Pennsylvania Trout Season Opens Saturday

Over 600,000 Expected To Hit Area Waterways

April 13, 2018 - 10:35 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Over half a million fisherman are expected to take to streams and creeks when trout season opens across the state tomorrow.

Officials say trout season applies only to those waterways that are stocked with trout by the state.

“The excitement of opening day is all about the entire experience,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Anglers begin by cleaning their old gear, stocking up on supplies and hopefully buying some new equipment. Also, stocking schedules are posted on the Commission’s website, so the last step for anglers is to return to the places where they have fished many other opening days or, for some, to pick a spot to fish for the first time.” Said Arway.

He adds that fisherman across the state can catch as many fish as they want, but can only keep five, as long as they are seven inches or longer.

In a release, officials say they stock approximately 3.15 million adult trout in more than 720 streams and 126 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout; and 500,000 brook trout. As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.

“Trout season is a great cure for cabin fever and an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the Commonwealth’s abundant natural resources,” Arway said.

The price of a resident annual license is just $21 ($22.90 with fees); non-resident annual $51 ($52.90 with fees); and senior resident annual $10 ($11.90 with fees). Trout permits are $8 ($9.90 with fees).

Anglers can also buy multi-year licenses.

A 3-year resident license can be purchased for $63 ($64.90 with fees), a 5-year for $105 ($106.90 with fees) and a 10-year for $210 ($211.90 with fees). Anglers can also buy multi-year trout/salmon, Lake Erie and combo permits and experience similar savings.

Licenses and buttons can be purchased at more than 900 licensing agents and online at