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March 30th: Trout Season Begins in 18 Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania

English: Man holding a rainbow trout (Oncorhyn...

English: Man holding a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 19)Anglers from 18 southeastern counties are gearing up for the March 30 opening of trout, which marks the unofficial start of the 2013 fishing season.
“The buildup to opening day is just as exciting as the day itself,” said John Arway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). “Anglers are busy cleaning their gear, stocking up on supplies and hopefully buying a few new rods and reels. And stocking schedules are posted to the Commission’s website, so the last step for anglers is to pick the spots they want to fish that day.”
“I’ll be at Opossum Lake in Cumberland County to celebrate the reopening of the lake, and encourage the public to join us and try their hand at catching some of the rainbow trout we’re stocking there,” he added.
The 18 counties open March 30 include: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York.
April 13 is the traditional opening day for the rest of the state.
Visit the PFBC’s website to see detailed stocking schedules, which can be easily sorted by county. The schedule shows what waters will be stocked, the date and time, and a meeting place where volunteers can gather to help with the stocking.
“While opening day is one of the biggest fishing days of the year, it’s also one of the biggest social events,” Arway added. “Research shows that when it comes to fishing, anglers like being together with friends and family just as much as they like catching fish.”
The PFBC’s “great white fleet” of stocking trucks has been busy since mid-February replenishing Pennsylvania’s waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown and rainbow trout. Every year the PFBC stocks about 3.2 million trout in waterways across the state.
More than 850,000 anglers buy a fishing license each year.
For the first time this year, anglers can purchase multi-year fishing licenses, including a resident three-year license for $64.70 or a resident five-year license for $106.70. Resident three-year and five-year trout permits cost $25.70 and $41.70.
A one-year resident fishing license costs $22.70 and a trout-salmon permit is $9.70. A license is required for anyone 16 and older. Licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores and online at www.fishandboat.com.
Also, a media resources page contains web banners, high resolution photos and radio public service announcements for graphic artists and reporters to use.
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Mentored Youth Trout Day Begins March 23 in Southeastern Pennsylvania

English: Rainbow trout

English: Rainbow trout (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 18) — Young anglers and their adult mentors can get an early start to trout season by fishing one of 12 waters on March 23, the weekend before the regional opening day.
The 12 waters identified by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) are part of the Mentored Youth Trout Day, a new pilot project being launched within the 18-county southeast area that makes up the regional opening day.
During the day on these waters, kids under the age of 16 must register with the PFBC before joining a mentor angler, who must have a current fishing license and trout permit. They will then be able to fish on the Saturday before the southeast opener on the select waters from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Each person will be permitted to keep a combined species total of two fish, and the fish must be at least 7 inches in length. Other Commonwealth inland regulations apply on this day. It is unlawful to fish in waters designated under the Mentored Youth Trout Day without a valid fishing license or without being accompanied by a registered youth.
In partnership with Cabela’s, the PFBC is hosting a tagged-fish contest at all 12 waters during the Mentored Youth Day on March 23. Each tagged fish caught represents a prize package of a $20 Cabela’s gift card with a Zebco rod and reel special-edition set. All tags obtained during the day will need to be redeemed by mail using the PFBC’s tag redemption form. Only qualified individuals in the Mentored Youth Trout Day are eligible to participate. All tags to be redeemed must be mailed and postmarked by March 27.
The 12 Mentored Youth Trout Day waters include (by county):
Adams – Waynesboro Reservoir
Berks – Antietam Lake
Berks – Scotts Run Lake
Bucks – Levittown Lake
Cumberland – Children’s Lake
Cumberland – Doubling Gap Lake
Dauphin – Middletown Reservoir
Lancaster – Muddy Run Recreational Lake
Lebanon – Lions Lake
Lehigh – Lehigh Canal, Section 8
Montgomery – Deep Creek Dam/Green Lake
Schuylkill – Locust Lake
Registration will be accepted during March 23 at all sites, and on-line registration is available at: http://fishandboat.com/MentoredYouth.htm.
For Mentored Youth Trout Day contest rules, tag redemption forms and details, visithttp://fishandboat.com/MentoredYouthContest.htm.
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Ohio Spring Trout Release Calendar

COLUMBUS, OH – Public fishing opportunities will be enhanced this spring when more than 80,700 rainbow trout, each measuring 10 to 13 inches long, are released into 48 Ohio lakes and ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The releases will take place between mid-March and mid-May; anglers are reminded that the daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.

Some locations will feature special, youth-only angler events on the day of the scheduled releases. Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish the state’s public waters. Once the youth-only events have concluded, all other anglers may fish.

The 2011-2012 fishing license can be purchased now and is required on March 1. An annual resident fishing license costs $19 and is valid through February 29, 2012. A one-day fishing license is available and may be purchased for $11 by residents or non-residents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit towards purchase of an annual fishing license.

Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 may obtain a free fishing license where licenses are sold. Persons age 66 and older who were born on or after January 1, 1938, and have resided in Ohio for the past six months, are eligible to purchase the reduced cost resident senior license for $10.

Additional information about spring trout releases is available by calling toll-free 1-800-WILDLIFE. Information is also available from Division of Wildlife district offices in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay, and Xenia.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com.

Lake County Date/Notes
ADAMS LAKE ADAMS 3/18/2011
ANTRIM PARK LAKE FRANKLIN 4/22/2011
ASHLEY UPGROUND DELAWARE 5/7/2011 (youth only 10am – 1pm)
BARNESVILLE RES. #3 BELMONT 3/24/2011
BELMONT LAKE BELMONT 3/18/2011
BLUE LIME STONE PARK DELAWARE 4/1/2011
CANAL FULTON (OH CANAL #4) STARK 4/30/2011 (youth only 8am – 11am)
CENCI PARK POND FAIRFIELD 4/9/2011 (youth only 10am – 11:30pm)
CLARK LAKE CLARK 4/1/2011
DAVIS AUGLAIZE 4/21/2011
DELTA RESERVOIR #2 FULTON 3/31/2011
DOW LAKE ATHENS 3/31/2011
EAST HARBOR STATE PARK POND OTTAWA 4/23/2011
EYMAN PARK PONDS FAYETTE 4/30/2011 (youth only)
FOREST HILL POND CUYAHOGA 4/1/2011
FORKED RUN STATE PARK LAKE MEIGS 3/24/2011
GIERTZ LAKE HANCOCK 5/7/2011
HINCKLEY LAKE MEDINA 4/14/2011
JACKSON CITY RESERVOIR JACKSON 4/23/2011
JEFFERSON LAKE JEFFERSON 4/8/2011
LITTLE TURTLE POND SUMMIT 4/16/2011 (youth only 9am – 2pm)
MCKARNS LAKE WILLIAMS 4/21/2011
MILL CREEK LAKE MAHONING 4/21/2011
MONROE LAKE MONROE 3/17/2011
MT. GILEAD STATE PARK LAKE MORROW 4/8/2011
NEW LEXINGTON RESERVOIR PERRY 3/11/2011
OLANDER LAKE LUCAS 4/30/2011
PEARSON METRO PARK LUCAS 4/16/2011
PUNDERSON LAKE GEAUGA 4/16/2011 (youth only 9am – Noon)
QUARRY PARK POND MARION 3/25/2011
ROCKY FORK LAKE HIGHLAND 4/2/2011 (youth only 1pm – 4pm)
ROSE LAKE HOCKING 4/22/2011
RUSH RUN LAKE PREBLE 3/25/2011
SCHOONOVER LAKE ALLEN 4/14/2011
SHADOW LAKE CUYAHOGA 4/1/2011
SHELBY RESERVOIR #3 RICHLAND 3/31/2011
SILVER CREEK LAKE SUMMIT 4/15/2011
STONELICK LAKE CLERMONT 3/26/2011 (youth only 11am – 3pm)
SUNBURY DELAWARE 5/7/2011 (youth only 9am – 2pm)
SYCAMORE STATE PARK LAKE MONTGOMERY 3/24/2011
TIMBER RIDGE LAKE LAWRENCE 3/31/2011
TURKEY CREEK LAKE SCIOTO 4/30/2011
VAN WERT RESERVOIR #1 VAN WERT 4/30/2011 (youth only)
VESUVIUS LAKE LAWRENCE 4/14/2011
WEST LAKE RECREATION CENTER CUYAHOGA 4/1/2011
WHITE STAR QUARRY SANDUSKY 4/23/2011
WOLF RUN STATE PARK LAKE NOBLE 3/17/2011
YOCTANGEE PARK LAKE ROSS 3/26/2011 (youth only)
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Brady's Run Lake to be Drawn Down: Unlimited Fishing

Somerset, PA – Anglers visiting Brady’s Run Lake in Beaver County can harvest an unlimited number of fish beginning May 15, the date the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will lift all seasons, sizes and creel limits in preparation of a summer drawdown of the lake.

“Removing all harvest restrictions provides additional recreational opportunities for anglers and can help reduce the number of fish that could potentially be stranded when the water level drops,” said Denny Tubbs, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the PFBC Southwest Region. “Once the draining of the lake begins, all public access to the lake will be prohibited.”

The lake will be closed beginning on June 14 and will be drawn down to remove sediment that has accumulated behind the dam over the past 24 years. The drawdown is expected to occur during the last weeks in June. The lake is a 28-acre reservoir owned by Beaver County and is the central attraction in Brady’s Run County Park, located southwest of Beaver Falls in Chippewa Township. The lake was similarly rehabilitated in 1985 – 1986.

The PFBC will attempt to salvage as many game fish as possible from the lake and relocate them to other waters in the area. The dates of the fish salvage will be announced once set. When the lake returns to full pool, it will be restocked with warm-water fish, returned to the list of Approved Trout Waters, and stocked with adult trout.

These temporary modifications will be in effect until further notice but in no event will it remain in place after January 1, 2011. All other rules and regulations remain in effect.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.

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