Preparing for the First Day of Fishing Season
Saturday, April 12th is the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in Pennsylvania. And, as usual, the first cast time is 8:00 AM.
A resident license this year costs $22.70 for those aged 16 to 64 and the “trout permit” goes for $9.70. If you’re 65 or older, it will cost $11.70 or for a lifetime senior resident, $51.70. To renew a senior license each year you simply go to a store where they sell fishing licenses and they will issue you a new one for the current year at no additional cost. Three and five year licenses are also available. You can assess details at: http://www.fish.state.pa.us/fishpub/summary/licenses.html/
It’s a bit early to be thinking about the start of the 2014 season but I decided not to put it off until the last minute as I usually do. Certainly one advantage of getting ready early is that you have an excellent chance to find the lures in stock you may want to use. This year I’ll be picking up a few old favorite trout lures and a few new ones. I like the Roostertail, Size 2 Gold Blue Fox, Gold Kastmaster, Mepps Little Wolf, and the Panther Martin in black and gold as well as other colors. And for live bait: minnows and worms of various types work well. Butterworms are very good too but expensive and not available everywhere. And should I mention corn?? Just be sure it’s not Creamed-Style!
I also promise to oil my reels. It’s important not to lubricate with WD-40 or mineral oils. It’s best to use an oil especially designed for fishing reels or 3-In-One you may already have around the house. I also have to replace my line this year, buy fresh hooks, swivels, split-shot sinkers, and check the condition of my boots. If not properly hung, they can crack and split during the off-season. And of course I’ll slide a Stick-in-the-Mud® through my belt. It’s a pretty handy tool to use with your stringer when fishing from the shore!