The 2021 Pennsylvania trout season officially kicks off this Saturday, April 3! With stocked waters all over our region and precautions in place to protect anglers and boaters, you'll want to start planning your fishing getaway right away.

It’s been said that an angler can visit the Pocono Mountains for an entire month and never fish the same water twice. The region boasts 150 lakes, 170 miles of rivers, and the largest number of high-quality and exceptional-value streams in the Commonwealth.

Read on for tips and information about fishing in the Pocono Mountains. Don't forget to call ahead to your destination to confirm your trip details.

Fishing Tips

  • The PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) celebrates a single statewide opening day of trout season on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
  • Anglers and boaters must wear a mask, practice social distancing and abide by Pennsylvania guidelines related to COVID-19.
  • The PFBC will trout stock throughout the season on an efficient schedule.
  • PA fishing licenses, launch permits and boat registration renewals can be purchased online from the PFBC official website. Customers will receive validation decals and registration cards in the mail from the PFBC. Please allow several weeks for delivery.
  • Anglers and boaters can also display their fishing license, launch permit or boat registration digitally on a phone or other mobile device as proof of possession.


About Trout

  • Pocono waters are stocked with brown, rainbow and brook trout.
  • Colorful brown and brook trout are native to many of the region’s rated streams.
  • The average size of a stocked trout is 9-11 inches.
  • Native trout are slightly smaller at 6-8 inches.
  • In PA, trout must be at least 7 inches long to keep.
  • The state record for brown trout is 32.25 inches (19 lb., 10 oz.).
  • The inland daily limit on trout is five fish (combined species) in season


Stocking Up

  • The Pocono Mountains encompasses 122 miles of stocked river and 11,285 acres of stocked lakes.
  • Early in the season, your best bets for bait are mealworms, earthworms and salmon eggs.
  • Bring along extra hooks and sinkers, as well as a set of nail clippers to handle line tangles.


Gearing Up

  • A valid PA fishing license (with trout/salmon permit if fishing for trout) is required for anglers 16 and older.
  • Numerous options, including one, three and seven-day tourist permits, are available for visitors.
  • You can purchase a PA fishing license online.
  • Licenses are not required on PA "Fish for Free" Days. 2021 dates are Sunday, May 30 and Sunday, July 4.
  • Fishing licenses are not required at pay lakes in the Pocono Mountains.
  • If fishing in a low stream, look for structures in the water. Downed trees and pools around rocks make good hiding spots for trout.
  • In medium running streams, seek out rainbow and brown trout in ripples. They'll be nearby waiting for food to float by.
  • Fish can see your shadow so go easy on the approach, especially if it’s a sunny day.
  • Be patient! You’ll reel one in eventually. Take your time and enjoy the experience of trout fishing in the Pocono Mountains.
  • For a seamless experience, book a fishing excursion with an experienced guide.



Check out the additional resources linked below and start planning your fishing getaway! Don't forget to call ahead to your destination, as properties can best assist about what services they are currently offering.

Fishing in the Pocono Mountains
PA Fish and Boat Commission
National, State and Local Parks