Trout Fishing in Cumberland County

Joanne Kenney Hawver on March 26, 2018

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Even though there was snow on the ground and the wind was blowing, Children’s Pond in Boiling Springs was crowded with “young” fisherman.  Saturday was the annual Youth Mentored Fishing Day sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.  Children are allowed to fish legally with a free permit in hopes that the experience will excite a life-long interest in the sport.  The Commission generously stocks the pond to make it a great day for all.

This event is the pre-cursor to the opening day of Trout fishing season in the Cumberland Valley.  This year, opening day begins at sunrise on Saturday, March 31.  The night before, camps are set up, food trucks are in place and stories are shared of glory days of past.  Then come sunrise, everyone is in their favorite spot ready to cast the line.

I am not a fisherman, even though I did take the fly-fishing course at LL Bean years ago.  Billy is a bass fisherman.  So we won’t be up at the crack of dawn and on the water. (Unless of course, we are preparing breakfast for our guests).

What I enjoy about Saturday is driving around to the favorite spots and “observing”.  The world famous Yellow Breeches Creek and LeTort Spring Run are nearby.   The Conodoguniet is north of us, and Fuller and Laurel lakes in Pine Grove Forest are south.  Each of these fishing spots are so crowded, I wonder how lines don’t get tangled and tempers don’t flare.  Yet, everyone seems to be enjoying the day.  I believe for many people it is a tradition.  It is a time to get together and enjoy being outdoors with family and friends. Some families have been getting together for years!!

Fishing goes on all spring, summer and into the fall, but there is nothing like opening day.

Our bed and breakfast is close to all the best fishing around.  Why not get an early start on the season.  Make your reservation now.