Hunting and Fishing

Governor Corbett Commits $2 million to Restore Glade Run Lake

April 23, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett today joined state and local officials to announce that he has committed $2 million in capital budget funds toward the restoration of Glade Run Lake in Valencia, PA.

Quarterly Meeting Scheduled for May 5-6

April 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold its quarterly business meeting on May 5-6 at the PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Office, 126 PPL Drive, Hawley, Pennsylvania, 18428.

2014 Family Fishing Festivals Set for May and June

April 17, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills and enjoy fishing.

Family Fishing Trout Program Scheduled at Fuller Lake

April 17, 2014

Join the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) on Tuesday, May 6, at Fuller Lake, Cumberland County, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for a trout fishing program geared for families who want to learn fishing skills and enjoy fishing.

PFBC Sets 2014 Daily Creel Limits for Lake Erie Yellow Perch and Walleye

April 4, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced that the 2014 creel limit for Lake Erie yellow perch will remain at 30 per day and the creel limit for walleye will stay at six per day.

PFBC Announces Invitation to Apply for State Wildlife Grant Funding

April 4, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced an invitation for project applications to the State Wildlife Grant Program.

April 12 Marks Statewide Opening Day of Trout Season

April 3, 2014

Anglers from across the state are gearing up to fish their favorite spots at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, which marks the traditional statewide opening day of trout season.

Businesses Offering Free Youth Fishing Licenses in Advance of Mentored Youth Fishing Day

April 1, 2014

Two outdoor recreation businesses like the idea of a voluntary youth fishing license enough that they are offering free licenses to kids ages 15 and younger as a way to encourage and develop interest in the sport.

Biologist Report - Southwest PA Trout Surveys

March 25, 2014

Highlights of some of the trout backpack electrofishing surveys conducted over the last few years conducted in SW Pa.

PA Fish and Boat Commission Plans Linesville Open House

March 25, 2014

Even though it still feels like winter, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold their annual spring Open House at the Linesville State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Erie Science Consortium Seeks Public Support for Buoy System

March 20, 2014

The Erie-based Regional Science Consortium is seeking public support of a grant application it submitted to the Boat U.S. Foundation to help educate the public about a new buoy system which will be placed in the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie in May.

Legislative Study Shows PFBC Tops Among Resource Agencies in Cost Effectiveness

March 20, 2014

A study issued today by the bipartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) concluded that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is among the most efficiently run state agencies when compared to other fish and wildlife agencies across the country.

Executive Director to Provide Keynote Address at Annual Meeting of PA Academy of Science

March 20, 2014

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway will be the keynote dinner speaker at the 90th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science on Saturday, March 22, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.

March 29 Marks Opening Day of Trout in 18 Southeastern Counties - PFBC Kicks Off Thank You Campaign

March 19, 2014

After an unusually cold and snowy winter, anglers are more excited than ever to get outside for the March 29 opening day of trout, which marks the unofficial start of the 2014 fishing season.

PFBC Reschedules Mentored Youth Fishing Days to May 10

March 19, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it has rescheduled its two Mentored Youth Fishing Days into one statewide date on May 10 because most of the waters where the events will be held remain covered in ice and are not expected to completely thaw in time.

Ned Smith and PA Fish and Boat Commission Team Up to Present Exhibition

March 12, 2014

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is proud to join forces with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to present, Reflections: The Art of Tom Duran, Jr., a retrospective exhibit of Tom Durans work with the Commission.

Mentored Youth Fishing Days Fast Approaching

March 12, 2014

After a highly successful first run last year, the PFBCs popular Mentored Youth Fishing Days program returns this spring to kick off the 2014 fishing season.

Annual Fishing License Buttons Available March 12

March 6, 2014

As announced in January, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reintroducing the availability of a Pennsylvania fishing license button.

Gear Up for Mentored Youth Fishing Days

February 27, 2014

The 2014 Mentored Youth Fishing Days are approaching, so youth anglers and their mentors are gearing up to fish on 41 waters across the state.

Executive Director Arway to Present Annual Report to House Game and Fisheries Committee

February 18, 2014

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway will present the agency annual report to the House Game and Fisheries Committee on Wednesday, February 19.

PFBC to Close Lake Nessmuk, Conduct Fish Salvage

February 12, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that Lake Nessmuk, Tioga County, will be closed to the public beginning Feb. 18 as the PFBC prepares to conduct a fish salvage and begin construction to rebuild the lakes dam and spillway.

Boating Advisory Board to Meet February 13

February 11, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Boating Advisory Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.

2014 Adult Trout Stocking Schedules Now Available

January 31, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that the 2014 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online at www.fishandboat.com.

Biologist Report - Allegheny River Walleye

January 27, 2014

Fall 2008-2013 Night Boat Electrofishing Surveys

Anglers Encouraged to Vote for Color of New Fishing License Button

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Anglers Encouraged to Vote for Color of New Fishing License Button

January 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is encouraging anglers to vote online for their favorite color for a new series of fishing license buttons, which will be available beginning in March.

Commissioners Approve Voluntary Youth License

January 23, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) voted at its quarterly meeting today to create a voluntary 1 dollar youth fishing license and to dedicate the revenue generated from it to programs to increase youth fishing participation.

Fish and Boat, Game Commissions Secure Long-Term Preservation of Armstrong County Island

January 21, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) announced today that they have completed a land-transfer agreement with Hanson Aggregates BMC, Inc. which secures the long-term preservation of Cogley Island, a 10-acre property in the Allegheny River in Armstrong County.

Executive Director to Appear on WITF Panel to Discuss Susquehanna River

January 15, 2014

Anglers, boaters and others interested in the future of the Susquehanna River are encouraged to join Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway in a community discussion on Monday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Quarterly Meeting Scheduled for January 22-23

January 14, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold its quarterly business meeting on January 22-23 at its Harrisburg headquarters, located at 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA.

Biologist Report - Hickory Run, 2013 Wild Brook and Brown Trout Surveys in Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County

January 8, 2014

Fisheries Management Area 5 (Bushkill) biologists conducted surveys in the Class B Brook Trout reach (Section 04) on September 4 and 5 and the Class A Brown Trout reach (Section 05) on August 26 and 27 to quantify wild trout abundance concurrent with a survey on nearby Black Creek.

Biologist Report - Conestoga River and Cocalico Creek, Lancaster Co., and Crum Creek, Delaware Co. - 2012 and 2013 Warmwater Stream Survey

December 19, 2013

In November, 2012 and October/November, 2013 Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Area 6 personnel sampled Crum Creek), Delaware County (2012), Conestoga River, Lancaster County, and Cocalico Creek, a tributary to the Conestoga, Lancaster County (2013).

Waters Announced for 2014 Mentored Youth Fishing Days

December 19, 2013

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today unveiled the waters which will be included in the 2014 statewide expansion of the popular Mentored Youth Fishing Day program.

Governors Drug Take-Back Initiative will Protect Fish

December 17, 2013

An initiative by Gov. Tom Corbett to safely dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medicine also will improve the health of fish, says the executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

Biologist Report - Lake Canadohta, Crawford County - Spring 2013 Trap Net and Night Boat Electrofishing Surveys

December 9, 2013

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) conducted a Muskellunge survey at Lake Canadohta during the weeks of April 22nd and May 21st, 2013.

Biologist Report - TIONESTA LAKE, Forest County - Spring 2013 Trap Net and Night Boat Electrofishing Surveys

December 5, 2013

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) conducted a Muskellunge survey and gamefish population survey at Tionesta Lake during the weeks of April 29th and May 16th, 2013.

Holidays Mark Beginning of New Fishing Season

November 27, 2013

The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching and that means it is time for anglers to get a jump on the 2014 fishing season. Anglers can purchase a 2014 license beginning December 1, which gives them a bonus month for free.

Tests Find Asian Carp eDNA in PA, WV Sections of Ohio River

November 20, 2013

State officials from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) have confirmed that environmental DNA (eDNA) from the invasive Asian silver carp has been found in two water samples collected from the Ohio River.

Biologist Report - Black Creek, Carbon County - 2013 Class A Brown Trout survey

November 19, 2013

Fisheries Management Area 5 (Bushkill) biologists conducted a stream survey on August 26 and 27, 2013, to address angler reports of an apparent decline in the streams Class A wild Brown Trout population.

Clearfield and Elk County Streams to See Increased Stocking after Water Quality Improves

November 15, 2013

The health of three streams in northcentral Pennsylvania has improved to the point that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will increase stocking of adult trout in two of them and has upgraded a third to Class A Wild Trout status.

Biologist Report - Adult Black Bass - Susquehanna River

November 12, 2013

During September 16 - 19, 2013 Fisheries Management Area 7 biologists conducted nighttime electrofishing surveys targeting adult Smallmouth Bass at four historic sampling sites located within the middle portion of the Susquehanna River between the inflatable dam near Sunbury and the York Haven Dam.

Bill That Would Weaken Endangered Species Protection in PA Topic of Nov. 7 Press Conference

November 12, 2013

The top officials of the Pennsylvania Game and Fish and Boat commissions will join state Rep. Greg Vitali, Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, to discuss their opposition to H.B. 1576 during a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Capitol Media Center.

Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement Starts November 1

October 31, 2013

When sunny days and fall foliage tempt the boater in you, do not forget about your life jacket, especially if you are planning to use a canoe, kayak or similar small boat.

PA Fish and Boat Commission announces opening of Walnut Creek Marina for Fishing

October 25, 2013

The PFBC reports that the Walnut Creek Marina basin will be open for fishing at noon on November 7, 2013.

Biologist Report - Lake Marburg, York County - 2013 Channel Catfish

October 15, 2013

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) evaluated the Channel Catfish population in Lake Marburg between June 25 and 27, 2013.

PFBC Issues Alert to Contain Invasive Species in Centre County

October 11, 2013

After confirming the presence of the aquatic invasive species (AIS) known as New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarium) in Spring Creek, Centre County, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding anglers and boaters that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters.

Mentored Youth Fishing Day to Expand Statewide in 2014

October 2, 2013

At its quarterly business meeting held today at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) unveiled plans to expand its popular Mentored Youth Fishing Day program across the state in 2014.

Quarterly Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 30/Oct. 1 in Erie

September 25, 2013

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold its quarterly business meeting on September 30 and October 1 in Erie at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, located at 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA.

Biologist Report - Juniata River Smallmouth Bass

September 24, 2013

During early September 2013 Fisheries Management Area 7 biologists conducted nighttime electrofishing surveys, targeting adult smallmouth bass at four historic sampling sites at the Juniata River from Huntingdon County downstream to Perry County.

Biologist Report - Marshall Lake Allegheny County

August 26, 2013

On April 30th, the PFBC deployed three trap nets in Marshall Lake to sample game fish and panfish and later that evening employed night flat bottom boat electrofishing to sample black bass.

Grant Funding Available to Improve Watersheds in Berks, Lebanon Counties

August 23, 2013

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is announcing grant funding opportunities to address water quality, aquatic habitat enhancement, and recreational access in the Tulpehocken Creek and Quittapahilla Creek watersheds in Berks and Lebanon counties.

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