Fish & Boat offers sign of spring — stocking schedules – timesobserver.com

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Local News
Feb 8, 2021

Josh Cotton
Staff Reporter
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Opening day for trout season set for April 3 is still two months away.
But the Fish & Boat Commission has released the when — and more importantly the where — an anticipated 3.2 million trout can be found once the season opens.
“While winter seems to be here to stay for a while, the release of our stocking schedule is always a welcome reminder that spring will be here before we know it,” Brian Wisner, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Hatcheries, said. “We’re happy that we’ll be able to provide these stocking dates to the anglers this season so they can learn which local waters will be ready for some great fishing in just a few weeks.”
Stocking starts two weeks earlier than usual this year, beginning the week of Feb. 15.
Those streams that are stocks will be closed to angling from Feb. 15 until the Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day on March 27 and then the season Opening Day a week later.
The end result is that trout season will be two weeks longer this year state-wide.
Some volunteer organizations will participate in the process but walk-up volunteers won’t be able to participate due to COVID-19 concerns.
“We realize that people of all ages really enjoy meeting up with the stocking truck at their local lake or stream to see some of the beautiful trout we’ve been raising at our hatcheries, and maybe even carry a few buckets to the water,” Wisner said. “We really look forward to the day when we can welcome everybody back to help us stock again, but in the meantime, we thank the anglers for their understanding as we try to protect the safety of our staff and the public.”
Roughly 3.2 million adult trout will be stocked state-wide, consistent with levels over the last decade. Cooperative nurseries will stock an additional million fish.
The list of stocked streams and lakes is constantly evolving. The only change in this area is for Kinzua Creek in McKean County where .3 miles of stream were added.
“The revised stocking limits will extend 5.3 miles from the Allegheny National Forest boundary near Westline downstream to 200 meters downstream to Allegheny National Forest Road 15,” the Commission said.
Fish previously stocked in Brewer Run in McKean County will now be placed in Kinzua Creek due to landowner posting on Brewer Run.

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