Kortz: 2017 Trout stocking guides available in my offices

DRAVOSBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, said 2017 trout stocking schedules are now available in his constituent service offices.

Trout season opens statewide at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 15.

The schedule has an easy-to-read table that allows western Pennsylvania anglers to see an entire year’s worth of stockings at one time. The information is broken down by county, with stream sections and lakes listed alphabetically, and the type of trout being released at each location.

Kortz said the guides can be picked up at either of his constituent service offices – 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd., Dravosburg, or 5101 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh. The guides are also available at various locations throughout the district. Constituents can call his office staff at (412) 466-1940 or (412) 886-2870 for specific locations.

Stocking schedules are also available on Kortz's web page, www.pahouse.com/Kortz

"The state stocks our fishing locations from March through November," Kortz said. "The state stocking program shows the commitment to supporting the long tradition of fishing in Pennsylvania."

Kortz added, "Remember, a fishing license is required for anyone age 16 or older."

License information can be found on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, http://fishandboat.com/license.htm.

For those new to fishing, the state offers a free Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, April 8, the week before the opening of trout season.

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

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). More information can be found at http://bit.ly/PAFishforfree.