The last 1.3 miles of Quemahoning Creek downstream of the Quemahoning Dam is now Pennsylvania's newest tailwater trout fishery. This year-round coldwater fishery was created through a conservation release of 10.8 MGD of bottom water from the reservoir, mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission began the stocking of fingerling brown and rainbow trout in the tailwater in 2012 to develop a put and grow trout fishery.
The Somerset Conservation District secured a grant from the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds to restore some of the natural habitat that was completely eliminated at the turn of the 20th century when the reservoir was constructed. Upon the Conservation District's completion of Phase I of the habitat project In cooperation with the Cambria Somerset Authority in 2014, the coldwater fishery began to fully develop.
Although no special tackle restrictions are in place, the waterway is closed to the harvest of trout from the day after Labor Day to the opening day of the following trout season. Because this is still a fragile and developing fishery it is recommended that all trout throughout the year be released.
Somerset County Conservation District
(814) 445-4652 ext. 5