Trout stocking is underway in the Poconos as anglers prepare for a big, exciting weekend.
Pennsylvania’s trout season officially opens this Saturday.
Volunteers spent Thursday afternoon stocking waterways throughout Hickory Run State Park with trout.
The experience is sentimental for some. “This is where my father taught me to fish when I was eight years old,” says Joe Feno of Albrightsville.
For others, it’s the start of a new tradition. “Because I like fishing,” said Mason Lehman of Nanticoke.
In total, more than 3.2 million trout will be stocked in Pennsylvania waterways this year. But, that statewide effort doesn’t get done without volunteers.
“One guy putting in 100 buckets, I don’t think so,” Feno said. “It’s hard work.”
In Pennsylvania, new legislation has been introduced to address fishing and boating license fees. The move would allow the Fish and Boat Commission to set license prices, instead of lawmakers.
“We only want to raise them as much as they need to be to keep up with our costs, but we like to remind folks the cost of a license this year is the same its been for the last 15 years,” says Tim Schaeffer, Executive Director, PA Fish & Boat Commission.
Nationwide. fishing and hunting license sales are declining. “A national trend is seeing a competition for peoples time,” he adds.
But, there’s good news in Pennsylvania. Schaeffer said, “we’re happy to say we’ve been holding our own here in Pennsylvania. In fact, this year sales are up a little bit.”