HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 3) –Anglers from across the state are gearing up to fish their favorite spots at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, which marks the traditional statewide opening day of trout season. Since mid-February, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has been busy stocking waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown and rainbow trout. And with approximately 3.2 million adult trout stocked in lakes and creeks, along with more than 10,000 miles of wild trout waters, anglers will have plenty of opportunities to catch a stocked or wild trout.
After the unusually cold winter, PFBC Executive Director John Arway thinks anglers will be more excited than ever to get outside and spend time with friends and family and enjoy trout fishing.
“I visited Opossum Lake in Cumberland County and Holman Lake in Perry County on the regional opening day and talked with dozens of anglers as part of our ‘Angler Thank You Campaign,’” Arway said. “As we thought, they were as anxious as I was to be outdoors and fishing.”
“They were also surprised to see me and my staff out on this day, asking them about their luck and experiences and thanking them for purchasing a fishing license,” he added. “We felt it was important to join in the fun on this day to let our customers know that we appreciate their business.”
More than 50 PFBC staff visited dozens of waters in the 18 counties in the southeastern region that make up the March 29 regional opening day. As part of the Angler Thank You Campaign, multiple area businesses provided free coffee and other beverages to anglers who showed their fishing licenses. The PFBC estimates that staff spoke to more than 1,500 customers during the day.
The Angler Thank You Campaign will also take place throughout the rest of the Commonwealth on April 12. Visit www.AnglerBoaterThankYou.com for a list of waters where PFBC staff will be and for participating businesses and offers.
Also this year, the PFBC has once again teamed up with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a special promotion. During the baseball season, 2014 fishing license holders are eligible to purchase discounted outfield box tickets at PNC Park and receive a free custom, limited-edition Pirates ball cap with each PNC Park game ticket. The offer is good on any day of baseball, with the exception of Saturday games and several defined series.
The promotional offer is good for advance ticket purchases only. Visit the Pirates website at www.pirates.com for a seating chart. These discounted tickets can be ordered directly online at www.pirates.com/pafish. Customers should use the coupon code “fish.”
Tickets can also be purchased by completing an order form on the PFBC website and mailing it to the Pirates office or fax it to 412.325.4410. Phone orders cannot be accepted. The online form (with more details) can be found at: http://fishandboat.com/promo/
On May 10, the PFBC will host the statewide Mentored Youth Fishing Day on 41 waters. To participate, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth under the age of 16. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit or purchase a low-cost, voluntary youth fishing license.
So far, the PFBC has sold almost 900 voluntary youth fishing licenses, and nearly 1,500 youth anglers have obtained a free permit for the Mentored Youth Day. Both are available at www.GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.
To ensure that plenty of the stocked trout are available to anglers on the mentored youth day, the waters will be closed to all fishing from noon May 9 until 8 a.m. on May 10. The waters will be open on May 10 only for mentored youth day participants from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and anglers may keep two trout. After 7:30 p.m. the waters will be open to all anglers.
The PFBC sells approximately 850,000 fishing licenses each year. Through the end of March, license sales are up by about 1 percent.
The 2014 season marks the second year anglers can purchase multi-year fishing licenses, including a resident three-year license for $64.70 or a resident five-year license for $106.70. Resident three-year and five-year trout permits cost $25.70 and $41.70.
A one-year resident fishing license costs $22.70 and a trout-salmon permit is $9.70. A license is required for anyone 16 and older and a trout permit is required for trout fishing in all wild and stocked trout waters. Licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores and online at www.gonefishingpa.com.
Visit the trout page for more information about trout season.
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