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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.

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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.

The Oswayo Fish Hatchery in Coudersport, Potter County, will remain open, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

At a special meeting of The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) on March 22, 2013, the Board voted unanimously to keep the Oswayo Hatchery in Potter County and the Bellefonte Hatchery in Centre County open for at least an additional two years. This decision reverses the PFBC’s previous vote in January 2013 to close both hatcheries by the end of 2014.

Prior to January and the PFBC’s initial announcement of plans to close the hatcheries, the General Assembly was unaware that shutting down these hatcheries was being considered by the PFBC, Scarnati said.

“Fish hatcheries play an important role in helping provide the fish necessary to support recreational fishing for anglers,” Scarnati said. “Investing in our local hatcheries is a significant way to encourage ongoing economic growth throughout the region. I am pleased that the PFBC realized the negative implications their decision would have for rural Pennsylvania and I look forward to continuing discussions with the PFBC as to how we can best fund these important local hatcheries.”

Originally established in 1968, the Oswayo Fish Hatchery is located on fourteen developed acres of land owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission. The hatchery employs nine individuals and produces an average of 181,261 pounds of fish per year, including brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and golden rainbow trout.

A total of fifteen fish hatcheries are strategically located across the Commonwealth to take advantage of high-quality water supplies and maximize fish stocking logistics.

The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service and the American Sportsfishing Association estimate fishing and fishing related activities generate more than $1.6 billion for Pennsylvania’s economy each year. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania projects the positive economic impact at $4.7 billion.

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

fff_wadingx400Fish for Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish for Pennsylvania’s most popular fish without a fishing license. Each year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Executive Director designates 2 Fish for Free Days. No fishing license is required to fish on Pennsylvania’s waterways on these days. All other fishing regulations still apply.

Fish for Free Days are the perfect opportunity to introduce a friend or relative to the lifelong sport of fishing. There’s no better way to enjoy Pennsylvania’s great outdoors than a day of fishing with the entire family.

dsc_0554Harrisburg, PA – Anglers registered with Cabela’s “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?” promotion will have an opportunity to land prize-winning fish in eight Pennsylvania waterways announced today by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and Cabela’s.

In conjunction with the contest, the PFBC will offer fishing instruction and a variety of other activities at six of the eight waters on May 30 as part of its annual Fish-for-Free day. The selected waters where Fish-for-Free activities will be held include:

  • Lake Wallenpaupack, a 5,700-acre lake located in Pike and Wayne counties;
  • Raystown Lake, an 8,000-acre lake in Huntingdon County;
  • The Emsworth Pool of the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh;
  • Presque Isle Bay, a 3,300-acre body of water which is part of Presque Isle State Park in Erie County;
  • Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, a 1,730-acre reservoir located in Bald Eagle Creek State Park in Centre County.
  • Lake Nockamixon, a 1,450-acre lake located within Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County.

The remaining two waters include:

  • Penns Creek, which begins from a spring in Penns Cave, Centre County, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Susquehanna River near Selinsgrove in Snyder County.
  • Lake Arthur, a 3,200-acre lake located within Moraine State Park in Butler County.

The contest officially starts today and runs through July 14. Anglers can register through the PFBC website at www.fishandboat.com/fishformillions.htm for a chance at landing the $2.2 million prize.

“We’re excited that the Cabela’s contest coincides with our first Fish-for-Free day on Memorial Day,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and it’s a day when many families and friends get together at lakes and parks throughout the state. It is the first of two Fishing Holidays this year.”

“First-time anglers can learn how to fish from our instructors and, in the process, maybe land a prize-winning fish,” he added. “It’s a great way to get introduced to the sport of fishing.”

In addition to providing free fishing tips, PFBC outreach and education staff will have exhibits, free publications and more at the six selected sites. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish. No fishing license is required to fish on these days. All other fishing regulations apply. The second Fish-for-Free Day is Labor Day, Sept. 5.

To help reporters with stories and websites, the PFBC has created a media resources page which contains high resolution tagging photos and videos. High-resolution logos can also be downloaded. The page is located at: http://www.fishandboat.com/media-resources/fish-tagging/tagging-contest-media.htm.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com

On Saturday, June 6,  there are two fun and educational programs scheduled:

Wandering Naturalist – Beautiful Butterflies 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come and visit the park naturalist at the beach! Children will learn about butterflies and their lifecycle. Participants will also be able to make their own butterfly kite to try out on the beach and take home.

Nature Games 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Run relay races and play tag and find out how animals depend upon each other for food. Children ages 4-12 will have fun imitating the ways animals protect themselves from being eaten. Meet the Park Naturalist at the beach.

On Sunday, June 7, Chapman State Park and the PA Fish and Boat Commission would like to invite you to a Family Fishing Program to be held at Chapman State Park on June 7, 2009 from 9:00am to 12:00 pm. Families must be pre-registered and should arrive promptly at 9am. A pre-registration sign up sheet is located at the park office, or call 723-0250. The program will include some basics on being a S.M.A.R.T. angler as well as how to rig a fishing rod, types of bait, knot tying, rules and regulations, casting practice, some hands-on fishing, and lots more. Participants are NOT required to have their fishing license while participating in the program. However, if they wish to fish after the program ends a Valid PA fishing license will be required for anyone 16 years old or over. Exceptions include May 23 and June 7 which are both Fish for Free Days in 2009.