Trout fishing season opens early in Pennsylvania to prevent large crowds

Trout season in Pennsylvania has opened nearly two weeks earlier than scheduled.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced that the season opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The commission said it made the decision in consultation with the Office of the Governor, the Department of Health and the < a href="https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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All properly licensed anglers and youth can begin fishing for and harvesting trout.

The PFBC said anglers should follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Maintain social distancing. The length of arm with an outstretched fishing rod is a good guide.
  • Limit travel by fishing close to home.
  • Cover your face with a mask or cloth covering.
  • Only go fishing with members of your family who live in the same area.
  • Don’t share your fishing gear.
  • Avoid crowds. If you arrive at a fishing spot that is already occupied, find another location.

By opening trout season early, the PFBC hopes to discourage large gatherings that may have happened on the traditional opening day. The decision is also intended to minimize intrastate and interstate travel and to reduce the threat of illegal poaching in waters that have already been stocked.

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.