Trout stocking begins in Franklin County THIS MONTH! Full Schedule below!

01 February 2024- Beginning today, anglers looking forward to Pennsylvania’s popular spring trout season have another tool at their fingertips, as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to make its 2024 adult trout stocking schedule available using the FishBoatPA mobile app and website (Fishandboat.com).

“Even though the calendar says it’s still winter, spring will be here before we know it,” said Brian Niewinski, Director of the PFBC’s Bureau of Hatcheries.  “For many people, fishing on the Opening Day of Trout Season in Pennsylvania and the weeks that follow is a tradition that they look forward to all year long.  Now that the anxiously awaited trout stocking schedule has been posted, anglers can start preparing by purchasing their fishing licenses, getting their gear ready, and planning their fishing trips.”

To prepare for the start of the season, stocking operations are set to begin the week of February 19.  Anglers should note that fishing is not permitted on lakes and streams designated as Stocked Trout Waters from February 19 to 8 a.m. on the opening day of trout season, with the exception of the Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day, unless waters are included in the Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing program.

3.2 Million Trout

In 2024, the PFBC will stock approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 697 streams and 129 lakes open to public angling.  These figures, which are consistent with the number of trout stocked over the past decade, include approximately 2.4 million Rainbow Trout; 702,000 Brown Trout; and 132,000 Brook Trout.  As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length with an average weight of .58 pounds.

In 2024, anglers will have an excellent chance to catch large, trophy-sized trout.  This year, the PFBC will stock approximately 70,000 brood fish, which are 2 ½ year-old and 3 ½ year-old hatchery-raised Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Brook Trout measuring 14-20 inches.  Roughly 70% of these large fish will be stocked into streams and lakes during the preseason prior to opening day of trout season, and 30% will be stocked during in-season replenishment stockings.

In 2024, the PFBC will stock approximately 14,000 golden Rainbow Trout.  In addition to being stocked during the preseason period before opening day, these highly prized fish featuring vibrant golden-orange pigmentation and weighing an average of 1.5 pounds will be stocked during in-season replenishment stockings.  Approximately 75% of golden Rainbow Trout will be stocked during the preseason, and approximately 25% will be stocked in-season.

In addition to trout raised at state fish hatcheries, PFBC cooperative nurseries operated by sportsmen’s clubs and other groups across the state will add another one million trout to waters open to public angling throughout the year.

Franklin County stockings for month of February:

  • East Branch of Antietam Creek on February 20th
    • Meeting Place: Renfrew Park, Waynesboro
    • Time: 10am
    • Hatchery: Huntsdale
    • Regulation: Catch and Release fly fishing only
    • Species: brown, rainbow, golden trout
  • Conodoguinet Creek on February 22nd
    • Meeting Place: Lions Club parking lot, Roxbury
    • Time: 10am
    • Hatchery: Huntsdale
    • Regulation: Stocked trout water
    • Species: rainbow trout
  • Rowe Run on February 22nd
    • Meeting Place: Lions Club parking lot, Roxbury
    • Time: 10am
    • Hatchery: Huntsdale
    • Regulation: stocked trout water
    • Species: brown, rainbow trout
  • Letterkenny Reservoir on February 23rd
    • Meeting place: Letterkenny Reservoir
    • Time: 10am
    • Hatchery: Huntsdale
    • Regulation: stocked trout waters
    • Species: brook, rainbow trout
  • Falling Spring Brach on February 27th
    • Meeting Place: Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club parking lot on Franklin Farm Lane
    • Time: 12:30pm
    • Hatchery: Pleasant Gap
    • Regulation: delayed harvest artificial lures only
    • Species: brown trout
  • Falling Spring Brach on February 27th
    • Meeting Place: Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club parking lot on Franklin Farm Lane
    • Time: 12:30pm
    • Hatchery: Pleasant Gap
    • Regulation: stocked trout water
    • Species: brown, rainbow trout

The full list of upcoming stockings for the county can be found here.