The official opening of trout season in Bedford County is Saturday, and again this year Trout for Shobers has provided fishing opportunities in Bedford for youth or the disabled without adult intrusion.
The organization, a volunteer group that purchases trout to stock in Shobers Run for fishermen up to 15 years of age or disabled along Bedford Area School District property, stocked about 150 trout — or about 200 pounds of prime fish — near Bedford Middle School in Bedford Borough Friday morning. Students of Randy Barnes, middle school science teacher, also assisted.
Trout for Shobers obtains a permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to conduct an eight-week youth area on the Bedford Area School District property, according to the organization.
During that time, the organization will stock the creek another three times — four times if funds are available.
Most of the fish stocked are 12 to 15 inches in length but some are as long as 18 inches or maybe even longer, Trout for Shobers said. Fifteen of the fish have tags that earn the successful boy or girl who catches them a prize from the Bedford Moose Lodge.
During the special season, Bedford Borough police and waterways patrolmen will monitor the area to keep adults from fishing in the designated area.
The organization, which spent about $5,000 last year, is seeking donations that may be made out to Trout for Shobers/Chris Simon and sent to Trout for Shobers, 443 S. Bedford St., Bedford, Pa. 15522.