PA Fish and Boat Commission

Biologist Report - Youghiogheny River Lake, Fayette/Somerset Counties - 2014 Trap Net and Night Electrofishing Survey

June 12, 2015

In 2014, Youghiogheny River Lake was surveyed in April with trap nets and in May by night electrofishing, to evaluate the lake’s resident gamefish and panfish populations.

Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

June 8, 2015

With most students now on summer break, it’s the perfect opportunity for friends and families to try fishing and boating for the first time during National Fishing and Boating Week.

DCNR, Dickinson College Monitoring Health of Three Lakes in Cumberland County

June 8, 2015

Researchers at Dickinson College are collaborating with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to study three Cumberland County lakes that are popular spots for fishing, boating and other recreational activities, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said today.

Keystone, Presque Isle and Lackawanna State Parks among Top 10 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in U.S.

June 3, 2015

Three Pennsylvania state parks have been recognized among the Top 10 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing, whose Top 100 list was released this week.

“S.O.S. - Save Our Susquehanna!” Campaign Aims to Help Sick Bass

June 2, 2015

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced that it has launched an “S.O.S. - Save Our Susquehanna!” campaign to fund water and soil conservation projects along the Susquehanna River, whose young smallmouth bass population has been plagued over the last decade by illness and elevated mortality rates.

2015 Pennsylvania State Envirothon Results

June 2, 2015

The 32nd Pennsylvania Envirothon state competition was held at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown and Windber Recreation Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19 and 20, 2015.

Executive Director among Speakers at Opening of Freshwater Research Laboratory

June 1, 2015

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway will join four speakers tomorrow, June 2, for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Susquehanna University’s Freshwater Research Initiative Laboratory.

Biologist Report - Hills Creek Lake, Tioga Lake - Trap Net Survey – Electrofishing Survey 2015

May 29, 2015

Area 4 biologists conducted a general inventory of Hills Creek Lake, Hills Creek State Park, in the spring of 2015.

Biologist Report - Lackawanna Lake - May 2015 Crappie Evaluation

May 21, 2015

Biologists sampled Lackawanna Lake during the week of May 4, 2015, to assess the results of the White Crappie stocking program.

May 24 Marks PA’s First Fish-for-Free Day

May 18, 2015

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

PFBC Sponsors ‘Catch The Value!’ Kayak, NASCAR Giveaway

May 18, 2015

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has partnered with several organizations to sponsor a giveaway that includes a fishing kayak, tickets to a NASCAR race, and tickets to a Darius Rucker concert, all to be awarded to lucky winners who either enter online or in-person at one of four events.

2015 Confluence Awards Recipients Recognized at Congressional Reception

May 15, 2015

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are proud to announce United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Vincent B. Atkins, and Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania as the recipients of the 2015 Confluence Awards.

Life Jackets Focus of National Safe Boating Week

May 13, 2015

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 2015 National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22.

Commissioners Add 45 Streams to Wild Trout List

May 5, 2015

During its quarterly business meeting held here today, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) added 45 new waters to its list of wild trout streams; approved a lease of its Somerset Lake property; approved a plan to reestablish the fishery at Huntingdon County’s Lake Perez; and removed several species from the state’s Threatened Species list.

Tests Confirm Rare Cancer Finding in Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass Sample

May 4, 2015

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced that two independent laboratory tests have confirmed a malignant, or cancerous, tumor on a single smallmouth bass (SMB) caught in the middle Susquehanna River by an angler late last year and provided to the PFBC.

In-Season Trout Stockings Still Going Strong

April 30, 2015

With May just around the corner, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding anglers that the stocking season is still going strong and plenty of opportunities are available to catch brook, brown and rainbow trout.

2015 Family Fishing Festivals Set for May and June

April 24, 2015

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

Quarterly Meeting Scheduled for May 4-5

April 22, 2015

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold its quarterly business meeting on May 4-5 at the Woodlands Inn, located at 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

‘Spring Aboard’ During Spring Break

April 21, 2015

During the week of April 20-26, 2015, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) encourages boaters to Spring Aboard by enrolling in a boating education course.

April 18 Marks Statewide Opening Day of Trout Season

April 14, 2015

Anglers from across the state are gearing up to fish their favorite spots at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, which marks the traditional statewide opening day of trout season.

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