Last updated: February 01. 2014 10:35PM - 2524 Views
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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that the adult trout stocking schedules are now available online at www.fishandboat.com.


The PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 731 streams and 124 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 2.01 million rainbow trout; 647,000 brown trout; and 527,000 brook trout. As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.


In addition to these fish, the PFBC plans to stock about 8,500 trophy golden rainbow trout that weigh an average of 1.5 pounds and measure at least 14 inches long. Also, cooperative nurseries run by sportsmen’s clubs across the state will add another 1 million trout to waters close to them.


About 53 percent of the trout are stocked prior to opening day; 43 percent are stocked between opening day and the end of May; and the remaining 4 percent are stocked from October through February of the following year.


The 2014 season will open March 22 for the second annual Mentored Youth Day on 12 waters in 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.


The following weekend — March 29 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties.


A second Mentored Youth Day will be held on April 5, the Saturday before the April 12 regular opening day of trout season.


Changes for the upcoming season include new waters, stocking extensions on waters as a result of classification upgrades, waters restored to the stocking program, and the removal of waters from the stocking program.


Local waterways that have been changed include:


• Lake Took-a-While, Luzerne County — A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 24-acre impoundment. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason, inseason, and fall stocking periods.


• Lake Winola, Wyoming County — A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 198-acre lake. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason and inseason stocking periods.


• Oxbow Lake, Wyoming County — A classification change based on an increase in human population density will lead to an increase in the number of trout allocated to this 60-acre lake. Rainbow trout will be stocked during the preseason and inseason stocking periods.

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