PA Fish and Boat Commission

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

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.

Study Shows PA Water Trails Support Local Economies, Jobs

1 year 50 weeks ago

Visitors to four Pennsylvania water trails during the summer of 2012 generated almost three-quarters of a million dollars in economic activity and supported 11 full-time jobs. more»

Rose Valley Lake Property Rights Approved by Fish Commission

2 years 43 weeks ago

HARRISBURG, Pa.– At its 100th quarterly business meeting held today, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) approved several property transactions, finalized new regulations for Lake Erie, and awarded two grants for projects on the Lehigh and Susquehanna rivers. more»

National Safe Boating Week Kicks Off May 21

3 years 28 weeks ago

Harrisburg – 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 2011 National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27.
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Fish and Boat Commission Lifts Limits on Schuylkill County’s Upper Owl Creek Reservoir

3 years 29 weeks ago

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is encouraging anglers to visit the upper Owl Creek Reservoir in Schuylkill County and harvest as many fish as they can before the lake is drawn down this spring and construction begins to repair the facility.
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Fish and Boat Commission Announces Hotline to Report Suspected Pollution Incidents

3 years 32 weeks ago

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today introduced a new toll-free hotline for the public to report suspected pollution incidents or fish kills.
 
The number – 1-855-FISH-KIL (1-855-347-4545) – provides the public with a way to quickly alert PFBC staff to suspected environmental incidents, according to Board President William Worobec.
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Fish and Boat Commission Finalizes Susquehanna River Bass Regulations

3 years 32 weeks ago

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today placed permanent catch-and-immediate-release regulations on smallmouth and largemouth bass in portions of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers, a move designed to protect the rivers’ existing bass population.  At the same time, Commissioners at the quarterly business meeting approved publication of proposed regulations which wo more»

Bucks County Reptile Dealer Pleads Guilty to Illegally Trading Native Turtles

3 years 35 weeks ago

Harrisburg – A Bucks County reptile breeder and dealer has pleaded guilty to charges by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) that he illegally bought and traded native spotted turtles.
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Fish and Boat Commission Seeks Applicants for Boating Facility Grant Program

3 years 35 weeks ago

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is encouraging local governments and nonprofit groups which are interested in providing or improving public boating facilities to apply for funding through the agency’s Boating Facility Grant Program.
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Warren Company Agrees to Pay $25,000 Settlement for Unpermitted Discharge into Lycoming County’s Pine Creek

3 years 39 weeks ago

A Warren, Pa., company has agreed to pay a $25,000 settlement in lieu of fines and civil damages to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) as a result of the company’s unpermitted discharge of a chemical product into Lycoming County’s Pine Creek last spring.
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