REYNOLDSDALE — Anglers in the region took to their favorite fishing holes Saturday for the opening day of trout season.
April 13 marked the first day of the season in 49 counties in northwest, southwest, north-central and northeastern Pennsylvania, including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and Wyoming counties. Other counties in the state were included in the regional opening day, which was held on March 30.
Duquene and Dominick Suffecool of Bedford said fishing on opening on day was something that “everybody” did.
“It’s like the beginning of deer season. Everybody is out trying to get the first one because the streams are all freshly stocked for the beginning of the season,” Duquene Suffecool said.
The pair were out fishing along Bob’s Creek in King Township with Brian Smith of New Paris. Both Duquene Suffecool and Smith have been trout fishing for about two years but have been fishing for bass much longer. Dominick Suffecool said he’s been trout fishing “forever.”
The trio said that they use different kinds of bait, including black and white rooster tails, some kinds of power bait and spinners. Dominick Suffecool said the type of bait used or the color of the bait used can vary depending on the weather.
“It’s just a good time to get around friends, family, a good time to bond,” Dominick Suffecool said of why he enjoys fishing. “You’re just fishing and you can tell all kinds of stories. It’s also good to meet people if you’re fishing out somewhere and there happens to be others fishing.”
Michael Snyder of Claysburg, who was also fishing along Bob’s Creek, said he comes out every year because he finds fishing to be peaceful. He said that in his 30 years of fishing he has found worms to be the best bait.
“There’s not really much of a draw.... it’s just being in all winter and you finally get to do something outside,” Snyder said of coming out for the first day of the season.
The state requires anglers ages 16 and older must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and a trout/salmon permit, both available at www.gonefishingpa.com or at more than 700 issuing agents. Prices for licenses and permits remain the same as last year. Youth anglers ages 15 and under do not require licenses or permits.
This year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocked 3.2 million trout into 707 streams and 127 lakes statewide, which is consistent with numbers over the past decade.
These figures include approximately 2.1 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout; and 440,000 brook trout, according to a press release.
During the regular season, which runs from opening day through Sept. 2, anglers may keep up to five trout measuring at least 7-inches long. During an extended season from Sept. 3 through Feb. 28, the daily limit is three trout.
To locate stocked trout fishing waters, anglers are encouraged to visit www.fishandboat.com.
The Fish Boat PA Mobile App is also available for download to help anglers locate stocked waterways or wild trout streams, use the fish identification tool and view fishing and boating regulations.