Get ready for trout season – Youth can fish for free on April 8

Trout season in Pennsylvania officially begins at 8 a.m. April 15. But young anglers can fish for free on April 8 -- the Saturday before the opening day.

Mentored Youth Fishing Days provide an opportunity for youth and their adult mentors to fish for trout. It is a great opportunity to share the joy of fishing with younger people to help keep the tradition alive in Pennsylvania.

To participate, adult anglers must have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit or a voluntary youth fishing permit license. Both are available at www.GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.

For others considering fishing, the state offers two "Fish-for-Free" days – Sunday, May 28 (Memorial Day weekend) and Tuesday, July 4 (4th of July holiday).

My three district offices also have copies available of the 2017 Pennsylvania trout stocking schedules, which also are available here or with the PFBC's "FishBoatPA" mobile app. This year’s stocking lists include Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, a program where 14 waters across the state will be stocked with a total of 4,500 large, 14- to 20-inch trout. Loyalhanna Creek is one. Check here to see the list of waters.