You are here

Opening Day of Trout Fishing in Southeast Pennsylvania

It is finally here - spring! In less than a few weeks anglers will be able to cast their lines into the streams and lakes of southeast Pennsylvania. Opening day of trout season for this region is April 4. The PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout  (2 million rainbow trout, 641,000 brown trout, 525,000 brook trout and 8,500 trophy golden rainbow trout) in about 700 streams and lakes across Pennsylvania annually. About 53% of the trout will be stocked prior to opening day and the remainder is stocked between opening day and the end of May. 

The Bushkill Creek in Easton may be one of the most underrated streams in Pennsylvania. A limestone creek with good hatches and a healthy population of wild browns as well as state stocked fish. The Little Lehigh, a limestone stream that claims the most fish per mile in Pennsylvania. The best spring fishing for American Shad takes place on the Delaware River as this game fish makes it way from the Atlantic Ocean upstream to spawn. These waterways are a short distance from Easton and Bethlehem.

To fish in PA streams and lakes, you must have a Pennsylvania fishing license and a trout/salmon permit for anglers older than 16 years. One, three and seven day licenses can also be purchased. Opening day fishing starts at 8 am and then is 24 hours per day after the opening day start. The minimum size to keep is seven inches. 

Grab you bait and tackle and plan to overnight at a nearby bed and breakfast. A full hot breakfast will keep you fishing all day long.

PA Inns Nearby

Stay at One of These Great Inns

Lafayette Inn an 1895 Georgian Mansion

The Lafayette Inn

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 1.2mi
Benner Mansion

The Historic Benner Mansion

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 15.3mi
Galvanized America Inn Front View

Galvanized America Inn & Art Gallery, LLC

Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 18.8mi
1740 House Exterior

1740 House

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 21.9mi
Landhaven

Landhaven Bed & Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 26.8mi
Fox and Hound Front

Fox and Hound Bed and Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 27mi
Times House B&B Jim Thorpe getaway

Times House Bed & Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 29.7mi
The Parsonage B&B

The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 29.9mi