Tommy Ladson: How Was Your Trout Season Opener?

A couple of weeks ago, anglers everywhere (myself included) took to the lakes and streams of Pennsylvania for the opening day of trout season. If you have never been in Pennsylvania for the first day of trout season it is a sight to see. On nearly every road located within a mile of fishable water cars and trucks line up on both sides.

I started my day by waking up at 4:30 a.m. I got all my gear ready and went to my grandfather's house since it is an annual tradition. After a donut and milk, we headed to our favorite trout fishing spot. In Pennsylvania, trout season doesn't officially open until 8 a.m., but there are so many people fishing at this particular lake that it is often hard to get a spot, so we like to leave especially early to save ours. We arrived at the lake by 5:30 a.m. and picked out our spot.

After what seemed like an eternity, it was finally 8 a.m. and I already had my pole in the water. Barely 10 seconds had passed and I was already reeling in my first trout of the year, which was a 16-inch brooke trout. I was using green Power Bait and the fish couldn't get enough of it. It seemed like every time I would cast, I would have to quickly set the rod down to reel in another fish on another rod.

The first day of trout season is always my favorite trip of the year. I always catch my limit and it seems like the fish are always biting. After a quick 30 minutes of fishing I had caught my limit of five trout, and it was my personal best outing ever because every fish measured 16 inches or larger.

How about the rest of you? Did you have a successful trout opener this spring?