Every year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission ( PFBC) stocks about 3.2 million trout in waterways across the state. About 50 percent are stocked before the opening days, 45 percent are stocked before the end of May and the remaining 5 percent are stocked in the winter.
Stocking trucks has been busy since mid-February replenishing Pennsylvania’s waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown, and rainbow trout.”
About 850,000 anglers buy a Pennsylvania fishing license each year. A resident fishing license costs $22.70 and a trout-salmon permit is $9.70. A license is required for anyone 16 and older. Licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores and online at www.fishandboat.com.
For 2011, the PFBC has scheduled two Fish-for-Free Days on Memorial Day, May 30, and on Labor Day, Sept. 5. No fishing license is needed on either of the days.
“This is a great way to introduce someone to the world of fishing,” Mr. Arway said. “In order to help first-time anglers, our Education and Outreach staff will hold special events and hands-on lessons at locations across the state.”
To learn more about Pennsylvania trout stocking efforts, anglers can visit the Fish and Boat Commission website at www.fishandboat.com/stocking
source: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission