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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
08/25/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

In Memoriam: On Aug 25, 1921, Bradford County District Fish Warden William E. Shoemaker was shot while making an arrest. He passed away on Sept 22 from his injuries. He was the first Fish Warden to be killed in the line of duty. Read the full story, here: http://ow.ly/Aopi50yL6Ti

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
08/05/2020
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

News Release: The PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) has been assigned to assist with water rescues in Berks and Montgomery counties, and Swiftwater Emergency Response Teams (SWERT) from the Fish and Boat Commission and other local agencies in the southcentral area of the state are being sent to assist in the southeast.

With the busy Independence Day weekend approaching, we would like to remind boaters that it is dangerous and illegal to ...
07/02/2020

With the busy Independence Day weekend approaching, we would like to remind boaters that it is dangerous and illegal to operate watercraft, powered or unpowered, while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

From July 3-5, WCOs will participate in Operation Dry Water, a nationally coordinated effort between law enforcement agencies, to conduct enhanced Boating Under the Influence (BUI) enforcement. Recreational boaters may notice an increase in the number of officers on the water and at recreational boating checkpoints.

In partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), the PFBC is working to increase boater awareness of the hazards associated with impaired boating, and to decrease the number of accidents and deaths attributed to impaired boating and other unsafe boating practices.

Tips for staying safe on the water this summer include:
• Boat sober. Alcohol and drug use can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. If you plan to drink while boating, always have a designated boater.
• Wear your life jacket. 85% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
• Take a boating safety education course. 71% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction, where instruction was known.

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo
07/02/2020

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo

06/28/2020
Graduation Ceremony of the 22nd Class of Waterways Conservation Officers

The graduates were all given a link to a YouTube page to send to friends and family so that they could watch the ceremony live, and just like most things in 2020 that didn’t pan out as well as we hoped. The (then still cadets) were all instructed to get their cell phones and forward an email to their friends and family with a new link. They darted across the room and each grabbed their phones waiting about as patiently for the email to arrive as you would expect anyone to wait.

We hope all of those that were to be present to watch the live stream made it in time. However, at the same time, we had our Public Relations Representative recording from a different viewpoint to put together a proper video. He went home that Friday evening and spent extra time to complete this video over the weekend.

I would like to apologize to any of those that were given the link that did not work initially and missed the ceremony. Hopefully, this video (which is much nicer) helps.

Congratulations to our newest officers. Be safe, do your duty, and enjoy the path that you have worked so very hard to walk. Your journey is only just beginning.

June 26, 2020 -- Bellefonte, PA. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is pleased to announce that nineteen Waterways Conservation Officers (WCO) have fo...

Congratulations to the 22nd Waterways Conservation Officer class for completing their training and graduating today.
06/26/2020

Congratulations to the 22nd Waterways Conservation Officer class for completing their training and graduating today.

For everyone that has served in our military, family members and those who work with those who have served. Please take ...
06/17/2020
Pennsylvania Veterans Registry

For everyone that has served in our military, family members and those who work with those who have served. Please take a moment and look this over. If you know of any aged veterans that are in your family or neighborhood, you can print off a PDF version for them to sign up as well.

While completing the form, you have the option to check the box that says “Check this box if you’d like to receive ongoing communications from DMVA, including newsletters, breaking news, and other updates”. If you check that box, you will receive emails with information designed for the veteran and their families. It could be information regarding anything of interest such as assistance with financial issues, Farm Show Activities, mental awareness, possible grants for higher education etc.

Thanks for considering this and Thank You for your service to our country.

The PA VETERANS REGISTRY is an online application that allows veterans, family members and people who work with veterans to connect with DMVA to request information related to the valuable state benefits, programs and services offered. By connecting with DMVA, registrants can also opt-in to receive....

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
05/29/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

We know you’re hot. We know you’re weary. (We know you just sang those words in your head.) And, we know how refreshing that water looks! But, if swimming and/or tubing is part of your plans, this is just a friendly reminder that Swimming and Tubing are both Prohibited at all Pennsylvania Fish and Boat (PFBC) accesses and PFBC lakes.

Before you get into the water, please take a few minutes to properly identify your surroundings. If you see a notification board, read the NOTICE(s) attached to it. If it says that Swimming and Tubing are Prohibited, please do not swim or go tubing in that area. (Inner-tubes are not boats; they are swim aids. Therefore, they are not permitted at a PFBC access.)

Additionally, if you are venturing to a waterway where you are permitted to go swimming or tubing, or you are a boater planning to go swim from your boat in public waters, we encourage you to wear your life jacket. Life jackets save lives!

For information on PA State Park beaches and swimming pools in Yellow and Green counties that may be opening near you, please read the following Department of Natural Resources news release, here: http://ow.ly/tfFz50zU29w

Stay safe out there!

05/22/2020
Now Recruiting Waterways Conservation Officers

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5/19/2020 PENNSYLVANIA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION TO RECRUIT NEW CLASS OF WATERWAYS CONSERVATION OFFICER TRAINEES HARRISBURG, Pa. (DATE) — The Pennsylvania Fis...

Wear your life jacket!
05/21/2020

Wear your life jacket!

We are hiring a new class of Waterways Conservation Officer Trainees!
05/19/2020

We are hiring a new class of Waterways Conservation Officer Trainees!

Some members from the PFBC SWERT (Swiftwater Emergency Response Team) during a training scenario.
04/29/2020

Some members from the PFBC SWERT (Swiftwater Emergency Response Team) during a training scenario.

Merry Fishmas!  Trout Season is now open!
04/07/2020

Merry Fishmas! Trout Season is now open!

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo
04/06/2020

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo

New posters are being added by our officers to remind you of best Social Distancing practices while fishing.  Be safe!
04/06/2020

New posters are being added by our officers to remind you of best Social Distancing practices while fishing. Be safe!

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
04/04/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

In Memoriam: Remembering Fish Warden Raymond L. Schroll-

On April 4, 1958, Schroll, the Lycoming County District Fish Warden, and Paul Ranck, a Game Commission officer, were patrolling the Susquehanna River below Williamsport. It had been a wet spring and the river was unusually high and swift. The two officers were returning from checking the duck hatch from Muncy to Williamsport when the swift water became too much for the small craft to handle. The boat capsized, throwing both Officer Schroll and Officer Ranck into the river. Officer Schroll was an excellent swimmer and quickly made it safely to shore. As he exited the water, he turned and saw Officer Ranck clinging to the overturned boat. Without hesitating, Officer Schroll dived back into the water in an attempt to assist his friend. Witnesses say he was gaining on Officer Ranck when Officer Schroll suddenly disappeared under the raging water.

Officer Ranck clung to the boat for over a mile before he was rescued by a volunteer fireman who threw a rope from a bridge over the river. Recovery teams searched unsuccessfully for Officer Schroll in the following few weeks. His body was recovered April 28, 1958, in Lewisburg, PA, over 30 miles downstream.

For the rest of the story, please visit our website: http://ow.ly/7UOe50yL3RU

What we here at the Bureau of Law Enforcement love to see and hear.  SGT Buckman found this posted along the Lehigh Rive...
04/02/2020

What we here at the Bureau of Law Enforcement love to see and hear. SGT Buckman found this posted along the Lehigh River today. Our officers and Hatchery staff work hard with the public every year to complete this task. This year, because of Covid19, we have to exclude the public. The rest of our staff has been chipping in to help stock as well. So from all of us to all of you - Thank You. Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

03/27/2020

Do you see a Pollution or illegal fishing happening? We have a phone number for that! Monday - Friday from 0800-1600 you can call us at 1855 FISH KIL. If it is after those hours, you can directly message us here using the Messenger.
We appreciate the tips!

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo
03/26/2020

PA Fish and Boat Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement's cover photo

03/25/2020

Friendly reminder - Trout Season does not open until April 18th for the entire Commonwealth.

Cadets and boat trailers.....
03/15/2020

Cadets and boat trailers.....

03/15/2020

Members of 22nd WCO Class practicing backing boat trailers. Not something you see at most police academies but a vital skill for Conservation Officers

Operation Dry Water
03/05/2020

Operation Dry Water

Wear a life jacket! Bass tournament participants, whitewater thrill-seekers and top boaters wear theirs, and so should you and your crew. #OperationDryWater

PFDs save lives, wear it PA
02/28/2020

PFDs save lives, wear it PA

Knowing how to swim does NOT protect you from drowning. Even the best swimmers can (and do) get into trouble with sudden immersion in cold water or by being knocked unconscious and drown if they’re not wearing a life jacket. #ODW20

Congratulations SGT. Buckmanhttps://www.facebook.com/358063524264303/posts/3519288938141730/?d=n&substory_index=0
02/23/2020

Congratulations SGT. Buckman

https://www.facebook.com/358063524264303/posts/3519288938141730/?d=n&substory_index=0

SGT Walter Buckman recently received the Distinguished Service Award for "Environmental Leadership" at a joint session of the Lackawanna Valley Trout Unlimited and the Lackawanna River Conservation Association for his years of service and leadership for the Lackawanna River and its watershed, as well as the 2020 River of the Year initiative. (Pictured, l-r: Jacob Bliss-President LVTU, Buckman, and PFBC Commissioner Charles Charlesworth)

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
02/15/2020

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

The Allegheny Outdoor Show is here! Be sure to visit the #PFBC booth to talk to law enforcement and education staff and pick up some free information. Purchase your PA fishing license at the Allegheny County Treasurer’s booth.

PFBC Executive Director Tim Schaeffer is holding a Q & A session at 6:30 this evening. The Outdoor Show is then giving away a 10-year Pennsylvania Resident fishing license following the seminar.

Find show info at www.sportandtravel.com.

Operation Dry Water
02/14/2020

Operation Dry Water

Taking a boating safety course is simple and convenient. Many different organizations and agencies offer them, so boaters can find one that works best for them. #OperationDryWater

Update on Donegal and Minsi Lakes!
02/13/2020

Update on Donegal and Minsi Lakes!

02/12/2020

REFILLING OF DONEGAL, MINSI LAKES UNDERWAY FOLLOWING DAM REHABILITATION PROJECTS

HARRISBURG, Pa. (February 12) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to announce that the refilling of two popular lakes, Donegal Lake in Westmoreland County and Minsi Lake in Northampton County, is underway following lengthy dam rehabilitation projects.

"As the refill process gets underway in both of these lakes, people will notice the water levels increasing gradually over the next several weeks," said Paul Urbanik, Director of the PFBC's Bureau of Engineering. "It's an exciting time because we're all anxious to see these lakes return so that we can enjoy them again, but it's also vital that we control the pace and monitor things closely along the way."

Donegal Lake, a 90-acre impoundment located in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County, is fed naturally by Four Mile Run. The lake was drained in 2016 when the previous dam was deemed unsafe. A $5.5 million rehabilitation project was completed in December 2019.

Minsi Lake, a 117-acre impoundment located within Northampton County's Minsi Lake Wilderness Area is fed naturally by East Fork Martin's Creek. The lake was drained in 2017 when the previous dam was deemed structurally deficient. A $4.9 million rehabilitation project was completed in December 2019.

Urbanik expects both lakes to refill at a pace of about 2-3 feet per week, with the lakes approaching full capacity in approximately 6 weeks. Refilling is intentionally performed slowly to allow the earthen portion of the dams to adequately saturate and to allow engineers to monitor new concrete dam structures which will be placed under a tremendous amount of pressure for the first time as water is introduced. Both facilities will be subject to weekly inspections to ensure safety and monitor performance.

"We're confident that the dams will perform exactly how they were designed, and we don't anticipate any issues," added Urbanik. "In moving slowly, we'll also be able to control the amount of sediment that gets stirred up in the lake and reduce the amount that moves into downstream waterways."

Water quality in both lakes will be monitored ahead of trout stocking events planned at each location in the coming weeks. Minsi Lake is scheduled to be stocked on March 24, ahead of the Regional Mentored Youth Trout Day on March 28. Donegal Lake is scheduled to be stocked on April 1, ahead of the Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day on April 11. Both lakes will be stocked with Rainbow Trout and golden Rainbow Trout during the preseason period, with additional Rainbow Trout to be stocked throughout the spring and fall. Volunteers are welcome to attend the stocking events and participate in placing the trout into the lakes. A complete 2020 Adult Trout Stocking Schedule and information about the mentored youth programs can be found on the PFBC website (www.fishandboat.com).

Both Donegal Lake and Minsi Lake are regulated as Stocked Trout Waters and are closed to all fishing (including taking of minnows) from March 1 to 8 a.m. on their respective opening days of the trout season, except for Mentored Youth Trout Day. The lakes are also managed under a temporary special fishing regulation requiring catch and release/no harvest for all species except trout. Anglers fishing for trout should follow Commonwealth Inland Waters regulations.

Beginning in spring 2020, PFBC biologists and hatchery staff will begin to implement multi-year restocking plans at the lakes, which include the introduction of fingerling-sized warmwater gamefish including largemouth bass, as well as various panfish and minnows. Over time, these stockings will result in self-sustaining populations of fish that contribute to a diverse and successful fishery and regulations will be adjusted to allow for harvest.

During the refill process, anglers and boaters should avoid areas that may become muddy or slippery. Boaters should only use paved launch areas when water levels have adequately covered the launch to allow for safe entry into the water. Boaters are reminded to always wear a lifejacket, and that a mandatory cold water life jacket requirement is in place from November 1 through April 30 for anyone aboard a boat less than 16 feet in length including any canoe, kayak or paddleboard.

2020 Pennsylvania fishing licenses can be purchased online through The Outdoor Shop (www.pa.wildlifelicense.comOpens In A New Window) or by visiting more than 700 license issuing agents. To participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit, or a voluntary youth fishing license (only $2.90 including all fees).

View this news release online: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/fish-and-Boat-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=308

Time to start checking your gear and scheduling days off...
02/02/2020

Time to start checking your gear and scheduling days off...

22nd WCO Class spent most of this week learning about ice safety, how to conduct ice rescues and demonstrated their abil...
02/01/2020

22nd WCO Class spent most of this week learning about ice safety, how to conduct ice rescues and demonstrated their ability to perform a self rescue should they encounter bad ice while on patrol.

Cadets are learning skills they will use throughout their new careers. This week was boating safety....next week will be...
01/26/2020

Cadets are learning skills they will use throughout their new careers. This week was boating safety....next week will be ice rescue. Stay tuned!

The new WCO Cadets recently spent two days becoming Basic Boating Instructors. Part of the course covered the importance of a properly-fitted, USCG-approved life jacket in good condition. Remember- #lifejacketssavelives

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