In order to prevent opening day crowds, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has decided to open trout season early, so as of 8:00 am today, Tuesday, April 7, trout season began statewide in Pennsylvania. Size and creel limits, license requirements and normal regulations still apply. Mentored Youth Day originally scheduled for April 11 will not take place this year.
The PAF&BC will continue to stock streams this spring, but in order to prevent crowds, a stocking schedule will not be posted and the public will not be permitted to help with stocking.
Click HERE for the official announcement.
In the age of COVID-19, you may have questions concerning trout fishing for the spring of 2020. The early season opener in southeastern Pennsylvania has been canceled, but the statewide opener on April 18th and Mentored Youth Day on April 11th are still on. Streams and lakes are still being stocked but the PAF&BC asks that you do not come out to help. For the official statement from the Fish Commission, click here.
FTTU member Milt Claney organized a trip to the Erie tribs for some steelhead action this November.
In the bottom right photo, Milt Claney poses with the owner of Folly’s campground, the rendezvous spot for the FTTU group. Folly’s has been good to us helping with our Youth Group outings for many years.
Milt participates in a PA Fish and Boat Commission study on steelhead and meticulously records data on his catches.
It’s that time of year again! We are organizing a steelhead fishing trip for FTTU members to the Erie tribs in November.
Date: November 13-16
Rain date: November 20-23
Quality Inn Hotel, (814) 838-7647
6467 Sterrettania Rd., Fairview, PA 16415
Contact us if you plan to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, better yet, come to our steelhead themed meeting on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 pm at the Nimick Family Education Center.
Everyone is responsible for their own accommodations and travel. We may meet at Folly’s End Fly and Tackle Shop for BYO lunches and/or get together somewhere local for dinners.
Directions to Quality Inn: PA Turnpike west to Cranberry exit, #28. Take I-79 north toward Erie. Take exit 174 toward McKean. Turn left onto West Road for 2.1 miles to intersection. Turn right onto PA-832/ Sterrettania Road for 0.5 miles. Keep left to stay on Pa-832/ Sterrettania Road 0.6 miles to hotel on right.
Directions to Folly’s Campground: PA Turnpike west to Cranberry exit, #28. Take I-79 north toward Erie. Take exit 166 off of I-79 then make a left (west) on route 6N and drive 3 miles to intersection. Make a right (north) on route 98. Go about 4 or 5 miles and watch for a large sigh on left at entrance to Folly’s. If you cross the bridge over Elk Creek, back up to the entrance to the campground.
Steelhead season is upon us and if you are planning a trip to the Lake Erie tributaries, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has an on-line tool to locate access points.
With funds from the lake Erie license stamp, the PAF&BC is always working on purchasing property or acquiring easements to improve angler access. The map tool is available HERE.
This is the most up-to-date resource showing public access on the Lake Erie tributaries.