KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Waterway Conservation Officers call it a semi-holiday in NEPA. Saturday is the opening day of the 2021 trout season.
At 8 a.m. from Harvey’s Creek to Frances Slocum Lake, dozens of fishers lined the banks, excited for the start of the 2021 trout fishing season.
“It’s pretty important. Look, I mean look at the people here so far today. Plus with all this COVID, it’s just nice to get out,” said Wally Button of Tunkhannock.
This year’s season comes two weeks early but people got the heads up on the new opening day. This wasn’t the case last year.
“That really put a damper on the first day last year. But we did that because we wanted to get it out in a day so we didn’t have a lot of people planning to be there, kind of get the crowds down,” said John Cummings, Waterways Conservation Officer, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Fishers tell me it’s tradition to come out and fish on opening day. They say they’ve been doing this since they were kids.
“My life. I do it every year. I’ve been doing it since I was 10. I’m gonna be 65 and I enjoy it. Can’t wait to bring the grandchildren up, and just enjoy fishing,” said Bill Cook of Pittston.
Cook told Eyewitness News about his early days catching trout.
“My brothers and my dad used to take me. It was enjoyable. I just kept with it, kept doing it,” said Cook.
Jim Cason traveled from Stroudsburg to Wyoming to spend the day with his father.
“We come every year on opening day. He’s 82 years old now. It’s a little cold for him now so he went to warm up in the car. But you know we’ve been doing this for a number of years and we look forward to it every year,” said Cason.
The regular trout season continues until Labor Day. The extended season goes into next February.
Waterways Conservation Officers say people must wear a life jacket if on a boat, canoe, or kayak, from November 1 until April 30.