The trout fishing season in Pennsylvania began Saturday morning with large numbers of fishermen in Berks County and elsewhere in the state.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission estimates that between 1 million and 1.5 million people across the state will attend the opening day.

This year, the commission will plant 3.2 million adult trout in 696 streams and 128 lakes. These include about 2.2 million rainbow trout, 686,000 trout heads, 293,000 brook trout heads and 13,000 rainbow trout heads. The average stock of fish is 11 inches in length and 0.58 pounds,

Procurement began in late winter, and about 65% was released before the opening day. The rest will be stored until mid-May.

Fishermen over the age of 16 require both a fishing license and a trout permit. Those under the age of 15 do not require a fishing license.

Jeff Haynes of Reading pulls on the hook his grandson Jace Robinson, 8, of Potstown, during Jace’s first day of fishing on Saturday, the opening day of trout season on Lake Antitum in Lower Alsace. (BIL URICH – READ ALLO)
The adult white eagle is one of the first fishermen on the opening day of the trout season on Lake Antitam. (BIL URICH – READ ALLO)
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