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April 2 Marks Opening Day of Trout in 18 Southeastern Counties
March 23, 2011
Harrisburg, PA – Anglers from 18 southeastern counties are gearing up for the April 2 opening of trout, which marks the unofficial start of fishing season.

John Arway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), says opening day is a time-honored tradition that families and kids look forward to every year.

“Opening day is a huge event for so many families and their children,” Arway said. “I remember fishing with my parents on opening day and the excitement we all felt. Now I’m able to spend this day with my grandkids and they just love it. It is truly a special time in so many families’ lives.”

“Opening day is special because it signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring,” he added. “It’s great if you catch trout, but the day is really about getting out of the house, enjoying the outdoors and spending quality time with family and friends.”

Opening day is one of the biggest fishing days of the year. The PFBC’s "great white fleet" of stocking trucks has been busy since mid-February replenishing Pennsylvania's waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown and rainbow trout. Every year the PFBC stocks about 3.2 million trout in waterways across the state.

The 18 counties open April 2 include: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York.

About 850,000 anglers buy a fishing license each year. A resident fishing license costs $22.90 and a trout-salmon permit is $9.90. A license is required for anyone 16 and older. Licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores and online at

To see if your favorite trout stream is being stocked this year, visit the PFBC stocking schedule page. Also, the PFBC has recently introduced a new media resources page on its website which contains web banners, high resolution photos and radio public service announcements for graphic artists and reporters to use.

April 16 is the traditional opening day for the rest of the state.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at

Eric Levis

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