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Pennsylvania Fall Trout Stocking

Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 09/26/2007 (2539 reads)
Pennsylvania Fall Trout Stocking
The state may be named for Penn’s Woods, but autumn isn’t all about trees here in the Commonwealth – though that brilliant foliage does provide a beautiful backdrop for fantastic fall trout fishing, especially along 147 waters being stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) in October.

The PFBC will stock 89 streams with 47,100 adult trout. In addition, 58 lakes will be stocked with 62,400 adult trout. The fall stockings include two different components. Anglers who wish to harvest trout may take advantage of the stream sections and lakes regulated by the Extended Trout Season Rules. The Extended Trout Season, which began September 4, permits anglers to creel up to three trout of seven inches or greater daily.

The second component of the program is the stocking of 75 stream sections managed under special trout fishing regulations. A total of 54 stream sections being stocked are part of the Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only programs. Delayed Harvest regulations allow for year-round fishing. However, no trout may be creeled the day after Labor Day until the following June 15.

Another 21 stream sections being stocked are regulated for Catch & Release Fly Fishing Only. As the special regulation name implies, fishing in these areas is limited to fly fishing gear and all trout must be released back into the water.

Anglers should consult the 2007 Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws issued with each license for a complete list of rules applicable to specially regulated trout fishing waters.

“There’s rarely a bad time to go trout fishing, and there are some truly great times. Fall in Pennsylvania is one of the best times,” said PFBC Executive Director Doug Austen. “Autumn brings with it cooler water temperatures and increased feeding activity. It’s also a time for true trophy trout fishing with the annual run of large steelhead trout into Lake Erie’s tributary streams.”

To learn more about fall trout fishing opportunities in Pennsylvania visit the PFBC’s web site at www.fishandboat.com.
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