Starting sometime in late May you can fish stocked waters without a trout stamp, as those same waters can also be good for other fish species. If you do catch a trout, it must be released, unharmed. Without a trout stamp, you are not allowed to fish Class A waters.
Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.
It is March 1st through May 31st that you need to have a trout stamp to fish stocked trout waters. Out side of that time frame, you must just immediately release any caught trout back into the water.
I'm wayyyyyy more of a Trout fisherman than any other type, but, I don't agree with that regarding a "river". There should be some exceptions made in regards to big water bodies. One particular here in the SW, is the Yough. The Yough, especially lower Yough, can be fantastic for Smallies and Walleye/Sauger in the month of May. Those that like to target them, should be allowed to target them at that time. If they catch a Trout, release it. If they have a Trout in their possession, and no stamp, fine them. How hard is that ?
Is the Yough stocked with trout? This ruling for trout stamps only pertains to FBC stocked trout waters.
Yes, the Yough is stocked with trout, both adult trout and fingerlings. It is stocked by the PAF&BC and local coops and sports groups. Between Confluence and Ohiopyle, the Yough is under special regulations and you must have a trout stamp to fish that area. If you are in the other sections of the Yough, you need to have a trout stamp in order to harvest any trout.