Area Fish and Boat Commission Waterways Conservation Officer Terry Crecraft has issued this statement in anticipation of the April 16 trout season opener: “As in past years, I’d like to remind fishermen about the necessity for the mandatory trout/salmon stamp for trout fishing. This year the trout stocked locally were received from the Corry hatchery. They are in great shape and are expected to adapt quickly to county streams. Fishermen using private lands are reminded to use caution and discretion in parking their vehicles and not to litter, destroy fences or cause any unnecessary problems with the landowner. Opening hour is 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. Any activity in or along the waters before that time is prohibited. Also, anglers planning on fishing Lake Erie or its tributaries must have a Lake Erie Permit. It is now available as a combination Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie Permit, which is a little cheaper than buying the two permits separately.”
Cochranton-area resident Crooks is a longtime outdoors writer.