By Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie)
It’s almost here – the opening day of trout season is Saturday, April 13. That’s when Pennsylvania’s 1 million resident anglers will be getting ready to hit the waters.
Each year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks approximately 3.15 million adult trout in more than 720 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout; and 500,000 brook trout. The average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.
Those looking to enjoy some trout fishing this season, may want to check out the 2019 adult trout stocking guide, which is available on the commission’s website at FishandBoat.com
There is also an app that shows anglers which waters have been stocked with trout and gives driving directions using a phone’s GPS coordinates. In addition to lots of great information, the app also allows anglers to post photos to share by email, text or social media. The “FishBoatPA” app is available for free on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store. This is definitely worth checking out.
Anglers who would like to help introduce the next generation to the sport of fishing, are encouraged to take part in the state’s Mentored Youth Trout Day. Mentored Youth Trout Day will be held on April 6, the Saturday prior to the opening day of trout season. Children can keep two trout that measure at least 7 inches. Mentors are able to fish, but must release any fish they catch.
To participate, adult anglers much have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission-issued permit or a voluntary youth fishing license. Both are available at GoneFishingPA.com
And last, but not least, for those who want to try fishing but don’t want to purchase a license, the state offers two Fish for Free days each year. For 2019, the Fish for Free days are scheduled for Sunday, May 26, and Thursday, July 4. During Fish for Free days anyone (resident or non-resident) is allowed to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required. All other fishing regulations will still apply.
Fishing is a fun and affordable family activity, and the state offers many opportunities for everyone to try their luck and hone their skills. For more information on the Mentored Youth Fishing program, obtaining a fishing license, and other programs and news impacting anglers, go to FishandBoat.com
Representative Curt Sonney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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