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In its June 2014 issue, Pennsylvania Game & 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, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

“The latest edition of the PA Game & Fish magazine incorrectly states that the Oswayo Fish Hatchery will be closed,” Scarnati said. “The PFBC will be sure that a retraction is printed in the next edition of the magazine, but it is important that residents know now that the Hatchery will remain open.”

Scarnati explained that the General Assembly worked with The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) to ensure that the hatchery remained open. On March 22, 2013, the Board voted unanimously to keep the Oswayo Hatchery in Potter County open for at least an additional two years. This decision reverses the PFBC’s previous vote in January 2013 to close the hatchery by the end of 2014.

“Fish hatcheries in Pennsylvania play an important role in helping provide the fish necessary to support recreational fishing for anglers,” Scarnati said. “Investing in local hatcheries is a significant way to encourage ongoing economic growth throughout our region.”

The Oswayo Hatchery is open to visitors daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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CONTACT: Kate Eckhart keckhart@pasen.gov 717-787-7084

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 17) –The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills and enjoy fishing.
The PFBC is holding three Family Fishing Festivals in May and three in June. These events lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days – Memorial Day, May 26, and Independence Day, July 4.

“Family Fishing Festivals are a convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “While we offer family fishing programs throughout the year, the May and June events call more attention to the importance of fishing in the lives of many Pennsylvania families.”

“Through the events, former and new anglers can try fishing at no cost,” he added. “We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more.”

Family Fishing Festivals are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience to have fun fishing together. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing during the program.

PFBC Family Fishing Festivals will be held at these locations:

  • May 3, SC Region: Gifford Pinchot State Park, Pinchot Lake, York County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (more info register)
  • May 10, SE Region: Nockamixon State Park, Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (more info register)
  • May 17, SW Region: North Park, North Park Lake, Allegheny County, 2 – 6 p.m. (more info register)
  • June 7 NC Region: Bald Eagle State Park, Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Centre County, 4 – 8 p.m. (more info register)
  • June 21, NW Region: Presque Isle State Park, Waterworks Ponds, Erie County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (more info register)
  • June 28, NE Region: Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna Lake, Lackawanna County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (more info register)

The PFBC is waiving the fishing license requirement during the program for registered participants 16 and older. The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and older. The PFBC is providing equipment, bait and tackle. PFBC staff will be present to teach skills and assist those who fish. Preregistration is required.

Visit www.GoneFishingPa.com to register or learn more about these events. Space is limited, and there will be no registrations accepted the day of the events. In addition, PFBC partners will be hosting events throughout the month. These events can also be viewed at this website.

Media Contact
Eric Levis, Press Secretary
717.705.7806
elevis@pa.gov

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FFFday-logo-jul4-media400HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 27) – Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots over the July 4th holiday can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

Independence Day – Thursday, July 4 – marks the second of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on both days, no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania’s waterways. All other fishing regulations apply.

“Fish-for-Free days are an easy way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Many families spend the day at lakes and parks throughout the state. Now they can try fishing at no cost. We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more.”

More information is available on the PFBC website at: www./fishandboat.com/fishforfree.htm.

FamilyFishing

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 www.takemefishingpa.com 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.

For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit www.fishandboat.com.

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From wild trout to muskellunge and from bluegill to largemouth bass, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has identified the best fishing opportunities throughout the state. To know more about this program and review the selected waters, visit the PFBC’s Best Fishing Waters page.

For an interactive map, visit the PFBC’s Warmwater/ Coolwater Fisheries page. Select one or more species that you’re interested in and click the Refresh Map button below the list of fishes. Information on best places to fish is available for Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, Channel Catfish, Crappie (Black/White), Muskellunge, Chain Pickerel, Northern Pike, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Redear Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Rock Bass, Walleye, Saugeye, Sauger, White Bass/ Perch, and Yellow Perch.