Response to our coronavirus quarantine-sparked photo and poetry contests -- developed to encourage families to go outside and reconnect with nature while practicing safe social distancing -- has been extremely positive.
With the extended stay-at-home order and the unexpected early start of trout season, people have been asking for more time to submit their images. Our new deadline for submissions is April 30, with prize-winners to be named by May 8. Get all the details here.
Effective 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), in consultation with the Office of the Governor, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) opened the statewide 2020 trout season.
This measure allows properly licensed anglers and youth to begin fishing for and harvesting trout. All regulations, sizes, and creel limits apply.
Using just a cardboard egg carton, water, food coloring and some common household black pepper, we can study how pollution can affect an entire watershed -- even if it is only introduced in one remote spot of the region.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide stay-at-home proclamation on Wednesday cast more questions on an already uncertain start to Pennsylvania’s 2020 trout season.
However, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat spokesperson Mike Parker shared some clarity during a phone interview a day after Wolf’s edict.
With the state’s 2020 trout opener still slated for April 18 – for now – Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission spokesperson Mike Parker admits there will be changes to how we fish, but it can still be an enjoyable distraction to the coronavirus concerns, as long as proper precautions are maintained.
“We all know things are a little different right now, but there is no reason why we can not adapt to make opening day a success under these unprecedented circumstances,” he said.