Wildwood Outfitters Blog and Fishing Report
The trout fishing has been great early in this 2019 season!
But wait, I thought opening day of trout season wasn't until April!? The truth is, there are plenty of trout fishing opportunities throughout the state year-round. Local waters in our area are fishing great and we expect that trend to continue as winter turns to spring.
On most freestone stream in western PA, this is a sparse time of year in terms of bug hatches. Sticking to attractor patterns and midges is a good recipe for success. Recent trips have had plenty of luck using a jigged hook prince, squirmy worm in pink and white, and juju baetis in a variety of colors. The fish have been holding in a variety of water types. Particularly cold days have forced the fish down into the deepest pools and tailouts while even the slightest uptick in temperature resulted in more active trout feeding in riffles and runs.
When the fish are deep, add some extra depth to nymph rigs and be sure the flies are bouncing off the bottom. Sometimes it's necessary to quite literally drift the flies right in front of a trout's nose! On those more active days, it's possible to allow the nymphs to "play" more throughout different water columns as the fish will be more apt to move outside of their zone to pursue our imitations.
Be careful where you're fishing, though. Starting March 1 the only waters legally open for trout are Class A wild trout waters and delayed harvest sections of streams. Unless other special regulations apply, approved stocked trout waters are closed to fishing March 1 and reopen on opening day! Also be sure to purchase your 2019 fishing license before venturing out. It can be purchased from the PA Fish & Boat Commission here.