Taking advantage of North Park Lake's new Approved Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing regulations, Phil Barker of Spring Garden caught and released his first trout on a crawler March 23. The regs permit catch-and-release trout fishing through 8 a.m. April 13 (inland size and creel limits apply April 13-Sept. 2).
Trout Photo Contest
The Post-Gazette's annual Trout Photo Contest launches today with a new self-publishing feature that enables successful anglers to post their photos at post-gazette.com, and view and rate the photos of other readers.
To enter through May 19, visit www.post-gazette.com/troutcontest. Open "Submit a Photo" and follow the prompts including details of the catch. Winning photos in the categories Big Fish, Kidstuff and Artsy Shots, plus interviews with the winners, will be published on the May 26 Sunday outdoors page and outdoors webpage.
Trout stocking schedules
Southwestern Pennsylvania schedules are published by county Tuesday-Friday through April 5 in Sports, and posted at post-gazette.com/sports/outdoors.
Weekly fishing outlook Fridays in Sports, always at post-gazette.com/sports/outdoors.