Bob Frye / Tribune-Review
Volunteers are always welcome to tag along and help the Fish and Boat Commission stock trout for the upcoming season.
If you’re of a certain age, you probably remember when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission kept secret the days and times of its in-season trout stockings.
Talk about classified information.
That’s how you knew you were somebody. Or at least knew somebody who was somebody.
If you were able to get a forbidden copy of the in-season stocking list, and so could be streamside with rod in hand when the truck full of fish pulled up, you had a leg up on your competitors.
Things aren’t that way anymore, of course. Now the commission posts specifics about virtually every trout stocking it does in a year’s time on its website. The only “secrets” are the specifics for a handful of streams so small or so close to a major road that the commission fears drawing big crowds for safety reasons.
Otherwise, we’re all in the know equally.
This year’s trout stocking schedule is complete and on the agency website here.
Fish are scheduled to start going out the first week of March. Stockings will continue through about the end of May, though they get less frequent as time goes on.
We’ll also be posting a weekly schedule of trout stockings for a dozen or so western Pennsylvania counties on our website each week. It can be found by clicking here.
Trout stocking schedules can also be found via the agency’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app. It’s available for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores.