CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Dust off your fishing gear and grab some bait — Saturday is the first day of trout season in Franklin County beginning at 8 a.m.
Along with Franklin County, Saturday also will be opening day of the trout-fishing season in 17 other Pennsylvania jurisdictions, including neighboring Adams, Cumberland, Juniata and Perry counties.
April 14 is opening day for the rest of the state. Trout fishing season ends on Labor Day.
The two-week early start to trout season in the 18 counties has a lot to do with water temperature, said state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York.
Alloway, chairman of the Pennsylvania Game and Fisheries Committee, said the water in those counties tends to be a little warmer than the water in the rest of the state.
An avid fisherman, Alloway is eager to grab his fishing pole and reel in his first trout.
“It’s a family bonding time, and it’s also to enjoy the outdoors and nature,” Alloway said.