Trout Seasons Starts Tomorrow

By Margaret Allen
This Saturday, April 3rd is opening day of Trout Season beginning at 8:00 a.m. Anglers are reminded it's a single, statewide opening day for all 67 counties this year. This is one of a few changes to the 2021 trout season, due to continued health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. Additionally Penn State researchers evaluating the colors, pattern variations and genetics of wild brook and brown trout across Pennsylvania, are asking anglers to help with their study. They want anglers to submit photos of wild brook and brown trout they catch and include a special gray card in the frame. To participate, anglers can request gray cards by going to, and the cards will be mailed for inclusion in trout photos. Sara Mueller, doctoral candidate in wildlife and fisheries science explained that with a warming climate, it’s important to learn all they can about the Eastern brook trout genome because the fish is threatened and mostly confined to small, mountain streams.

To learn more about Mueller’s wild trout genetics research and the trout color study, watch this YouTube video — — and go to

For more information, contact Mueller at [email protected]