Trout season opens Saturday
A sign of spring comes Saturday — Opening Day for trout season.
The season this year opens April 1 at 8 a.m.
The Pa. Fish & Boat Commission says that 3.2 million trout were stocked state-wide in 697 streams and 126 lakes.
“These figures, which are consistent with the number of trout stocked over the past decade, include approximately 2.3 million Rainbow Trout; 707,000 Brown Trout; and 168,000 Brook Trout,” per the Commission. “As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length with an average weight of .58 pounds.”
The weather isn’t going to be conducive, though, to a particularly pleasant opening day.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will reach a high 62 but comes with showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m.
It’s also going to be a windy day — 23-29 miles per hour, according to the NWS. Chance of rain is 90 percent and between a quarter and a half inch of rain is projected.
But for those who venture out Saturday — or fish in the days and weeks that follow — there will be some trophy opportunities.
The Commission says that 70,000 “trophy-sized” trout — 14-20 inches — have been stocked in addition to 14,000 golden trout this season.
“PFBC partner cooperative nurseries sponsored by sportsmen’s groups and other organizations will combine to raise an additional one million trout that will be stocked into public waterways throughout the trout season,” according to the Commission.
Regular trout season runs from Saturday through Labor Day.