Twin Lakes Fishing Association will stock trout of various kinds, including rainbows, in Upper and Lower Twin lakes starting today.
Call them the icing on the cake.
Trout season opens across most of Pennsylvania this Saturday, April 16. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will have stocked nearly 1.8 million keeper-sized trout for anglers by the time the action officially gets underway at 8 a.m.
Upper and Lower Twin lakes in Westmoreland County will have gotten their share.
But today they’re getting a few more, of a special variety.
The Twin Lakes Fishing Association is stocking $1,800 worth of fish, split equally between the two waters. Seventy-five of those will be tagged for prizes provided by area businesses.
“The tags, they could be for anything from a cash donation to fishing equipment, they could be free pizzas. There are just a multitude of gifts these folks give to our club,” said association secretary Tom Bell of West Newton.
Anglers have to be a member to redeem tags, he said, but membership is only $10 a year for adults, $5 a year for children. They can be purchased at the boathouse at the lower lake.
Memberships can also be purchased at a club meeting – the next one is set for 4:15 on April 17 at the boathouse – or from any of the members who will be walking around the lake opening day selling them.
It pays to join, Bell added.
The club will do another stocking, of about the same number of trout, on April 28. Fifty of those fish will carry tags.
Plus, there are tagged fish from previous years that have never been turned in and could conceivably still be swimming around the lake. Those tags can still be redeemed at the boathouse, he added.
“We put a ton of fish in there. The state does, too, so it’s a great place to fish,” Bell said.
Meanwhile, the club is also sponsoring a fishing derby on May 1. It’s open to everyone, club members and not, and will run from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
There will be prizes for the best fish caught, as well as door prizes. It will amount to about 200 gifts in all. Registration and activities center around the boathouse.
Adults and children can participate, though the club really enjoys getting youngsters, Bell said.
“That’s the real reason for it, is getting kids hooked on fishing,” he said.