Now that we’ve sprung the clocks forward, PA trout anglers are counting down the days until this year’s opener arrives on Saturday April 13. In most of the southwestern PA streams stocking activities have already begun, see stocking schedules from the PA Fish and Boat Commission website here.
One option for those anglers who cannot wait until April 14 is a trip to some of the bordering trout streams of MD, WV and Ohio. All three states begin their seasons earlier than Pennsylvania. In West Virginia the season never actually closes so following stocking schedules is a must to target prime fishing periods.
In Ohio the DNR is planning to release nearly 100,000 trout this spring and with a valid 2013 license (available March 1) both residents and non-resident anglers can begin pursuing trout in a couple of weeks. For WV trout fishing info click here, and for Ohio regulations, trout release schedules and license information click here.
One of the best options for early season trout for many anglers in the Pittsburgh area can be found in Maryland. Their first trout opener begins on March 30 (closing for stocking activities on March 11) and the southeastern state offers excellent opportunities for the anxious trout angler.
Some of the top notch trout streams and rivers in nearby Garret County Maryland include Bear Creek, Savage River, The Yough River, Casselman, North Branch Potomac (Kitzmiller) and for the boat owner Deep Creek Lake located near the WISP skiing resort. MD trout season information can be found Here.
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