Trout Season Begins in Pennsylvania

By CJ Wittman

Last Saturday, April 2nd, marked opening day for trout fishing in certain parts in the state of Pennsylvania. Rainy weather was not what most fishers wanted, but they persevered.  As lakes and rivers filled up, over a thousand recorded fishers went the first day. All waters in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties all are open for trout fishing. Trout fishing for the rest of Pennsylvania opens on the 16th of April. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission expects to stock around 3.2 million trout this year, a number higher than years prior.

For people here in Salisbury, there are a few favorite spots in the area. One of the most popular spots to fish for trout is in the Lehigh Parkway in the Little Lehigh. Also, the Bethlehem Canal has been getting more attention for trout fishers in the area of Sand Island.  Lake Nockamixon, Moyer’s Lake, and Mauch Chunk lake are all other popular spots for fishing.

Thomas Jones, a trout fisher for many years went out after the rain had stopped around noon opening day.  At the Bethlehem Canal, Jones caught 2 fish using Power Bait.  The fish were the legal 7 inches, but not big enough for Thomas’ standards.  Overall, he claims he had a good time and is excited to get back out there.  

Christian Butz, another trout fisher of many years also went out opening day.  In the rain, Butz only caught 1 Palomino trout.  He took about an hour drive to Leaser Lake in New Tripoli, but says the drive was not worth the outcome.

Fishing is allowed 24 hours a day. Legal fishers may keep trout that meet or exceed the seven inch mark. They can keep up to five fish in one day as well. At the age of sixteen, a fisher must acquire a license, as well as a trout/salmon stamp. With a ton of trout stocked in Pennsylvania this year, fishers hope to have a successful year.  

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