The 2017 season will open March 25 for the Mentored Youth Trout Day program in 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.
The following weekend – April 1 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties.
A second Mentored Youth Day will be held on April 8, the Saturday before the April 15 regular opening day of trout season.
Multi-year fishing licenses have been a hit with anglers since the PFBC first started selling them in 2013 for 3-year and 5-year periods.
Anglers like the convenience of not having to buy a license each year, and they like saving money by avoiding annual transaction and processing fees.
Now anglers can choose from a new 10-year option for $211.90, which includes a one-time fee of just $1.90 and savings of more than $17.
Anglers can also purchase 10-year trout, Lake Erie and combo permits and experience similar savings.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 1) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that the 2017 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online and on the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app.
Anglers can easily search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates of interest. To view the list, simply go to www.fishandboat.com, click on the link “Fish” in the upper right corner, then select Trout Stocking Schedules. From there, select a county and enter start and end dates from the calendars at the top of the page. Then press “Go.”
Final approval of seasons, antlerless license allocations, to occur in March.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2017-18 license year.
Modifications proposed for the 2017-18 seasons include: moving the statewide archery bear season to the next-to-the-last week of the archery deer season; changing the firearms deer season in Wildlife Management Units 5A and 5B to bucks-only hunting from the opening day through the first Friday; opening a conservative mid-week fall turkey season in Wildlife Management Area 5B, and reducing the season length in WMUs 4A, 4B and 4E; eliminating the post-Christmas segment of the ruffed-grouse season to improve adult survival due to recent population declines; restoring an extended black-bear season in WMU 3A; opening the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area to a youth-only pheasant-hunting season; opening WMU 5A to put-and-take bobwhite quail hunting, given the lack of wild quail in the area and the low likelihood of quail reintroduction being initiated there soon.
Applications Accepted Beginning March 1st, 2017 until April 1st, 2017
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will begin recruiting the 31st class of Wildlife Conservation Officer Cadets at its Ross Leffler School of Conservation In Harrisburg.
The State Civil Service Commission will begin accepting applications March 1st, 2017 until April 1st, 2017, or until 600 applications are received, whichever occurs first.
Pending approval from the Governor’s office, the class will report for training in March of 2018 and graduate in March of 2019.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 26) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding anglers who fish for Crappies in Crawford County’s Pymatuning Reservoir that new creel and size limits will take effect beginning on March 1, restricting them to 20 fish per day and a nine-inch minimum size.
An identical regulation change also takes effect March 1 on the Ohio side of the reservoir, located in Ashtabula County. The fisheries in the reservoir are jointly managed by the PFBC and the Ohio Division of Wildlife under the Pymatuning Compact.
Both agencies will be posting signs around the lake informing anglers of the new regulation.