2012 Pennsylvania Trout Stocking

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is stocking adult trout in public lakes and streams throughout the state for 2012 and has posted “where” and “when” those fish will be released at www.fishandboat.com.

PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in waters open to public angling. About 52% are stocked prior to opening day; 43% are stocked between opening day and the end of May; and the remaining 5% are stocked from October through February of the following year.

The 2012 season will open March 31 in waters located in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties. For the rest of the state, opening day of trout season is April 14.

Changes for the 2012 season include new waters, stocking extensions on waters as a result of water quality improvements, waters restored to the stocking program and the removal of waters from the stocking program.

Beginning with the 2012 season, a total of six stream sections will be removed from the stocking program for the purpose of examining the potential of wild trout populations to improve over time with the cessation of stocking. The evaluation is a component of the Commission’s Strategic Plan for Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania 2010-2014.

source: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission