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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.

Keep Philadelphia Schools Open, Advance Dollars, House Republicans Urge Governor

July 31, 2014

HARRISBURG – Asking Gov. Tom Corbett to advance the School District of Philadelphia education funding, Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson counties) and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) today announced that public pension reform and a bill dealing primarily with the Philadelphia school district will be voted in September.

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.

Smith Issues Statement on Grant being named Outstanding Fair Ambassador

July 17, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) issued the following statement upon the announcement that Jim Grant was named an “Outstanding Fair Ambassador” by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

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.

House GOP leads by example

July 15, 2014

Light has long been shining from some corners of Harrisburg as policies driving sustainable job growth, budgetary responsibility, unparalleled investments in education, and consumer choices have been sown.

House GOP leads by example

July 15, 2014

Light has long been shining from some corners of Harrisburg as policies driving sustainable job growth, budgetary responsibility, unparalleled investments in education, and consumer choices have been sown.

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.

Leader Turzai to Discuss Budget Today

July 11, 2014

WHAT: House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) will discuss the state budget and leadership to move forward on related issues.

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.

Smith Says New State Budget Funds Priorities without Increasing Taxes

July 1, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) said today that the 2014-15 state budget is a modest spending plan that funds the state’s priorities without increasing taxes or imposing new ones.

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.

Deadline to Apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended, Says Turzai

June 13, 2014

HARRISBURG – Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) would like to let residents know that the deadline to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.

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.

Smith Announces Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Returned to Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong Counties

June 3, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) today announced that more than $2 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees would be returned to Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong counties and to municipalities within each of these counties.

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.

Jefferson County Receives State Grant to Expand and Improve Recycling Services

May 9, 2014

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) announced today that the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority has received an $89,100 grant that will significantly expand and simplify recycling services in the county and help to further educate school students and the general public on the methods and benefits of recycling.

SFC Scott Smith Honored by PA House

May 8, 2014

HARRISBURG – Sgt. 1st Class Scott R. Smith, son of Robert and Shirl Smith of Punxsutawney, was posthumously honored by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today for his dedication and courage in serving our nation at home and abroad. more»

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.

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