Friday, April 3, 2020

WuFlu Kills Pennsylvania Trout Opener

Regardless of anything appearing in the 2020 Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws, the annual booklet of fishing laws given to each angler purchasing a fishing license, there is no opening day of trout fishing season on Saturday, April 4.

The regional opening day, which previously was scheduled for Saturday in 18 southeastern counties, has been consolidated with the statewide opening day on Saturday, April 18, as part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The commission also consolidated the regional Mentored Youth Trout Day with the statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day on Saturday, April 11. In the summary booklet, which was printed months ago, before concerns about coronavirus had surfaced, the regional Mentored Youth Trout Day has been scheduled for Saturday, March 28.

The separate, earlier regional mentored youth and opening days will no longer occur in the 18 southeastern counties of Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.

The changes, made by the commission under direction provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, are intended to reduce large gatherings of people and the number of anglers traveling into the regional area (18 southeastern counties).
Just another closing among many to come.

The Wombat has Rule Five Monday: Honor Blackman, RIP up on time at The Other McCain.

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