Hunting and Fishing

Discounted Fishing License Available for Labor Day

August 27, 2014

New or lapsed anglers who want to fish on Labor Day but do not want to pay the full price for a license now have the opportunity to purchase a one-day discounted license for $1, under a special offer from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

Drawdown to Begin at Colyer Lake

August 27, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today said that it will begin the final drawdown of Colyer Lake in Centre County on Tuesday, Sept. 2., in advance of a construction project to rebuild the dam and spillway.

Paddlers Reminded to Obtain Launch Permits

August 20, 2014

As summer winds down, paddlers planning kayaking and canoeing trips are reminded that a launch permit or boat registration is required to use access areas owned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and at state park and state forest access areas operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

Labor Day Marks Second Mentored Youth Fishing Day Discounted License Available

August 15, 2014

Families and kids can now add a Mentored Youth Fishing Day as their preferred way to close out the summer season on the traditional Labor Day holiday.

Experts Praise Philadelphia and Delaware River as Premier Fishing Destinations

August 14, 2014

Visitors to Penns Landing in Philadelphia last weekend witnessed first-hand the excitement surrounding major league bass fishing when hometown favorite Mike Iaconelli fished the Delaware River into a first-place finish in the Bassmaster Elite tournament.

Anglers Urged to Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Erie County

August 11, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is urging anglers at a popular Erie County fishing spot to help prevent the spread of the aquatic invasive species (AIS) commonly known as round goby.

Voting Underway for Color of 2015 Fishing License Button

August 6, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is encouraging anglers to vote online for their favorite color for the 2015 fishing license button.

PFBC, Pocono Raceway to Give Away Ultimate Angler Kayak

July 30, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has partnered with several sponsoring organizations to outfit a state-of-the-art fishing kayak, which will be awarded to one lucky winner who enters the contest at this weekend NASCAR GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Fish and Boat Commission Urges EPA Help on Susquehanna River

July 29, 2014

The Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help identify the factors contributing to the poor health of the Susquehanna River and begin taking steps to improve the rivers condition before it becomes too late to repair the damage.

Young Kids Casting Championships Set for Saturday

July 24, 2014

Nearly 100 young anglers from across the state will test their fishing rod casting skills Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m., when the Capital City Bassmasters hosts the 2014 Pa BASS Nation Casting Kids Championships at Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg.

Governors Innovation Office Presents Innovator Awards to State Agencies

July 22, 2014

Seven state agencies are being recognized for reducing costs, increased productivity and improving service by the Governors Innovation Office.

Biologist Report - Kaercher Creek Dam, Berks County - 2014 Largemouth Bass Survey

July 21, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) evaluated the relative abundance and size structure of the Largemouth Bass population in Kaercher Creek Dam on June 12, 2014.

PFBC Elects New Officers at Quarterly Business Meeting

July 15, 2014

At its quarterly business meeting held here today, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) elected new officers; approved a request to change the regulations on a section of Pine Creek in Lycoming County; authorized the acquisition of access areas in Luzerne and Erie counties; established a children-only fishing area in Forest County; approved a new annual requirement for senior resident more»

Grants Awarded for Sinnemahoning Projects

July 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced $500,000 in grants to develop and implement projects that benefit fishing, boating, and aquatic resources within in Cameron, Elk, Potter and McKean counties.

Labor Day Picked as Second Mentored Youth Fishing Day, Discounted License Available

July 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a second Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Labor Day, Sept. 1, on 17 Panfish Enhancement lakes.

Biologist Report - Beltzvill Lake, Carbon County - 2013 Fish Population Survey

July 14, 2014

PFBC Area 5 Biologists used a variety of techniques to sample fish populations in Beltzville Lake in spring and fall 2013.

Quarterly Meeting Scheduled for July 14-15

July 3, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold its quarterly business meeting on July 14-15 at its Harrisburg headquarters, located at 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Biologist Report - Shenango River Lake, Mercer County - Spring 2014 Survey

July 2, 2014

Area 1 returned to Shenango River Lake in spring of 2014 to re-inventory fish populations according to PFBC reservoir sampling protocols.

Independence Day Marks Second Fish-for-Free Day

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Fishing on the Susquehanna River near Williamsport.

Independence Day - Friday, July 4 – marks the second of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. All other fishing regulations apply. more»

PFBC to Present Franklin Kury with Ralph Abele Conservation Heritage Award

June 26, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it will present the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award to former Senator Franklin Kury.

Independence Day Marks Second Fish-for-Free Day

June 26, 2014

Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania popular outdoor spots over the July 4 holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Biologist Report - Pymatuning Reservoir, Crawford County - Spring 2014 Trapnet Survey

June 5, 2014

Fisheries Management Area 1 conducted the annual trapnet survey of Pymatuning Reservoir from April 2nd through April 12th, 2014.

Bass Season Kicks Off June 14

June 4, 2014

With warmer summer weather finally here, anglers are gearing up for the start of bass season on June 14 and are expected to be out in large numbers on popular lakes and streams, including PA Best Bass Fishing Waters.

Biologist Report - Oxbow Lake, Wyoming County - May 2014 Survey

June 2, 2014

Area 4 biologists quantified the warmwater fish community in Oxbow Lake with trap nets, gill nets, and night electrofishing gear during May 2014.

Biologist Report - Lily Lake, Luzerne County - May 2014 Largemouth Bass Survey

June 2, 2014

Area 4 biologists surveyed Lily Lake on May 12, 2014, to see if Alewife introduction had caused changes in the Largemouth Bass population.

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Changes to Pine Creek

May 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 5, in Waterville to discuss potential regulatory changes on a section of Pine Creek in Lycoming County.

Biologist Report - Lake Arthur, Butler County - Spring 2014 Trapnet Survey

May 21, 2014

Fisheries Management Area 1 staff returned to Lake Arthur in spring of 2014 to continue our study of the Muskellunge population as part of a statewide study to evaluate effects.

Correction to PA Game and Fish Magazine Story

May 19, 2014

In its June 2014 issue, Pennsylvania Game and Fish magazine mistakenly printed a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) January 2013 press release which announced that the PFBC voted to close two state fish hatcheries.

Life Jackets Focus of National Safe Boating Week

May 16, 2014

Boating safety experts want to get something off their chest and onto yours - a life jacket. The importance of flotation devices and other watercraft safety tips are the focus of the 2014 National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23.

Memorial Day Marks First Fish-for-Free Day

May 16, 2014

Families and friends visiting popular outdoor spots in Pennsylvania over the Memorial Day holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

PA Fish and Boat Commission Applauds New Way to Check Lake Erie Boating Conditions

May 15, 2014

This system was deployed five miles off the mainland in 50 feet of water and collects weather, water, and wave data.

PFBC Recruits New Class of Waterways Conservation Officers

May 8, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it is recruiting a new class of Waterways Conservation Officers (WCO).

PFBC Holds Quarterly Business Meeting at Lake Wallenpaupack

May 7, 2014

At its quarterly business meeting held here today, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) authorized the acquisition of an access area in Crawford county; proposed a regulation change to reduce a no-wake zone in Northumberland County; proposed a regulation change to improve boating safety; and finalized a regulation which places restrictions on the sale and use of live crayfish.

Statewide Mentored Youth Fishing Day Set for May 10

April 30, 2014

Excitement is building among anglers and kids for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) popular Mentored Youth Fishing Day, which will be held on May 10 on 41 waters across the state.

Leaser Lake, Lehigh County, to be Lowered for Repair Work

April 30, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it will begin to lower the water level at Lehigh County Leaser Lake this week in preparation for a construction project to repair a seep in the facilities earthen dam.

Public Meeting Scheduled for Update on Colyer Lake

April 29, 2014

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it will host a public meeting in Spring Mills, Centre County, on May 8 to provide an update on reconstruction of the Colyer Lake dam.

Community and State Organizations Offer Two Family Fishing Programs

April 28, 2014

The PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) with the help from several partners are offering 2 different Family Trout Fishing Programs on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

May 3 Marks Start of Walleye Season

April 25, 2014

With the start of the statewide walleye season approaching on May 3, the toughest choice for anglers may be deciding where to cast their lines.

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.

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