Pennsylvania’s 2019 trout season opens tomorrow at 8 a.m. and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says there are plenty of fish in the water.
Fishermen in Jefferson, Clearfield and Elk counties will participate with 46 other counties in Pennsylvania on opening day.
PFBC Executive Director Tim Schaffer said fishing is a great way for Pennsylvanians to get outdoors and enjoy what Pennsylvania has to offer.
“Fishing is a fun and inexpensive way for individuals and families to get outdoors. Fishing is rewarding for both new and seasoned anglers as they experience special places, spend time with friends or alone on the water and appreciate Pennsylvania’s incredible, aquatic resources,” Shaffer said.
According to a PFBC press release, 3.2 million trout will be stocked in 707 streams and 127 lakes statewide. These numbers include 2.1 million rainbow trout, 640,000 brown trout and 440,000 brook trout. Keeping with past practice, the average size of each fish will be 11 inches. 9,600 trophy golden rainbow trout averaging 1.5 pounds and 14 inches long will also be stocked. The PFBC also cooperates with sportsman’s clubs and other organizations across the state to stock more than one million nursery raised trout into public waters.
The PFBC stocks trout before and during the season and stocks a limited number of times in the fall to replenish the most popular waterways and ice fishing spots in the state.
Anglers can keep a maximum of five trout daily during the regular season from April 13 through September 2 and three trout daily during the September 3 through February 28 extended season. A trout must be a minimum of seven inches to keep.
Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Pennsylvania Fishing license with a trout and salmon permit. Licenses can be purchased online at www.gonefishingpa.com or at more than 700 issuing agents according to the PFBC.
Clearfield and Jefferson County areas have plenty of places to put lines in the water according to Pat Domico of Squirrel Tails for Trout. Domico said the Squirrel Tails put approximately 400 trout in the Susquehanna River by the Curwensville high school football field on April 11 that measure as long as 17 inches and weigh as much as 10 to 12 pounds.
Domico said there were plenty of other places to fish in the Clearfield County, naming Clearfield Creek, Chest Creek and Parker Dam as a few hot spots. In Jefferson County, he suggested Toby Creek, Cloe Lake and the North Fork-Redbank Creek.
The Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce also suggested a few prime spots for fishing enthusiasts to try out, including Connerville Run, Silver Creek and the West Branch of the Clarion River.