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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Trout Season Opens Statewide On April 16

April 16 Marks Opening Day of Trout Statewide

Harrisburg, PA – Anglers from across the state have been helping the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission ( PFBC) stock more than one million adult trout in preparation for the traditional opening day on April 16.

PFBC Executive Director John Arway says opening day is a time-honored tradition that families and kids look forward to every year.

“Opening day is a huge event for so many families and their children,” Mr. Arway said. “In fact, the regional opening day and the traditional opening day are two of the biggest fishing days of the year. To get ready for them, our ‘great white fleet’ of stocking trucks has been busy since mid-February replenishing Pennsylvania's waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown, and rainbow trout.”

April 2 marked the regional opening day of trout in 18 southeastern counties.

Every year the PFBC stocks about 3.2 million trout in waterways across the state. About 50 percent are stocked before the opening days, 45 percent are stocked before the end of May and the remaining 5 percent are stocked in the winter.

“Opening day is special because it signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring,” Mr. Arway added. “It’s great if you catch trout, but the day is really about getting out of the house, enjoying the outdoors and spending quality time with family and friends.”

About 850,000 anglers buy a fishing license each year. A resident fishing license costs $22.70 and a trout-salmon permit is $9.70. A license is required for anyone 16 and older. Licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores and online at www.fishandboat.com.

In a new twist this year, the PFBC has scheduled the two Fish-for-Free Days on Memorial Day, May 30, and on Labor Day, Sept. 5. No fishing license is needed oLinkn either of the days.

“This is a great way to introduce someone to the world of fishing,” Mr. Arway said. “In order to help first-time anglers, our Education and Outreach staff will hold special events and hands-on lessons at locations across the state.”

To see if your favorite trout stream is being stocked this year, visit the Fish and Boat Commission website at www.fishandboat.com.

Potter County stocking schedule

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.


Anonymous said...

Where are all the Tea Baggers now? Stocking is such a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. If trout aren't naturally in the streams, why the heck does the government need to put them there? Oh I forgot, Tea Partiers are probably more likely to be backwoods hunters and fishermen so this benefits them. It's only when the governments spends money on someone else that its wrong.

Anonymous said...

Stocking is a huge waste of taxpayer moneys! I would like to see how much the state spends on it ! Anyone?

Anonymous said...

10:30, REALLY??????????

Anonymous said...

Why do people think it is the STATE that pays for these Fish. The last time I checked it was from Sportsmen AND Womens fees to fish. Also over a third of these fish stocked are raised by Co-OP's that are funded fully by Sportsmen and Women giving freely of their time and finacial donations. You even have people who buy from the Commercial Hatcheries and place them in the streams for all to enjoy. All you need to do is buy a Licence and Trout Stamp to enjoy some time out doors. Go for it!!

Anonymous said...

12:11pm, you trying to tell us that absolutely NO taxpayer dollars are going to stocking? Hmmm, how come there are Pennsylvania stickers on the doors of the trucks? You trying to say that Co-ops bought those shiney new white trucks and donated them to the state? Try again. Get the state of the fish growing business and then giving them away for free.