Anglers Eager for Trout Season

CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Anglers throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania are getting ready for the opening day of trout season in the northern part of the state.

People in the Poconos cannot wait to cast their lines and finally get on the water this Saturday.

Some people we spoke to also can't wait for the warm weather that is expected to come along with it.

Fishing lines, lures, and more are stocked and ready at Dunkelberger's near Brodheadsville for the beginning of trout season.

Opening day in this part of the state is Saturday and some people cannot wait to cast off.

"I just like getting out fishing altogether, doesn't matter if it's trout, bass. doesn't matter to me," Frank Hofferica said.

Workers at the sporting goods store in Chestnuthill Township say the warm, then cold, then colder weather so far this year, has really taken a toll on people, leaving many itching to get outside in some warmer weather.

"Everyone has been so cooped up. It's been such a horrible winter. everyone is biting at the bit to get fishing, everyone," William Bassano said.

If you're in the market for a state fishing license with a trout stamp, it will run you a little more than $30 bucks.

While a lot of people buy their fishing license online, some people who came into Dunkelberger's say there is nothing like coming into the store, buying a license and a few extra supplies before opening day.

"We sell rods, reels, lures. You name it and we have it and every bait you can think of," Bassano added.

Frank Hofferica from Chestnuthill Township came in to get a fishing license and a few supplies.

"I strictly buy lures but I cannot give you my secret lure because then everyone will have it."

Trout season in the northern part of the state officially begins on Saturday at 8 a.m.


  • Am Light

    It’s morbidly fascinating to see how visiting anglers and seasonal residents treat the locals. The absence of propriety never ceases to amaze me but more to the point is how the non-locals actually interact with local residents and landowners as if they had no more intellect than a potato. Just because we live out here in a rural setting doesn’t mean that we are stupid. We are some of the sharpest tacks on the board because most of us not only know how to survive this environment, but we actually have academic degrees and technical certification.

    Leave off with your attitudes when you come to the country and accept the fact that you all don’t know as much as you think you do. It’s easy to pick you all out with the Cabella outfitting and out of state tags, but more easy to identify is the rude and demeaning manner in which we locals are treated.

  • Rusty Knyffe

    For the anglers visiting the remote areas along major creeks and streams, mind your manners and understand that you are not permitted access to anywhere along these waterways that you wish to go. Each year, I have to actually leave my house, go outside, and insist that trespassers leave my posted property. In each and every case, not one “sportsman” has had the good manners to apologize and not one of these fellows has ever knocked on my door to ask my permission to fish from my creek bank.

    Folks, I realize that “out yonder” makes people believe that they’re the only ones on the planet, and they bring their home training (and, dreadful lack OF it) with them to these rural places. But, some of these folks might not be as reasonable as I am and you people are to blame for any consequences that you experience.

    Remember that these places typically are owned by someone. Don’t just assume that you’re welcome and permitted to trample all over the place. Take your trash, beer cans, soda bottles, fast food wrappers, and waste OUT with you when you leave. Ask permission, FIRST, and do not take offense if you’re denied access – it’s not your property. If you want creekside access, buy a cabin of your own.

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