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Saturday starts Pennsylvania trout season

Penn State student Brett Moffitt pulls on his waders to head into the water at Spring Creek Canyon to fly fish on Wednesday. Moffitt said he was excited for the first day of trout fighting on Saturday and would go out bright and early before enjoying the Penn State Blue-White weekend.
Penn State student Brett Moffitt pulls on his waders to head into the water at Spring Creek Canyon to fly fish on Wednesday. Moffitt said he was excited for the first day of trout fighting on Saturday and would go out bright and early before enjoying the Penn State Blue-White weekend. adrey@centredaily.com

It looks like a bad weekend to be a trout.

“It’s busy. A good busy,” said Jonas Price, of The Feathered Hook in Coburn.

All over Centre County, eager anglers are coming into shops like Price’s looking to cast their first lines of the year when trout season starts Saturday.

According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, it’s actually the second opening day of the year. In the southeastern counties, trout season opened April 2.

But for the rest of the commonwealth, the chance to bag a rainbow or a brook or a brown trout comes at 8 a.m. and continues 24 hours a day through Labor Day.

Price thinks the normal fishing season frenzy will be even more exciting in 2016 thanks to Mother Nature. He credits more than just warm spring weather instead of cold and drizzly April opening forecasts.

“The water is very low and clear,” he said, predicting a weekend of lots of catches.

Fishing enthusiasts like Brett Moffitt have already gotten their feet, and waders, wet with catch-and-release casting, which goes year-round. Moffitt is still excited about the first day though. He’s not alone.

“Trout fishing in Pennsylvania is just a wonderful tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation,” Price said.

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