PA Fish and Boat Commission

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.

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.

Study Shows PA Water Trails Support Local Economies, Jobs

1 year 38 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 30 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 16 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 17 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 20 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 20 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 23 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 23 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 27 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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