Surprise, Trout Season Is Underway In Pennsylvania

the move will hopefully prevent crowded waterways during the coronavirus pandemic

Andrew Limberg
April 07, 2020 - 1:16 pm

PA Fish and Boat Commission

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania’s trout season opened Tuesday unexpectedly, two weeks ahead of schedule.

The PA Fish and Boat Commission says the move will hopefully prevent crowded waterways during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We realize that this announcement is another disruption to tradition, but it is in the best interest of public health and safety,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. “We have already seen that anglers and boaters across the Commonwealth are willing to adapt their behavior to include social distancing, and we ask everyone to follow their lead while enjoying outdoor activities during this challenging time. The trout we have been stocking have had time to spread out, and so should you.”

Anyone headed out to fish my abide by stay-at-home orders and CDC guidelines: stay home if you feel sick, cover your face and stay at least six feet away from other people.

Anglers should not share equipment, carpool or use crowded fishing areas and are asked not to travel to far to fish.

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