The traditional opening day of trout season in Pennsylvania is Saturday, April 12, when anglers will have plenty of opportunities to catch stocked or wild fish.
According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, about 3.2 million adult brook, brown and rainbow trout have been stocked in state waterways, including Big Sewickley Creek, Raccoon Lake and Bradys Run.
As part of opening day, the state is launching the Angler Thank You Campaign throughout the commonwealth. On Saturday, April 12 GetGo convenience stores in Leetsdale, Moon, Aliquippa, Rochester and other locations will be giving out free coffee and hot drinks of any size.
Nearby, the Big Sewickley Volunteer Fire Department is also hosting its annual pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the fire hall, 1850 Big Sewickley Creek Road.
The breakfast benefits the Bell Acres fire department. Children 15 and under can register for a free fishing contest in order to win prizes for the best catches.
A fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older and a trout permit is required for trout fishing in all wild and stocked trout waters. Licenses can be purchased locally at Ambridge Do It Best Home Center.
A one-year resident fishing license costs $22.70 and a trout-salmon permit is $9.70.
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