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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-04-2018, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Just a heads up...

For anyone who looks at such things, the stocking schedule has been on the PFBC website since Wednesday. I usually go to camp for a few of the preseason stockings just to help out so reading this passes some downtime at work.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-05-2018, 12:42 PM
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Boy, so few May stockings out here in the east. Kind of a bummer to see all the in-season stockings so close to opening day. Obviously that's the point but fishing for carryover trout from the early season is some of my favorite trout fishing I do every year. I'm sure I'll make due and figure it out but it's less and less and less every year it seems. Kinda sad.
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Darn now you got me looking at the schedule. I have only fished locally twice since I moved up here so I am still in a big learning phase. I am going to have to map out some destinations for this year.

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Boy, so few May stockings out here in the east. Kind of a bummer to see all the in-season stockings so close to opening day. Obviously that's the point but fishing for carryover trout from the early season is some of my favorite trout fishing I do every year. I'm sure I'll make due and figure it out but it's less and less and less every year it seems. Kinda sad.
Real sad ,we use to go up to NC pa every yr at my buddys camp for 4 days toward end of May but haven"nt since the reduction and closing of hatcheries. Was a good time for sure, I fish Maryland in May now.
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Boy, so few May stockings out here in the east. .

When I was growing up, there were a number of streams up around my camp that got stocked clear into June each year. And a couple of those streams had three or even four in-season stockings. After Memorial Day weekend the fishing pressure dropped way off. Boy I sure do miss that. But I'm afraid that trout stocking will continue to move away from those days instead of back toward them...
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Ya Kudu, that's what I was referring too. Those really late stocking when the pressure had died off and the trout have a shot to acclimate and provide really fun trout opportunities the remainder of the summer. Jones Mill Run in Somerset County was a good example. It always had like a June 3rd stocking and those fish would get picked off very slowly all summer long. It was a lot of fun.
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Even though I fish mostly for wild trout, I used to fish a lot of stocked streams. I was never a fan of the early season, with the crowds along the streams and the lack of courtesy from some of the anglers. I always looked forward to May and June when the angling pressure declined, especially after Memorial Day. I felt then and still feel now that the trout stocked inseason, especially later in May and early June have a much better chance of holding over.
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Times are a changing thats for sure. Few streams I fish were always stocked mid to late may, Now there are two weeks after the opener. They were good holdover streams fun to chase trout in come september october. Luckily im blessed to be in a area with excellent wild trout populations which id rather fish anyways, But still do enjoy resting them and chasing some stockies. Sadly I dont think it will ever be like it was when we were younger.
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The one I miss the most is Wolf Run in Elk County. I grew up fishing that stream and basically learned how to trout fish there. They always stocked browns and they would get really finicky and spooky in the low clear water. If you could catch those browns in that water, then you could just plain catch trout. It used to get three in season stockings and you could find fish all summer. Now it gets one stocking and they don't stock anywhere near the length of stream that they used to. I hate them posting the exact day and time of the stockings too. What a zoo and what a joke. I used to help stock ALOT but anymore the only time I go is for the preseason stockings. I just get disgusted with the way people act on those in season ones. Now I avoid the in season stockings like the plague and just go elsewhere.
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Ya Kudu, that's what I was referring too. Those really late stocking when the pressure had died off and the trout have a shot to acclimate and provide really fun trout opportunities the remainder of the summer. Jones Mill Run in Somerset County was a good example. It always had like a June 3rd stocking and those fish would get picked off very slowly all summer long. It was a lot of fun.
Jones Mill Run supports wild trout. They are fun to fish for.

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