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Trout Stockings, Steelhead Fishing
Highlight Fall Fishing Opportunities
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Sept. 25) - spacer Remember the excitement and anticipation of the trout opener last spring? Anglers can experience that again during the fall starting on October 1.
“Fishing doesn’t end when the weather turns colder,” said Dave Miko, Chief of the Division of Fisheries Management for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). “Between trout stockings and hard-charging steelhead returning to our Lake Erie tributaries, your chances to enjoy some fishing fun this fall are looking pretty good.”
Beginning Oct. 1, the PFBC will stock approximately 83,300 trout in 91 lakes and stream sections. Anglers can see a complete list of the fall stocking schedules by visiting the PFBC’s stocking pages at: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx.
Looking for a challenge? Miko suggests heading to Erie and its legendary steelhead fishing.
“History shows that steelhead enter Lake Erie tributaries starting in early to mid-September and runs really get going during October, coinciding with rainfall events that bring up flows in the streams,” he said. “Angler surveys show that catch rates per angler are highest in December.”
“Steelhead are known for their aggressive fight,” he added. “But once you land one, you’ll likely get hooked on the experience.”
The PFBC stocks more than a million juvenile steelhead each year and continually works on improving access to Lake Erie tributaries through property acquisitions and easements using angler funds acquired through the Lake Erie permit and combo trout-salmon/Lake Erie permit. For more information on steelhead fishing in Erie, including interactive maps showing popular locations, visit: http://www.fishandboat.com/steelhead.htm.
The fall fishing season also coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day, which this year is Saturday, Sept. 27. Formalized by Congress in 1971, National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to recognize the important role hunters and anglers play in conservation and improving natural resources. It is observed on the fourth Saturday of every September.
“We still have three solid months of good fishing ahead,” Miko added. “Make your plans now to get in on the action. A Pennsylvania fishing license and permits are your ticket to some of the best fishing of the year.”
Before heading out onto waterways, Miko reminds anglers to familiarize themselves with the methods to clean their gear and help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
“Aquatic invasive species, like round gobies and didymo, are almost impossible to eradicate once they’re introduced into a waterway,” he said. “Take a few moments to learn how to properly clean and dry your gear to protect our waterways.”
More information is available on the PFBC website at: http://fishandboat.com/cleanyourgear.htm.

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