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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-17-2019, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Class A trout waters... when the heck are they open?

So I was under the impression that Class A wild trout waters, assuming that they are not stocked by the state, are open to year-round fishing, but reading through this year's digest it was extremely difficult to tell whether or not this is still the case. It's possible I overlooked something; input?

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You may fish Class A waters that are not stocked year-round.
https://pfbc.pa.gov/fishpub/summaryad/inland.html
Read at the very bottom.
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I think you're right. However, I agree with you, this State seems to have some of the most confusing and complex regulations when it comes to fishing.
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I swear I read the PDF version of the book about 10 times and never saw that excerpt. Thanks!

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Yes, you can fish them year round. Between the day after Labor Day to the next Opening Day, all trout on class A streams must be released.

I’m not sure why they can’t explain regulations more thoroughly, but maybe it’s too much to expect a government agency to be clear about anything.
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The confusing thing is the book lists them as being closed Feb. 28th. I think that's for the ones that are also stocked, but once again it's NOT clear.
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Yeah that last one is kinda what got me too... the latest book seems to suggest that ALL class A waters are now closed between the 28th and opening day, and I couldn't seem to find the small section that said non-stocked class A waters could be fished all year. Ugh such a pain!

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Yes, you can fish them year round. Between the day after Labor Day to the next Opening Day, all trout on class A streams must be released.

Iím not sure why they canít explain regulations more thoroughly, but maybe itís too much to expect a government agency to be clear about anything.
Especially now that your paying $3 for it
Not sure how the other states are but the Pa. game digest can be as equally confusing.
Maybe that's their intent, more mistakes made equals more fines paid.

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The way I always thought it worked was that Class A are open are year around as long as they’re not stocked. If stocked, they’re closed for a few weeks leading up to the opening day after stocking.
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The way I always thought it worked was that Class A are open are year around as long as they’re not stocked. If stocked, they’re closed for a few weeks leading up to the opening day after stocking.
Class A streams as long as they are not stocked or listed as approved trout waters, are open to fishing year round.
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