Earlier Trout Season Discussed

By Frye, Bob | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 8, 2008 | Go to article overview

Earlier Trout Season Discussed


Frye, Bob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The idea of opening trout season early in Southwestern Pennsylvania keeps growing.

This past winter, Fish and Boat Commissioners began discussing the possibility of opening trout season early -- namely, the last Saturday in March -- in some Pennsylvania counties. Initially, the list included Greene, Washington and Beaver counties. Later, that list of counties was expanded to include Westmoreland, Butler, Allegheny and Lawrence.

Now, it may expand again.

Commissioners are toying with the idea of adding Fayette County to the list of counties where trout season might open sooner. Regional staff have been asked to comment on the idea, as has the general public.

The goal of the early opener -- which already exists in 18 Southeastern Pennsylvania counties -- is to get people out fishing as soon as the weather breaks, and before baseball and soccer start pulling kids away from the water.

Commissioners are expected to make a decision on the idea at their next meeting, set for July in Harrisburg.

* Fish and Boat Commission officials played introduced some of their contemporaries to Pittsburgh recently.

The Fish and Boat Commission is hosting the 2010 conference of the American Fisheries Society in the city. The event is the largest gathering of fisheries professionals in the world.

Pennsylvania last hosted the conference in 1989.

Fish and Boat Commission executive director Doug Austen spent one morning paddling the Allegheny River in kayaks with representatives of the conference. Others from the organization visited the Convention Center and other sites in the city.

* Some regional waters have already or will receive an extra stocking of trout.

The fish are extra ones left over in hatcheries after all the spring allocations were handled.

Section three of Jacobs Creek, section one of Mill Creek, section two of the Stonycreek River and section one of the Yough River got fish June 6. …

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