HARRISBURG - Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) recently announced the 2018 Trout Stocking Schedules are now available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) in print, online and on the commission’s FishBoatPA mobile app in preparation for opening day of trout season.
“With recent periods of warmer weather, I think we are all looking forward to spring and getting outside more. One of the best parts about this time of year in the Commonwealth is the anticipation of trout season,” said Kauffman. “Fishing in Pennsylvania is one of the most beloved pastimes, and to get everyone ready, we now have this year’s trout stocking schedules available so you can pick the best spot to cast your line.”
The commission plans to stock 3.2 million adult trout in more than 720 streams and 126 lakes open to public angling each year. These figures include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout; and 500,000 brook trout. The average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.
The statewide opening day for trout season is Saturday, April 14, but a regional opening day in 18 southcentral and southeastern counties, including Franklin County, is set for Saturday, March 31. For a complete list of those counties, go to the PFBC’s website at FishandBoat.com
Additionally, the commission will host Mentored Youth Trout Days on Saturday, March 24, for those same 18 counties, and Saturday, April 7, statewide. Last year, more than 30,000 kids signed up to participate. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish for trout the Saturday before the regular opening days. Youth anglers must obtain a mentored youth permit or voluntary youth fishing license as well. Go here for more information
For more information about fishing licenses or regulations, or to check the trout stocking schedule, go to RepKauffman.com
Representative Rob Kauffman
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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