Last updated: 4/11/17 -- It’s been said that an angler can visit the Pocono Mountains for an entire month and never fish the same water twice. In the Pocono Mountains, trout season begins April 15, 2017.
The region boasts 150 lakes, 170 miles of rivers, and the largest number of high-quality and exceptional valued streams in the commonwealth.
- Brown, rainbow and brook trout are stocked in Pocono waters
- 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”
- Native trout are slightly smaller at 6-8”
- In PA, trout must be at least 7" long to keep
- The state record for brown trout is 32.25" (19 lb., 10 oz.)
- The inland daily limit on trout is five fish (combined species) in season
- The Pocono Mountains encompasses 122 miles of stocked river and 11,285 acres of stocked lakes
- 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 or at a sporting goods store
- Licenses must be displayed on an outer garment
- Licenses are not required on PA "Fish for Free" Days. 2017 dates are May 28 and July 4
- Fishing equipment is available for rent through the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center's Fishing Tackle Loaner Program
- Fishing licenses are not required at pay lakes in the Pocono Mountains
Trout Fishing Tips from a Pocono Pro
Mike Possinger, Manager of Manor Sports at Pocono Manor
- Go easy on the approach, especially if it’s a sunny day. Fish can see your shadow!
- 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 there waiting for food to float by.
- Try fly fishing in the evening hours. Bugs begin to hatch an hour or two before dark.
- Early in the season, mealworms, earthworms and salmon eggs are your best bets for bait.
- Bring along extra hooks and sinkers, and a set of nail clippers to tackle line tangles.
- Fishing in a tight space? Opt for a rod with a spincasting reel. Save your fly rod for wider waters like the Brodhead or McMichael Creek.
- Be patient! You’ll reel one in eventually. Take your time and enjoy the experience of trout fishing in the Pocono Mountains.
Photo Credit: Alex Zidock
Special thanks to Mike Possinger of Manor Sports at Pocono Manor, who contributed tips and figures for this post.