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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-19-2020, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Lancaster County loses early trout season start due to COVID-19

https://lancasteronline.com/news/loc...cb5db7dbc.html

Trout-seeking anglers looking to take to Lancaster County waterways for an early start to the 2020 season will have to wait two weeks longer than was originally planned.

That’s the case after state Fish and Boat Commission officials announced that Lancaster County’s planned early start was postponed due the spread of COVID-19, commonly called coronavirus.

“We’re making these adjustments to trout season because we are operating under unprecedented circumstances,” commission spokesman Mike Parker said.

In Lancaster County, trout fishing season was scheduled to begin on April 4, with an earlier mentored youth day on March 28.

Under the postponement, Lancaster’s season won’t begin until April 18, with a mentored youth day on April 11. The same is true in communities throughout the state. Planned early starts in other Pennsylvania counties also have been postponed.

Also, commission officials will now conduct stocking in-house, forgoing traditional events that allow members of the public to participate.

“We need to limit the number of people that interact with our staff, including CDL truck drivers who drive our stocking trucks,” Parker said. “If one of those drivers were to become sick or otherwise quarantined, we would lose the ability to stock fish. . . . Additionally, If you’ve ever been on a trout stocking, you will notice that the majority of our volunteers are older men that would be most at risk for becoming severely sick from this virus.”

According to Parker, commission officials are committed to the new trout season start dates.

Waterway conservation officers will be patrolling and policing the changes, and citations could be filed against uncooperative anglers, Parker said.

“We realize that there will be some confusion, but we are doing our best to make people aware of the changes,” he said.

With that said, Parker made it clear that fishing is still allowed and encouraged.

“Other species, such as bass, catfish, panfish, walleye, and musky are all currently open,” he said.

To promote social distancing, officials also announced that fishing licenses, launch permits and boat registration renewals can now be purchased online at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-20-2020, 03:24 AM
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thanks for the post casey.
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If I got the whole thing in context, there is no early trout opener anywhere in Pa. Thanks for the heads up Casey.

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If I got the whole thing in context, there is no early trout opener anywhere in Pa. Thanks for the heads up Casey.
That’s correct. It’s like the old days; one opener statewide.
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Would figure that fishing would be acceptable since it totally is "social distancing". Anyway, they are not telling us in Wisconsin that we can't fish or hunt turkeys this coming spring(if it ever gets here-still lots of snow on the ground and streams mostly iced up here in the north.

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True at some creeks, But in Pa. they stock a lot of lakes and ponds that's were it gets crowded
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stay at home order

How far can the stay at home order go for Lancaster county? Trout fishing is sure not
on the list of necessary things you can do. What does the Governor has to say about
fishing as a past time ???

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How far can the stay at home order go for Lancaster county? Trout fishing is sure not
on the list of necessary things you can do. What does the Governor has to say about
fishing as a past time ???
Under the stay at home order one exception is the following:


*Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing.


Since fishing is an outdoor activity one must assume that it is allowed as long as social distancing is maintained.
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Looks like i will be fishing here on the opener.

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