2019-03-09 / Front Page

Trout season draws near; stocking set to start


Many initiatives are underway to protect Pennsylvania’s native trout populations, including the colorful brook trout. Fishing license buyers can support some of these projects by purchasing voluntary supplemental licenses this year. Read more on page 8. Many initiatives are underway to protect Pennsylvania’s native trout populations, including the colorful brook trout. Fishing license buyers can support some of these projects by purchasing voluntary supplemental licenses this year. Read more on page 8. A mentored youth fishing day allowing anglers under age 15 to try their luck on is April 6. It precedes the opening of the statewide trout-fishing season on April 13.

To participate, anglers 16 years or older who accompany a child must have a valid fishing license and trout permit. Youth anglers must obtain a free Pa. Fish and Boat Commission permit, or a voluntary youth fishing license ($2.90, including all fees). Both are available online at gonefishingpa.com or fishing license issuing agents across the state. Revenues derived from the voluntary youth fishing license are dedicated to youth fishing programs.

PFBC stocking schedules have been posted on the agency’s website. Approximately 3.2 million adult trout will be stocked for public angling. PFBC cooperative nurseries operated by sportsmen’s clubs across the state will add another 1 million trout.

Stockings begin locally next week.

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