Stocking Trout for 2021 Fishing Season

By Margaret Allen
The 2021 adult trout stocking is underway. That, along with warming temperatures, is a welcome reminder that spring is on the way. Waterways in Wayne and Pike Counties continue to be stocked through next month including today (3/9) the West Branch Wallenpaupack Creek and the Lackawaxen River in Pike, and tomorrow the Van Auken Creek and the Lackawxen River in Wayne.
Due to continued health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a few changes to the 2021 trout season, including a consolidated statewide schedule for all 67 counties. A single, statewide Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day is Saturday, March 27th. The following weekend – Saturday, April 3 – a single, statewide Opening Day of Trout Season will begin at 8:00 a.m. Anglers are reminded that there will be no separate regional mentored youth trout fishing day or regional opening day in 2021. This consolidated schedule provides anglers with two more weeks to enjoy trout fishing statewide, reduces travel associated with multiple opening days, and minimizes overcrowding on many popular waterways to allow anglers to comply with social distancing guidelines.
To participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain Voluntary Youth Fishing License (only $2.97 including all fees), or a free PFBC-issued permit. Both are available using the PFBC website or the FishBoatPA mobile app, through county treasurer offices, or at approximately 700 retail license issuing agents. Because mentored youth programs were cancelled last season, the PFBC will continue to honor any 2020 Voluntary Youth Fishing Licenses for all mentored youth opportunities in 2021.