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Opening Day of Trout Season

The 2021 trout season begins Saturday and this year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says anglers will have a greater chance to catch trophy-sized trout.

Officials say after this long winter and challenging year; trout fishing is a fun and safe way to get outdoors.

This is the first time that Saturday’s opening day is a single statewide event for all 67 counties.

The change is supposed to help eliminate travel and overcrowding, while also allotting more time for the season.

“We have spent the last 6 weeks as an agency stocking the waters of the commonwealth in preparation of this day, all told there will be 3.2 million fish stocked for trout season,” says Doug Hess, manager of Benner Spring State Fish hatchery in State College.

The PA Fish and Boat Commission says they have stocked more than 700 streams and 120 lakes with adult trout, which are hatchery raised Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Brook Trout, measuring 14 to 20 inches.

While hundreds, if not thousands, of anglers are expected to show out for Saturday’s opening day, officials remind the public to follow all state and local pandemic guidelines.

“The best tip I can provide is for people to be courteous of others, and keep in mind the social distancing guidelines that have been put out by the CDC and the commonwealth and abide by those and be respectful of others. Hopefully, everyone has a great day of fishing.”

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