Keith Gillespie

Dispute over stocking trout in streams roils agency

Of all the sources of discord in Harrisburg, trout usually isn't one of them.

But a proposal to increase fishing-license fees has turned into a dispute that has lawmakers hoping to oust the head of the Fish and Boat Commission.

Without the long-sought fee increase, Commission Director John Arway said last fall, some state hatcheries would have to close — meaning 240,000 fewer fish in state-stocked streams and lakes next year. But some lawmakers perceived the cost-cutting announcement as a threat to leave their hometown waters empty of stocked trout.

Now, lawmakers want Arway out and say they won't pass the bill allowing the commission to raise prices until he's...