Trout season open statewide
The state Fish and Boat Commission announced today (April 7) that the statewide 2020 season opened for the year at 8 a.m.
‘‘This measure allows properly licensed anglers and youth to begin fishing for and harvesting trout. All regulations, sizes, and creel limits apply,’’ the commission said in it announcement.
Anglers and boaters should limit travel by fishing close to home; cover their faces with a mask or other cloth covering, keep a distance of at least six feet from others (the length of arm with an outstretched fishing rod is a good guide); only go fishing with members of their families living in the same household, and never share fishing gear with others.
‘‘If another angler is in an area you intended to fish, move on to another spot’’ the commission said.
PFBC staff will continue to stock trout throughout the spring, but not all waters have been stocked at this time. To further discourage group gatherings, a stocking schedule and list of waters that have been stocked will not be provided to the public this season.
Anglers should also be aware that public access to some waters may be restricted by the landowner or local municipal government.
Fishing and boating is permitted in Pennsylvania state parks and state forests, when social distancing guidelines are followed. DCNR is encouraging people to fish and conduct other outdoor recreation within 15 minutes of their homes. Anglers should note that state park facilities, including restrooms may be closed.