Trout season opens statewide April 13 at 8 a.m.
Species stocked for 2013
(average 1.5 pounds and 14 inches)
Total to be stocked3,926,300
Where are they going?:
Streams (733 waterways)
Lakes (124 waterways)
A regional opening day in 18 southeastern counties kicked the season off on March 30 in those areas. A Mentored Youth Trout Day was held on March 23 in the southeast and southcentral. More than 3,000 mentors and 5,000 youth registered for the day.
What’s it going to cost?
Resident fishing license - $22.70
Resident three-year license - $64.70
Resident five-year license - $106.70
Trout/salmon permit - $9.70
Resident three-year trout permit - $25.70
Resident five-year trout permit - $41.70
- More than 850,000 anglers buy a fishing license each year.
Poaching doesn’t pay
Last October Gov. Corbett signed into law legislation that increases the fines and penalties for illegally harvesting fish. The maximum fine was raised from $200 to $5,000 and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission can revoke fishing and boating privileges for up to five years. In addition, the cost of replacing fish that were illegally taken can be added to the fines.
The law creates a new section in the Fish and Boat code for “serious unlawful take,” which increases the penalty for harvesting more than the legal daily limit of fish from a summary offense of the first degree to a misdemeanor of the second degree. It also allows the PFBC to collect from violators the costs to replace the poached fish, and it increases the amount of time a violator can be sentenced to prison from a maximum of 90 days to two years.