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Fall, Winter Trout Stocking Gets Underway in October

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Jake Mercer

TroutHARRISBURG, Pa. – Even though the summer season is winding down, some great fishing opportunities are only just beginning with the start of fall and winter trout stocking!

Beginning on October 1 and continuing through mid December, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will stock more than 113,000 hatchery raised adult rainbow, brown and brook trout. These stockings will replenish some of the most popular fishing spots across the Commonwealth.

“The combination of comfortable temperatures, low angling pressure and the arrival of scenic fall foliage can make for some of the most enjoyable fishing of the year,” said Brian Wisner, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Hatcheries. “While Pennsylvania is fortunate to have some of the best wild trout fishing waters in the country, the addition of some beautiful hatchery-raised trout to select waterways delivers fresh fishing opportunities to every corner of the state through the end of the year.”

In October alone, PFBC hatchery staff will supply more than 82,000 trout to portions of 91 waterways in 47 counties. A schedule of fall stocking dates and locations is available at www.fishandboat.com by hovering over “Fish” in the upper right tab, then selecting “Stocking Schedules.” Visitors can search by individual county or view a comprehensive list by clicking the “Go – Fall Stockings Statewide” button in the middle of the page.

Throughout the months of November and December, an additional 31,000 trout will be supplied to 27 waterways in 21 counties, many of which will enhance the fisheries leading up to the ice fishing season. Those opportunities can also be searched by county by clicking the “Go – Winter Stockings Statewide” button.

Trout that are stocked during fall and winter can be fished for immediately, and anglers ages 16 and older who harvest trout must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and trout/salmon permit. During the extended season (September 1 – December 31, 2019 and January 1 – February 28, 2020), the daily creel limit is three trout of combined species with a minimum size of seven inches. 2019 fishing licenses and permits can be purchased online at www.GoneFishingPA.com or by visiting more than 700 retail license issuing agents.

Volunteers and members of the media are encouraged to attend and participate in all PFBC trout stocking activities.


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