Trout season is just around the corner – York Daily Record/Sunday News
Watch: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stock Fishing Creek in York County on Wednesday, March 23. It’s part of the state’s program to stock more than 3.8 million trout this year.
Jim Seip/York Daily Record
For the most part, guns, bows and crossbows have been cleaned up and set aside for the fall and winter hunting seasons.
Now, it is time to check the fishing gear. Although winter remains, anglers will be heading for the trout streams in just a few months.
April 1 is the official regional opening day for 18 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, including Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuykill and York.
The statewide opening day will follow two weeks later on April 15.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will again conduct two mentored youth trout days, allowing children younger than 16 to fish stocked trout waters while accompanied by an adult mentor who has a current fishing license and a trout permit.
The first youth trout day in the 18 southeastern regional counties will be March 25. For trout waters in the remaining counties the Mentored Youth Day will be April 8. These days do not include fishing in Special Regulation Waters.
To participate, the child must also possess a mentored youth fishing permit or a PFBC voluntary fishing license.
Mentors will be permit to fish along with the child, but they are not permitted to harvest trout and must release them unharmed. The youth may harvest two trout (combined species) with a minimum size of seven inches.
The Mentored Youth Permit is free. There is a $2.90 fee for the voluntary youth license. For each license purchased, the PFBC receives a federal reimbursement of $5 to be used for for youth outreach and education programs.
PGC meeting online
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2017 from Jan. 29 to 31 at agency headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.
Topping the agenda will be recommendations for the 2017-18 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits. Commissioners will hear public recommendations starting at 1 p.m. Jan. 29. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 30, the board will gather comments and hear staff reports. At 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31, the board will take up its prepared agenda and approve the seasons and bag limits.
The commission could also approve a preliminary proposal to a pheasant hunting permit and perhaps vote for a preliminary plan to allow semi-automatic rifles and air rifles in certain hunting seasons.
The meetings’ proceedings will be livestreamed Monday morning, immediately after the public comments. The full board meeting Tuesday will be live-streamed beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The livestreams will be at www.pgc.pa.gov. Viewers will be required to log into a free account to access the proceedings.
Trees for streams
A $790,000 investment plan to plant trees along streams to improve water quality by the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, includes funds for Adams County.
The Adams County Conservation District is receiving one of 13 grants to plant trees to provide forest buffers along streams. The Adams grant is for $50,000 for the construction of 10 acres of buffers along waterways in the Lower Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds.
Statewide grants will not only leverage about $1.4 million in additional funding, but will move Pennsylvania closer to its goal of planting 95,000 acres of streamside buffers by 2025,” said DCNR officials.
The grants are administered through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program with dollars from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax and the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees.
DCNR service foresters located in each of the 20 forest districts statewide can assist landowners with information about planting forest buffers.
Forest buffers along stream banks provide barriers between polluting landscapes and receiving waterways. Properly planted and maintained, streamside tree and shrub plantings filter the runoff of sediments and fertilizers that are applied to lawns and crops; control erosion; slow storm water runoff; cool stream temperatures; and improve fish habitat.
Bob Marchio is outdoors writer for The (Hanover) Evening Sun. He may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.