The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to get out and enjoy fishing. These events lead up to the two statewide Fish for Free Days: Memorial Day on May 27, and Independence Day on July 4 – PA’s fishing holidays!

girlfishingFamily Fishing Festivals are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience. The fishing license requirement is waived for registered Family Fishing Festival participants 16 years of age and older during the event.

Here are the dates and locations where the festivals will be held:
May 4: Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County
May 11: Blue Marsh Lake, Berks County
May 18: Keystone State Park, Westmoreland County
June 8: Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County
June 22: Lake Arthur/Moraine State Park, Butler County
June 29: Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna County

Visit to register and learn more about these events. Pre-registration for these FREE events is required. Space is limited, and there will be no registration taken the day of the event.

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