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MIKE BRAUN Pa. trout season opens today



Published: Sat, April 16, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Pennsylvania's popular trout season opens today, and even as you read this it's likely that thousands are already flailing away at the state's waterways in search of brook, brown, rainbow and golden trout.

Those of you who live for the trout opening day probably had your spot all picked out and were casting soon after 8 a.m. came and went today.

If you are one who likes solitude or less crowded conditions then you will wait a week or so and then venture out to a favorite creek or stream.

However, if you've never fished for trout, you probably wonder what all the fuss is about or would like to find out more about Pennsylvania's trout fishery.

Well, here's a few things to get you started.

The state's trout season begins at 8 a.m. today and runs 24 hours daily through Sept. 5.

If you're going to pursue trout, then you'll need a license.

Where to start

For residents age 16-64, including trout stamp and fee, that will cost $31; for those residents who are 65 and older including stamp and fee, the license is $22.

Nonresidents will need to pony up $60, including a trout stamp and fee.

You can find your licenses at nearly any sporting goods store -- in fact there are more than 1,300 issuing agents statewide -- or via the Pennsylvania Fish & amp; Boat Commission's Web site.

Finding the fish

If you don't have a clue where to find trout, then the PF & amp;GC Web site can help.

Go to www.fish.state.pa.us/ and click on the link to "approved trout waters." Here is where you will find Pennsylvania's streams, lakes, ponds and reservoirs that are officially classified as sanctioned for trout fishing meaning that they meet criteria qualifying them to be stocked with trout by the Fish & amp; Boat Commission.

There are stream maps online as well as specific restrictions, rules and warnings. For example, the PF & amp;BC reminds anglers that many of the waterways listed are privately owned, and the listing is not a guarantee of access. They remind anglers that if a specific area is coveted as a fishing spot, and if it is private, a request of the landowner for permission to fish that area is necessary.

braun@vindy.com




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