When is the first day of trout in Pennsylvania? New statewide day goes into effect in 2022

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has established a single, statewide Opening Day of Trout Season for the first Saturday in April, and it begins next year. 

Under the change, which results in a longer regular trout season for most, there will no longer be separate region opening days for Pennsylvania’s 18 southeastern counties.

A single, statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day will now take place one week before the regular statewide opening day.

Those two days in 2022 are:

·         Saturday, March 26, 2022 – Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day

·         Saturday, April 2, 2022 – Statewide Opening Day of Trout Season

“Thank you to the anglers of Pennsylvania for making their voices heard about trout season and being a partner in this decision,” said Richard Kauffman, PFBC Board President.  “While necessary changes to the last two seasons because of the pandemic were inconvenient for many people, we used the unprecedented opportunity to ask a lot of questions about how we’ve been doing things for the last fifteen years.  Through a wealth of public input, including angler surveys presenting opening day options, it became clear that our agency and most Pennsylvania anglers value and prefer a single opening day of trout season moving forward.”

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