Statewide trout season opens Saturday in Pennsylvania

RICK DANDES
The (Sunbury) Daily Item (TNS)
Jason Zander, 8 of Leader Heights, holds up his very first trout he caught while fishing with his brother and father at Muddy Creek Forks,Tuesday, April 7, 2020 after the PA Fish & Boat Commission surprised anglers by opening trout season across the state more than a week before the scheduled opening day. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

One of great Pennsylvania traditions begins Saturday with the opening of the trout fishing season.

"We estimate that between 1-1.5 million anglers will enjoy the opening day of trout season, said Mike Parker, communications director, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). "This is based on the number of trout permits sold annually, 600,000-700,000 plus youth anglers under age 15 who do not require a fishing license."

The PFBC is ready for those anglers.

In all, the PFBC claims it will stock 3.2 million adult trout in 696 streams and 128 lakes open to public angling this year.

Approximately 2.2 million rainbow trout, 686,000 brown trout, 293,000 brook trout and 13,000 golden rainbow trout will be offered according to the PFBC. The average stocked fish is 11 inches long and weighs .58 pounds,

Stocking began five weeks ago, and roughly 65 percent of the fish will be released by opening day. The remainder will be stocked from May 10-12.

To participate in trout fishing and keep trout, anglers ages 16 and older require both a fishing license and a trout permit.

Anglers and boaters can start preparing for opening day of trout season right now by purchasing their 2022 Pennsylvania fishing licenses, launch permits, and boat registration renewals online at www.fishandboat.com, the FishBoatPA mobile app, or by visiting one of approximately 700 retail license issuing agents.

Online customers will notice an improved licensing buying experience, save time, and can avoid long lines in stores when waiting to purchase a license closer to the start of trout season.

Anglers are no longer required to display a printed copy of their fishing license on the outside of their clothing and may simply store their license digitally on their phones.