2009-03-05 / Sports

PA Trout Stocking Schedule

County season opens April 18

Trout season in Pennsylvania is almost upon us again and fishermen throughout the state will begin to start thinking about where and how they will catch these cunning fish this year. The first day in 18 southeastern counties, including Juniata, Perry, Dauphin, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, York, Lebanon, Berks, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia, is April 4. In the rest of Pennsylvania, the opening day is still April 18. This change was due to the change in climate in the southeastern counties in which the weather gets warmer sooner than it does in the rest of the state.

Trout fishing tips and tricks

Locate a hole (a deeper section of the creek) to fish, generally trout like to hold in the head, belly or tailout of the hole. In the morning, focus your efforts on the faster sections of the hole at the head. Fish with minnow imitations or minnows early in the morning; good imitations include streamers, spinners, and small spoons. Trout tend to like faster water to lie in but often will get spooked to gut or belly of the hole later in the day due to heavy fishing pressure from anglers. Later in the day toward the evening hours, focus on the tailout of a hole. Often you will see trout rising in section toward nightfall.

Don't be afraid to fish your baits with an erratic motion. For example, if fishing with a fly rod and a streamer, strip or rip your fly line to make a jerking motion with your streamer. This will make your fly look as if it is crippled and darting to get out of harm's way and will often causes a reaction strike. Or, if you fish with spinning gear, jerk your rod with quick short jerks while reeling to make your spinner or spoon dart while going through the water. Also don't be afraid to reel fast causing your spinner to burn just below the surface of the water, which will often result in a very impressive strike from a hungry trout.

Afternoon + sun = dry flies

Often there are some mighty big hatches that take place during trout season and all it takes usually to kick it off is a little sun. Remember to try to match the size and color of the flies that are landing on the water during a hatch. Also you may want to try incorporating a dropper fly such as a small nymph like a prince or hairs ear. This can be an extremely effective method to catch trout.

Attention bait fisherman

Remember to use the appropriate amount of sinkers when fishing with bait. You should only feel your sinkers tapping the bottom every once in a while if you are fishing a location with current. Also you should only be using six-pound test line or lighter, with four-pound being preferred. Trout can be very sensitive to line diameter and you may want to give a fluorocarbon line a try this year. Fluorocarbon lines are invisible underwater, which will allow you to use a heavier line diameter, however, this line can be a little expensive.

Hopefully, if you use some of these techniques, you will be more successful this 2009 trout season.

County stocking schedule

Big Cove Creek: April 15 and May 19. Meet at K's Place, 11:00 a.m.

Cowans Gap Lake: April 9 and April 25; May 9; October 7. Meet at lake at 10:45 a.m.

Laurel Fork: April 14. Meet at Traveler's Restaurant at 9:30 a.m.

Licking Creek, Rt. 522 bridge: April 7 and May 11. Meet at K's Place, 11:00 a.m. on April 7 and 10:45 a.m. on May 11.

Little Aughwick Creek, Huntingdon Co. line: April 3 and May 11. Meet at Cowans Gap State Park at 10:45 a.m.

Little Brush Creek, mouth of Roaring Run: April 14 and April 30. Meet at Traveler's Restaurant at 9:30 a.m.

Little Tonoloway Creek: March 26 and April 30. Meet at Traveler's Restaurant 9:30 a.m.

North Branch Little Aughwick Creek: April 17 and May 9. Meet at Cowans Gap Park office at 11:00 a.m. on April 17 and 10:45 a.m. on May 9.

Oregon Creek: April 14. Meet at Traveler's Restaurant at 9:30 a.m.

Sideling Hill Creek, Roaring Run near Enid: April 14. Meet at Traveler's Restaurant at 9:30 a.m.

South Branch Little Aughwick Creek: April 17, April 25 and May 9. Meet at Cowans Gap park office at 11:00 a.m. on April 17 and 10:45 a.m. on April 25 and May 9.

South Branch Little Aughwick Creek, Cowans Gap: April 17 and April 25. Meet at park office at 11:00 a.m. on april 17 and 10:45 a.m. on April 25.

Spring Run, Union Church Road: April 15. Meet at K's Place at 11:00 a.m.

Wooden Bridge Creek: April 7. and May 19. Meet at K's Place at 11:00 a.m.

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