Pennsylvania Trout Fishing
Pennsylvania has diverse and abundant trout fishing opportunities for all kinds of anglers. You can fly fish for native trout in limestone streams or battle large browns in big rivers. Whatever your trout fishing passions are, you will be able to find them in Pennsylvania.
Season and Creel Limits
Approved Trout Waters Closed
March 1, 2018 - Most waters closed for trout fishing. Exceptions are those open to year round trout fishing.
Mentored Youth Trout Opening Days
March 24, 2018 - Regional opening day
April 7, 2018 - Statewide opening day
Opening Days of Trout
March 31, 2018 - Regional trout opener
April 14, 2018 - Statewide trout opener
5 combined species, minimum of 7 inches through Sept. 3, 2018 and 3 combined species from Sept. 4th to February 28th.
Understanding Pennsylvania's Trout
Trout are one of the most popular game fish in Pennsylvania. The main species include the Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush), Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) and Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Among the trout species, only the Brook Trout (Pennsylvania's State Fish) and the Lake Trout are native to the state's waters. Trout inhabit cool and cold streams and lakes with native reproducing populations found in the high quality, cool waters with adequate spawning habitat. Rainbow Trout spawn in the spring, Steelheads spawn fall-spring, and Brown and Brook Trout spawn in the fall.
Trout feed mostly on aquatic insects, crayfish, freshwater crustaceans and smaller fish. Active feeding takes place when water temperatures are in the 50s and 60s. Most streams and some lakes in Pennsylvania are stocked one or more times a year with adult trout for recreational fishing.
2018 Pennsylvania Trout Stocking Schedule
Complete 2018 Pennsylvania trout stocking schedule by waterway, county and date of stocking. This stocking table is mobile friendly and easy to search and gives you all the details you need to plan your trout fishing trips.
Trout stockings are compiled from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). Dates and times are subject to change. Visit the PFBC trout stocking website for complete stocking information.
Trout Fishing Articles
Brief Guide to Mentored Youth Trout Fishing in Pennsylvania
The mentored youth trout fishing days provide an opportunity to get kids out fishing with low pressure and fully stocked trout streams and lakes.
Fly Fishing Pennsylvania on the First Day of Trout
Fly fishing Pennsylvania on the first day of trout season can be a challenge for even the most experienced angler. Here are some opening day tips for the fly anglers out there.
10 Tips for Youth Trout Fishing Success
If you have not already, now is the time to start planning your youth trout fishing outing with your son or daughter.
Featured Trout Fishing Guides
Planning a trout fishing trip to Pennsylvania or just looking to improve your skills? Reach out to a featured trout fishing guide to book a trip. These guides are top-notch trout anglers and can provide you with all the information and skills to be a more successful trout angler.