Locals crowd streams for trout opener
BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
Saturday was the opening of trout season in the region, and the occasion was well marked as residents lined the banks of local waterways to try their luck.
According to Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officer Kadin Thompson, who covers Wyoming and parts of Susquehanna County, said there was a good amount of anglers on the waterways.
“I would say it was a pretty average day,” Thompson said. “Not quite as many people as last year when it was in the 60s and sunny, but definitely more than in the previous year.”
Thompson said he visited several places on Saturday including Meshoppen Creek, West Branch Mehoppen Creek, South Branch Tunkhannock Creek, Bowmans Creek and Lake Winola.
“I would have to say that South Branch was the busiest of all the places I went,” Thompson said. “That’s a really popular stream.”
Thompson noted that he saw plenty of people catching trout on Saturday, but didn’t notice anyone at the creel limit.
“I don’t recall seeing anyone at their limit,” Thompson said. “There are definitely plenty of left to catch out there.”
He noted that the Fish and Boat Commission stocking program is still in full swing, and will continue this week.
“Each stream will be stocked one more time this season,” Thompson said. “The in-season stocking will start this Thursday.”
Thompson noted that he did not have as many violations this year on opening day as he did last year.
“I think that last year was just an abnormal year,” Thompson said. “I had just a few violations on Saturday.”
Thompson said that he found one angler fishing before the official start of the season and is working on investigating an angler taking more than the limit.
For more information on PFBC trout fishing regulations or for trout stocking schedules for the region, visit www.fishandboat.com.