For some of the best trout fishing in the world, Pennsylvania is the place to be. Opening day starts in just four months. You have to go trout fishing in PA! There are miles of streams well stocked with Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout. Pennsylvania is home to more miles of trout streams than any other state next to Alaska.
There are actually two opening days for trout fishing. The statewide opening is April 18th. The regional opening in 18 counties is on April 4th. To fish for trout, a person must be 16 years and older and obtain a trout/salmon permit in addition to a fishing license. The cost of a license depends on many factors including age and length of license needed. There are three year and five year licenses and also one, three or seven day licenses depending on what you need. Licenses can be purchased online, in person or by mail. When fishing, the license must be displayed on the outer garment of the angler. An alternate form of identification must also be present.
Penns Creek was voted in the America’s Top 100 Trout Streams in Pennsylvania. The still and rapid waters are filled with trophy sized trout. The creek is home to Rainbow, Brown, Brook and Palomino trout. The Kinzua Dam is also known for its trout fishing. Since its opening in 1965, the dam has been well stocked with six types of trout. In Southwestern Pennsylvania is a 70 mile region known as the Laurel Highlands Trout Trail. Wild and native trout can be found in the streams along the trail. The Laurel Highlands Trout Trail encourages a catch and release practice meaning catching the trout and then releasing them quickly back into the water. Flowing for 42 miles is Wiconisco Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River. In 2003, it was the most stocked creek in the entire state. Fishing Creek is another tributary of the Susquehanna River. The creek is known for its many species of fish including four types of trout. The Pennsylvania state record Brook trout was caught in Fishing Creek in 1996. The trout weighed in at 7lbs and was 22 inches long.
Great fishing year round can be found at Poe Lake and Big Poe Creek. Even in the winter months, Poe Lake is great for catching trout because its waters are cold and deep. Big Poe Creek is great for catching wild brook and brown trout. Springtime is a popular time to fish for trout in this area because the hatches are frequent making the trout abundant.
When making your arrangements to come trout fishing in Pennsylvania, be sure to check out accommodations at the beautiful Settlers Inn. The Settlers Inn is in the lake region of the Pocono Mountains. This restored arts and crafts lodge offers 21 guestrooms and a farm to table restaurant on site. The Ledges Hotel is The Settlers Inn sister property just one mile down the road. After a long day of fishing, relax with a glass of wine on the multi-tiered decks overlooking the cascading waterfalls. There’s no better place to enjoy spring in the Pocono Mountains. We look forward to hosting you soon.
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