Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission The mission of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is an independent Commonwealth agency comprised of 10 Commissioners appointed by the Governor and approved by the Legislature. Day to day operations are overseen by our Executive Director. Administrative offices are based at the Commission's headquarters at 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg. Field operations are based at our Pleasant Gap Complex, 450 Robinson Lane, Pleasant Gap (near Bellefonte, Centre County). Region offices, hatcheries, fisheries management offices and other Commission facilities are spread throughout the commonwealth. See PFBC directory for specific locations and contact information: https://www.fishandboat.com/AboutUs/Pages/TelephoneNumbersOfficeListings.aspx Social Media Policy- The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is committed to open and transparent communication through a variety of methods, including social media. In order to ensure that communications are accurate, consistent, and professional, the PFBC has authorized specific staff members to use social media in an official capacity. Purpose- The purpose of the PFBC’s official social media platforms is to provide information of public interest, educational materials, event promotions, and other relevant communications to the public and engage with those who choose to interact with the PFBC’s official social media pages. We encourage everyone to submit questions, comments, and concerns regarding the posted topics and share the PFBC’s information with their personal networks; however, please note that these official social media platforms are moderated online discussion sites. Please read the following policy fully and carefully. Comment Removal* The PFBC does not discriminate against any views. But we reserve the right to remove or refuse to approve comments or content suggestions that: 1. Are profane, vulgar, or obscene (including the use of any profane or inappropriate language); 2. Express or imply threats of violence; 3. Are illegal or encourage illegal activity; 4. Promote, foster, or perpetuate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, age, religion, gender, gender expression, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, HIV or AIDS status, or sexual orientation; 5. Constitute harassment or abuse; 6. Promote, foster, or perpetuate bigotry, prejudice, misogyny, defamation, or hatred of any kind; 7. Are commercial solicitation, spam, or link to another website; 8. Compromise public safety; 9. Contain gory or disturbing imagery; 10. Are solicitations, advertisements, or endorsements of any kind; 11. Promote or oppose any person who currently holds a political position and/or is campaigning for election to a political office, or promote or oppose any ballot proposition; 12. Are repetitive (“spam-like”) posts, comments, or direct messages by a single user, including repetitive comments published across multiple posts or comment threads; 13. Infringe on copyrights or trademarks; 14. Violate the privacy of another individual; 15. Include phone numbers, email addresses, residential addresses, or similar information; and/or 16. Are unrelated to the post at hand. Violators of this policy may have their comments or content removed from the PFBC’s official social media platforms. After the removal, the violator will be reminded via direct private social media communication (if possible) to be respectful of the comment policy, provided a link to review the comment policy, and encouraged to comment again with respect for this policy. Continued or egregious violations of this policy may prompt the PFBC to further restrict an individual’s commenting on official PFBC social media platforms. This Comment Removal Policy is subject to amendment or modification at any time to ensure that its continued use is consistent with its intended purpose as a limited forum. *Comment removal guidelines are applicable to all social media posts on PFBC social media platforms including, but not limited to, posts, videos, and photos. Please visit our website to read the full policy, including disclaimers and how to submit questions regarding this policy:https://www.fishandboat.com/AboutUs/Documents/SocialMediaPolicy.pdf

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The final #NotesFromTheStreams of 2020 was submitted by SGT Walt Buckman, Assistant Region Supervisor, Northeast Region....
12/28/2020

The final #NotesFromTheStreams of 2020 was submitted by SGT Walt Buckman, Assistant Region Supervisor, Northeast Region. He writes:

This past summer, Deputy Waterways Conservation Officer Walter Gutzan and I were patrolling Lake Wallenpaupack in our marked patrol boat. We observed a boat with an expired Kansas registration. It's occupants (2 juveniles and 1 adult male) were fishing close to the Wayne County shoreline. We observed the occupants for a few minutes before we headed over to conduct a boarding of their vessel.

At the onset of the boarding, I asked the boat's operator/owner for the vessel's current registration; it had expired in 2018. The gentleman stated, “I thought boats’ registrations were extended because of COVID?” He continued by professing he follows all the rules, and never breaks any laws. As we continued through the boarding process, I asked to see personal floatation devices for everyone on board. He could only produce one. I then asked to see his throwable device, since his boat was greater than 16 feet. Unfortunately he was missing that as well. He was able to produce the required fire extinguisher but it was not serviceable. Finally I asked to see his fishing license. His head slumped downward as he said, “I don’t have one.”

(Editor's note: Make sure that you are properly prepared for 2021. Purchase your fishing license and register your boat online. And be sure to read the Boating Handbook to make sure that you have all of the required gear for your vessel. Stay safe!)

PA owns numerous waterways managed under PFBC regulations, across the state. Here are but a few to explore during your t...
12/27/2020

PA owns numerous waterways managed under PFBC regulations, across the state. Here are but a few to explore during your travels in 2021 and beyond. Download the PDF, here: http://ow.ly/SSgS50CFZKX

(Thanks to WCO Mark Kerr, NW Region, for the creation of this holiday word search!)

Joyous Kwanzaa!Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of life from December  26 to January 1. Dr. Maulana Karenga in...
12/26/2020

Joyous Kwanzaa!
Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of life from December 26 to January 1. Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced the festival in 1966 to the US as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home.
Learn more about Kwanzaa, here: http://ow.ly/kvpx50CG8NX

All offices of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are closed on December 25 for Christmas. We will reopen on Dece...
12/25/2020

All offices of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are closed on December 25 for Christmas. We will reopen on December 28. Merry Christmas!

Take a few moments to relax and find these words associated with Pennsylvania and the PFBC. You can download the full PD...
12/25/2020

Take a few moments to relax and find these words associated with Pennsylvania and the PFBC. You can download the full PDF of this fun activity from our A&E Portal, here: http://ow.ly/Koa750CFZtS

(Thanks to NC ROEC, Amidea Daniel, for the creation of this holiday word search!)

12/24/2020
Water Quality Lab: Career Talk 2

In this video, Mindy McClenahan shares how she got started in the outdoors through mentors and how she achieved the position she holds today. Learn more about Aquatic Resources Careers on PFBC’s Activities and Education Portal (PFBC Overview) http://ow.ly/NLz850CPBzs

12/24/2020
Water Quality Lab: Receiving Samples

In this video, Mindy McClenahan, of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, takes you on a virtual field trip covering the process they take when receiving samples from a State Fish Hatchery.

All offices of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will close at 11:30AM today, December 24, 2020, for Christmas E...
12/24/2020

All offices of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will close at 11:30AM today, December 24, 2020, for Christmas Eve. We will reopen on Monday, December 28. Merry Christmas!

News Release ➡️ BE AWARE OF DANGEROUS WATER CONDITIONS CAUSED BY HEAVY RAINS AND SNOW MELT ➡️http://ow.ly/EwQs30rpVmy
12/24/2020

News Release ➡️ BE AWARE OF DANGEROUS WATER CONDITIONS CAUSED BY HEAVY RAINS AND SNOW MELT ➡️
http://ow.ly/EwQs30rpVmy

12/23/2020
Water Quality Lab: Career Talk 1

In this video, Aimee Nungesser shares how she got started in the outdoors through mentors and how she achieved the position she holds today. Learn more about Aquatic Resources Careers on PFBC’s Activities and Education Portal (PFBC Overview) http://ow.ly/NLz850CPBzs

12/23/2020
Water Quality Lab: CBOD

In this video, Aimee Nungesser, of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, takes you on a virtual field trip explaining Carbonaceous Biochemical Oxygen Demand (CBOD).

12/23/2020
Water Quality Lab: Water Quality Parameters

In this video, Mindy McClenahan, of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, takes you on a virtual field trip introducing the water quality parameters they test for at the Benner Springs Water Quality Lab.

12/22/2020
Water Quality Lab: Phosphorous Testing 2

In this video, Mindy McClenahan, of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, takes you on a virtual field trip covering the second part of Phosphorous testing.

Looking for a last-minute gift for your favorite angler or paddler? How about a 2021 PA fishing license, a Voluntary Per...
12/22/2020

Looking for a last-minute gift for your favorite angler or paddler? How about a 2021 PA fishing license, a Voluntary Permit, an Angler & Boater magazine subscription, or a launch permit?
Visit The Outdoor Shop today! https://www.pa.wildlifelicense.com/start.php

#stockingstufferideas

12/22/2020
Water Quality Lab: Phosphorous Testing 1

In this video, Mindy McClenahan, of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, takes you on a virtual field trip covering the process her lab uses to test for Phosphorous.

Our final weekly Boating Safety Quiz Answer can be found on p.40 of the Boater's Handbook. You can learn what to do for ...
12/22/2020

Our final weekly Boating Safety Quiz Answer can be found on p.40 of the Boater's Handbook. You can learn what to do for falls overboard and propeller strikes on p.41. http://ow.ly/x1gw50AL9A2

If you did not get this answer correct, you should consider taking a Boater Safety Education Course, which is required -
To operate a personal watercraft; and
For persons born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate boats powered by motors greater than 25 horsepower.

Learn more, here: http://ow.ly/71m350AL9Ye

We appreciate your stopping by and participating with us. Stay safe!

#safeboating #paddlesafely #wearitPA

12/21/2020
Water Quality Lab: Introduction

In this video, Mindy McClenahan, of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, takes you on a virtual field trip covering her role with the water quality lab located at the Benner Springs Fish Culture and Research Station in State College, Pennsylvania.

The #wintersolstice for the Northern Hemisphere occurred today, December 21, 2020 at 5:02a.m. It’s the astronomical mome...
12/21/2020

The #wintersolstice for the Northern Hemisphere occurred today, December 21, 2020 at 5:02a.m. It’s the astronomical moment when the Sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn, and we have our shortest day of the year in terms of daylight. The solstice marks the official start of winter.

This week's #NotesFromTheStreams was submitted by WCO Peter Labosh of the 4094 – Northern Bucks County district. He titl...
12/21/2020

This week's #NotesFromTheStreams was submitted by WCO Peter Labosh of the 4094 – Northern Bucks County district. He titles his story "The Rolling Tackle Shop":

Patrolling Lake Nockamixon, I get to talk to a lot of anglers; but one impressed me more than most. When he opened his trunk to retrieve his fishing license, I could have sworn I had just walked into a tackle shop. Tackle hanging down the sides, and bags and boxes of assorted lures, hooks, and baits. The angler asked me if I’ve ever seen a musky fly, and proceeds to pull out the biggest fly I’ve ever seen that he made to look like a mouse. As impressed as I was, I must admit I was skeptical that something like that would ever work. I told him I hope when he catches that monster, I hope I’m the first person he finds to share the story. I’m eagerly waiting to cross paths with this angler again.

Just because it's cold outside, it doesn't mean you can't go fishing! Cast your eye to the PFBC's YouTube channel and le...
12/20/2020

Just because it's cold outside, it doesn't mean you can't go fishing! Cast your eye to the PFBC's YouTube channel and learn how to fish year-round: http://ow.ly/y6lr50BNz1V

And don't forget to visit the A& E Portal, too: http://ow.ly/cDqo50BNz1W

If you missed our PA Mussels and PFBC Mussel Survey videos this past week, now's the time to view the entire series. Vie...
12/20/2020

If you missed our PA Mussels and PFBC Mussel Survey videos this past week, now's the time to view the entire series. Viewable on Facebook, as well as on our YouTube channel, you can take a virtual field trip to learn about some of PA's Mussels, learn about a special Mussel relocation project, and see how PFBC conducts a Mussel survey! With these videos, you will learn about types of PA Mussels, parts of Mussels, Mussel reproduction, aging, and identification. You will also learn how PFBC conducts a post project Mussel survey, see all the equipment they use for the survey, and how they process the data. See you on the water!

http://ow.ly/m28O50CFSNO

We're going to end our weekly Boating Safety Quiz with this final question: Name the many ways that propeller strikes ca...
12/19/2020

We're going to end our weekly Boating Safety Quiz with this final question: Name the many ways that propeller strikes can be prevented. We'll share the answers on Monday.

#safeboating #wearitPA #paddlesafely

12/18/2020
Mussel Reproduction

Join PFBC biologist, Jordan Allison, as he explains the unique way mussels reproduce. Did you know that some mussels lure fish in to help their young travel in a waterway? Learn how, by watching!!

PFBC #BiologistReport for Lake Oneida, Butler County, Fisheries Management Area 1. Read the May 18-22, 2020 Trap Net, Ho...
12/18/2020

PFBC #BiologistReport for Lake Oneida, Butler County, Fisheries Management Area 1. Read the May 18-22, 2020 Trap Net, Hoop Net, and Night Electrofishing Survey findings on our website: http://ow.ly/gSWh50CI0lh

#FisheriesFriday #panfish #crappies

12/18/2020
Trout in the Office- week 11

In this week's TIO update video, our Rainbow Trout can be observed actively feeding. Notice how quickly and how precise some of them can change direction! These Trout have special muscles that look like sideways W’s, called myomeres (pronounced my’-ohmears). The structure of these special muscles allow them to contract from side to side and front to back. This is what helps give Trout and other fishes the ability to move with the observed precision! Stay tuned as our fish continue to grow!

12/17/2020
Mussel Anatomy and Aging

In this video PFBC biologists introduce you to parts of a mussel and how to age mussels.

When the thermometer dips, forcing kids inside, the Wildlife Forever's Art of Conservation® Fish Art Contest is an oppor...
12/17/2020

When the thermometer dips, forcing kids inside, the Wildlife Forever's Art of Conservation® Fish Art Contest is an opportunity for youth in K through 12th grades to learn about the joy of fishing and the importance of aquatic conservation. Learn more: www.FishArt.org

The application period for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2021 Directorate Fellows Program is now open! The applicat...
12/16/2020

The application period for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2021 Directorate Fellows Program is now open! The application period may close before the January 15, 2021 deadline if a sufficient number of eligible applications are received. Learn more: https://areanet.org/news/9434066

12/16/2020
Importance of Mussels to PA Waterways

Join PFBC biologist, Jordan Allison, as he explains the importance of PA mussels to waterways. Did you know mussels help filter our waterways?

12/16/2020
PA Mussel Identification

In this video, join PFBC biologist, Nevin Welte, as he explains how to identify some of PA's Mussels.

Do you have someone on your holiday gift list who appreciates PA's  aquatic resources and wants to do more to support ha...
12/15/2020

Do you have someone on your holiday gift list who appreciates PA's aquatic resources and wants to do more to support habitat and conservation; wild trout and enhanced waters; muskellunge; and/or bass?
Voluntary Permits for 2021 are now available!
http://ow.ly/rh8w50ClS2w

This graphic provides the answers to last FRI's quiz. A kedge is used for rocks and heavy grasses; burying anchors are u...
12/15/2020

This graphic provides the answers to last FRI's quiz. A kedge is used for rocks and heavy grasses; burying anchors are used for sand and mud; and mushrooms for permanent moorings.

Read p. 29 of the PA Boater's Handbook to learn more: http://ow.ly/x1gw50AL9A2

If you did not get this answer correct, you should consider taking a Boater Safety Education Course, which is required -
To operate a personal watercraft; and
For persons born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate boats powered by motors greater than 25 horsepower.

Learn more, here: http://ow.ly/71m350AL9Ye

#safeboating

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Is it true the new 2021 fishing license will look like this
Great late fall smallmouth action on the lower Susquehanna River
I've sent you 2 recent E-mails asking when the Warm Water "Prior" info will be reinstalled to the website.... So far they have been unanswered ! This info was removed back in the early spring when you removed the Trout Stocking info over fears of crowding on stocking days. Since A) you provided a link for the Fall/Winter trout stocking dates so I guess people don't gather in the Fall/Winter{see Scotts Run Lake LOL} and B) nobody gathers for Warm Water Fish stockings since they are either fingerlings or fry. I realize that you stock fewer and fewer waters every year and now that you are stocking 10-14" musky you will stock fewer numbers as well. Out of several area lakes only 1 gets regular stockings of musky, hybrid stripers(we got a few stockings of Purebreds but the local Biologist said no more - no reason why given), walleye and catfish... but I think it's been 20 years since the other lakes got stocked with anything.
Just a suggestion, but if yall could stop making opening day of trout season on Easter weekend, that would be great. Keep up the great work!
This is CURRENTLY happening in the little Juniata. Its the tyrone seweage plant running off creek into the little Juniata. A mile outside of tyrone off 453 at the road to ironville. Contact me on messenger if you need more directions
Great smallmouth action on 11/13. Met a WCO who made me aware of the requirement to wear my PFD at all times in my under 16' open boat. It must be worn from November 01 to April 30 on all PA waters. Here are a few of the slab smallmouth.
The creation of the Pennsylvania steelhead program by PFBC has added an entire new dimension to anglers pursuing large trout. Not only for Pennsylvania anglers but for fishing guys and gals from many other states as well. I started to fish Elk Creek in 2005 and was immediately impressed with not only the numbers but also the average size of the steelhead. I live in York County and make three to four multiple day trips from late September to mid November. There are many options for lodging as well as places to eat. The PFBC magazine has had many fine articles on how to catch steelhead and what streams are in NW PA. If you want some excitement give steelhead a try.
Can anyone help with an ID on this guy in Eastern PA?
with the COVID-19 new rules as of Nov 20, can myself and friends fish a few hours in NJ without getting a negative test 72 hours prior to returning to PA and 14 day quarantine
Do you have any plans for opening day of trout for 2021. We would like to go camping for first day of trout but need a date for the opener first. Wondering if the early opener would be statewide in 2021.
As a person who cares about animals and one of over 250,000 supporters of In Defense of Animals, I am appalled that Blair County agencies ignored public appeals to save thousands of fish who were killed as a byproduct of a dredging project to improve water quality and animal habitat in the Chesapeake Bay. While improving water quality is important, there should have been a contingency plan in place that would also protect Lakemont Park’s aquatic animals who are of equal importance. Many of the fish were 20-years-old or more. Hundreds of turtles with life spans of over 100 years are still at risk as heavy machinery removes silt where they are currently hibernating. Residents who fed Lakemont fish when visiting the lake as children were literally in tears while watching them thrash about and die before their eyes. Several residents reported feeling extreme distress and being thoroughly traumatized when they witnessed a worker throw stones at fish who were already suffering while suffocating to death. Over a thousand residents banded together to try to protect these innocent helpless animals and formed a rapidly growing social media group. Instead of considering non-lethal options such as a temporary holding pond or relocating animals to private ponds, decisions were made behind closed doors to heartlessly forge ahead with the project as planned. Residents who made prior arrangements to find secure ponds for relocation are now resentful, which could have been avoided and now poses a public relations issue. You can increase public transparency and improve public engagement in the planning process to avoid future conflicts. The fish are dead, but there’s still time to save the turtles and repair public relations. Residents already identified private ponds for turtles unearthed from hibernation during the project. They agreed to only release Lakemont Park animals to private ponds to prevent the possible spread of pathogens into public waterways. There is no reason to live-compost thousands of aquatic animals when non-lethal options are available. Considering that intentional animal cruelty is a felony in Pennsylvania, I urge you to create a wildlife contingency plan for the remainder of this and for all future dredging projects. I look forward to hearing from you on this important issue.