HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 29) –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 – the Sunday before Memorial Day, May 29, and Independence Day, July 4.
“Family Fishing Festivals are a convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing at no cost,” said Carl Richardson, PFBC Education Section Manager. “These are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience. Participants will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing during the program.”
HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 27) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced that the 2016 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.
“This year’s assessment showed that both yellow perch and walleye populations remain at maintenance levels,” said Chuck Murray, the PFBC’s Lake Erie biologist. “Based on this, the creel limits are being held at the 2015 limits.”
At its March 31 meeting, the Lake Erie Committee allotted to Pennsylvania a yellow perch total allowable catch (TAC) of 619,968 pounds, a 7% decrease from 2015, but 15% above the long-term average of 539,850 pounds. The 2016 level includes a yellow perch TAC for the commercial trap net fishery of 100,000 pounds.
Each year, Pennsylvania Conservation Officers check thousands of hunters, anglers, trappers, and recreational vehicles for compliance with fish, boating and wildlife laws. A compliance check by a Conservation Officer is an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to have positive interactions with Conservation Officers while in the woods and on the waters of Pennsylvania. Conservation Officers can help explain laws and can help you learn more about outdoor opportunities and conditions in your area.
Excitement is starting to build in Pennsylvania’s hunting community for the start of spring-gobbler seasons.
Hunters 16 and younger can head afield Saturday, April 23 to participate in Pennsylvania’s annual youth spring turkey hunt. A week later, on April 30, all hunters can head into Penn’s Woods in pursuit of spring gobblers.
There’s good reason for the increasing interest among hunters, said Mary Jo Casalena, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wild turkey biologist. An earlier spring has coaxed hens into nesting sooner and is helping to set the table for hunters to capitalize on those pining gobblers.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is getting some good early returns from what is by far its furriest law enforcement initiative.
Last January, the commission acquired three Labrador puppies with the intent of restarting a lapsed K-9 unit. The dogs and their handlers were assigned to the agency’s special investigations division.
Each handler-dog team is responsible for one third of the state. Here in the west, conservation officer Larry Hergenroeder and Storm are to be called upon when needed.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today set hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2016-17 license year, which begins July 1.
A list of all seasons and bag limits appears at the end of this news release.
The commissioners also set the number of antlerless deer licenses to be allocated, as well as the number of elk licenses to be allocated for the coming license year.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is pleased to announce that Southern York County Waterways Conservation Officer Darrin Kephart received an award as one of several Northeast Fish and Wildlife Officers of the Year at a ceremony held on April 4, 2016, at the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife's annual conference, which was held in Annapolis, Maryland. WCO Kephart received his award from Colonel Kyle Overturf, Director of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection- State Environmental Conservation Police.
Here is an excerpt from his nomination: "WCO Kephart’s patrol district is composed of a vast diversity of public safety and resource protection responsibilities, to which he successfully addresses through a dynamic, multi-faceted patrol scheme. Within the scope of fishing related enforcement, WCO Kephart focused on protecting the Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass with increased enforcement of the “catch and immediately release” rules. WCO Kephart also participated in multiple Special Enforcement details for preseason and in-season trout stocking endeavors.