farm Trap and Gun Club in North Buffalo will be opened to the public and stocked with trout for the first time since the stretch was limited to use by members three years ago.
“We're expecting a lot of people to come out just for the handicapped and children-friendly areas,” Club President Jack Bennett said. “We need to give back to the community.”
Public fishing on the club's land was stopped in 2011, shortly after the creek was stocked by the state Fish and Boat Commission, because users were lighting campfires and leaving litter on the property. The club has put up signs outlining rules that need to be followed to avoid problems it had in the past.
“People who want to fish there just have to be on their best behavior this year,” said Bruce Gundlach, a commission officer who helped to reopen the land to the public.
Since the commission only stocks waters with public access, it has not put any trout into that part of the creek since the property was limited to use by members. That moratorium will end today when stocking is resumed.
“We had stopped stocking the lower end of Glade Run all together,” Gundlach said. “It cut back the number of fish stocked in Glade Run by about 300.”
Gundlach said the commission stocks 3,000 trout at about 10 spots in Glade Run creek each year.
Mark Transue, a member of Trout Unlimited and owner of Transue's Tackle in West Kittanning, said he was glad to see the club reopen fishing to the public, especially the sections on the creek reserved for children 12 and under.
“If we want kids to keep fishing, it's nice to have a place for just them, which makes it easier for them to catch fish,” Transue said. “It's a good thing all around because it also gives us a little bit more stream to fish for trout.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303.