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: http://fishandboat.com/dir.htm Social Media Content Guidance This is the official page for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC). The PFBC uses this page to post information and content relevant to our mission and agency constituency and the general public about aquatic resources, conservation, and recreational fishing and boating in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This page is offered to provide our audiences a place to connect and communicate with us and each other. This page is managed by PFBC staff based at our headquarters buildings and regional offices. We do not monitor or moderate this page at all times, but we strive to respond to questions and comments, promptly, on a regular basis. This page is moderated in accordance with the Facebook Community Standards (facebook.com/communitystandards), and we will remove postings and/or ban accounts which violate these standards, or are: --Abusive or threatening towards any individual, --Violate any law or individual’s rights, --Fraudulent or deceptive, --Unnecessary repetitive postings or spam, --Off-topic or not relevant, or, --Utilize language which is not appropriate for all age groups.

Operating as usual

In preparation for the PFBC's Board of Commissioners' quarterly meeting (Day 1 on Mon., Oct. 19 at 9:30AM; Day 2 on Tues...
10/14/2020

In preparation for the PFBC's Board of Commissioners' quarterly meeting (Day 1 on Mon., Oct. 19 at 9:30AM; Day 2 on Tues., Oct. 20, at 9:30AM), which we will be holding via Facebook Live, we will be testing our system later today. More information about the meeting will be provided in our next News Release. Stay tuned!

10/13/2020

October’s “How to Draw a (Fish)” brings us the Muskellunge!
See more “How to Draw” videos on PFBC’s Activities & Education Portal (PA Fish) - http://ow.ly/VrjS50BNvxs!

Thank you PFBC Fishing Skills Instructor, Tiffany London (www.farmgirlgraphics.com), for another great video!

Musky have a missile-shaped body and a ducklike snout filled with many strong teeth. A popular sportfish, Musky are like the X-Games of PA fishing. They are one of PA’s largest and fastest-growing fish.

They are coolwater fish and are found in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. As an apex predator, Musky like to hold in slow pools with lots of woody debris and/or aquatic vegetation that attract other fish.

Visit the PFBC's Musky feature page - http://ow.ly/l4zk50BOgcG

10/13/2020
Introduction to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

The Pennsylvania Sea Grant recently released the first in a series of new videos on aquatic invasive species.

In this first video, Sara Stahlman, Extension Leader for the PA Sea Grant, helps you learn what aquatic invasive species are, what makes them invasive, and the impacts they can have on the environment, the economy, and health.

Visit the PFBC's AIS page to learn more: https://www.fishandboat.com/Resource/AquaticInvasiveSpecies/Pages/default.aspx

Pennsylvania Sea Grant has created a multi-part series all about aquatic invasive species (AIS). In this video, learn about what AIS are, what makes them inv...

Happy Birthday to the United States Navy from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission!
10/13/2020

Happy Birthday to the United States Navy from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission!

Answer to last Friday's Quiz: The Danger Zone is from dead ahead (12 o-clock) to 4 o-clock (112.5 degrees) starboard (th...
10/13/2020

Answer to last Friday's Quiz: The Danger Zone is from dead ahead (12 o-clock) to 4 o-clock (112.5 degrees) starboard (the right). In a crossing situation, the boat in the danger zone (ahead and to the right) is the stand-on vessel. See p. 27 of the Boating 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 #paddlesafely #wearitPA

Just a reminder that the mandatory Cold Water Wear It law goes into effect on November 1. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/...
10/12/2020

Just a reminder that the mandatory Cold Water Wear It law goes into effect on November 1. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/wxcD50BFws9

Timeline Photos
10/12/2020

Timeline Photos

This week's #NotesFromTheStreams was submitted by WCO Richard Morder of the Perry/Juniata Counties District. He titles h...
10/12/2020

This week's #NotesFromTheStreams was submitted by WCO Richard Morder of the Perry/Juniata Counties District. He titles his story "Only If I Let You See Me":

While patrolling an access along the Juniata River I would often hide my vehicle and just walk around observing kayakers, tubers, fisherman and people simply enjoying the local waterways. Occasionally I would step into a small section of brush and small trees and simply observe. Two individuals were sitting in lawn chairs in the river (water levels low) enjoying the river and noticed me slipping into the brush area. Their son entered the waterways in a kayak and I overheard them say to him, hey the fish warden is over in that area. Paddle over and find him from your kayak and go “nananananaaaaaaaa”.

As the young kayaker paddled over I slowly anchored myself to whatever cover was available and did not move. It was his quest to find me and bust me and my quest to not move an inch so he would not see me. After several minutes of his eyes searching for me he paddled back to his parents and said no one is over there. I thought to myself “Only if I let you see me”. And yes I exited the cover a short time later for the boy and his parents to see me.

Have you heard about the PFBC's Activities and Education Portal? http://ow.ly/OFe650BNkibThe Portal is a free online res...
10/10/2020

Have you heard about the PFBC's Activities and Education Portal?
http://ow.ly/OFe650BNkib

The Portal is a free online resource where youth, parents, teachers, and informal educators can find fun, educational, and skill-building material for all ages! In addition to topic-specific videos, the portal also provides a variety of printable resources.

Each topic page includes the following –
• Activities
• Coloring pages
• PLAY Newsletters (PA League of Angling Youth)
• Videos
• Additional resource links and publications

Looking for ready-made packages on topics such as Amphibians & Reptiles; Aquatic Macroinvertebrates; Aquatic Habitats, Watersheds, & Pollution; PA Fishes; Fishing; Fly Fishing; Kayak Fishing; Paddlesports; Boating & Water Safety; and/or the PFBC? We've got that! Check out the A&E Portal today and begin your aquatic resources adventure!

This week's Boating Handbook Quiz asks: Where is a boat's Danger Zone? In a crossing situation, which boat is the stand-...
10/10/2020

This week's Boating Handbook Quiz asks: Where is a boat's Danger Zone? In a crossing situation, which boat is the stand-on vessel? We'll give-way the answer on Monday night. #safeboating #paddlesafely

10/08/2020
Trout in the Office- week 1

Welcome to PA Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Trout In the Office (TIO) aquarium! PFBC’s TIO is part of a remote learning package (TIC Weekly) provided to Trout in the Classroom (TIC) participants each week.

Each life stage video is accompanied by education resources from PFBC’s Activities & Education Portal - http://ow.ly/Mhgb50BNhTo

Each Thursday, PFBC will provide an updated Rainbow Trout lifecycle video. Tune in to follow the journey of PFBC’s TIO throughout the year!

This week the TIO Rainbow Trout are currently in the eyed egg stage. Look closely and you will see their eyes, heart, and more developing! They will begin hatching into the next stage, sac fry, in about 5-8 days.

Water quality plays a major role in healthy trout development and populations!

The eggshell is structured to take in oxygen for development. As eggs, they cannot move from one location to another. Trout are well protected at the eyed egg stage in our aquarium; however, trout at this stage, in nature, are vulnerable to pollution events.

What is PA Trout In the Classroom (TIC)?TIC is an interdisciplinary environmental education program in which students K-...
10/08/2020

What is PA Trout In the Classroom (TIC)?

TIC is an interdisciplinary environmental education program in which students K-12 learn about coldwater resources while raising trout in the classroom. The statewide program is made possible by a unique partnership between PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Council of Trout Unlimited. Throughout the year, students are introduced to the importance of watershed conservation, ecosystems, habitats, natural resources and management strategies to protect and enhance coldwater resources. They are also introduced to recreational opportunities the coldwater resources provide (e.g. fishing, paddling).

Learn more about TIC – www.patroutintheclassroom.org

Cats’ out of the bag! PFBC staff has been busy this week harvesting Channel Catfish from the pond at the Huntsdale State...
10/08/2020

Cats’ out of the bag! PFBC staff has been busy this week harvesting Channel Catfish from the pond at the Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery in Cumberland County! Approximately 8,000 fish measuring an average of 11 inches and weighing 1/4 lbs. were stocked at Colyer Lake, Centre County; George B. Stevenson Reservoir, Cameron County; Carnegie Lake, Allegheny County; and Lake Wilhelm, Mercer County.

Answer: When two boats meet head-on, both boats are required to turn starboard (to the right) to avoid the other. At nig...
10/06/2020

Answer: When two boats meet head-on, both boats are required to turn starboard (to the right) to avoid the other. At night, a head-on situation exists when both the red and the green running lights are seen at the same time. (See pa. 26 to learn more: http://ow.ly/x1gw50AL9A2)

Did you get the answer to last week's Boating Handbook Quiz correct? If not, you should take a #safeboating course. Learn more, here: http://ow.ly/71m350AL9Ye

Have a question for Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Comm...
10/05/2020

Have a question for Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission? Tune in to the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) tonight at 7:00 P.M. ⤵️

Have a question about #parks amidst #COVID19?
➡️ Tim Schaeffer, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Commission, Executive Director
➡️ Secretary Cindy Dunn, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Live, tonight at 7 PM.

Just a reminder that the mandatory Cold Water Wear It law goes into effect on November 1. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/...
10/05/2020

Just a reminder that the mandatory Cold Water Wear It law goes into effect on November 1. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/5y0G50BFwa6

10/05/2020
National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Another way to keep kids healthy in the outdoors is to take them fishing! If you are new to the sport or new to introducing others to recreational fishing, you should visit the Activities and Education Portal on our website and click on the Fishing Page, here: https://www.fishandboat.com/LearningCenter/ActivitiesAndEducationPortal/Fishing/Pages/default.aspx

#Nationalchildhealthday

National Child Health Day occurs each year on the first Monday in October. The day recognizes the care and guidance children need to grow strong and healthy. Each child deserves to be the healthiest he or she can be.

Keep your child healthy with proper exercise such as swimming and safe by implementing layers of protection at home. #NationalChildHealthDay

ndpa.org

For #WorldTeachersDay, we wish to thank all of the educators in PA, including parents, who are using material, such as t...
10/05/2020

For #WorldTeachersDay, we wish to thank all of the educators in PA, including parents, who are using material, such as the PFBC's videos and its Activities and Education Portal on its website, to learn about aquatic resources before exploring nature.
http://ow.ly/Pkj450BFvxP

This week's #NotesFromTheStreams was submitted by WCO Kyle Robinson of the Mifflin/Northern Huntingdon Counties District...
10/05/2020

This week's #NotesFromTheStreams was submitted by WCO Kyle Robinson of the Mifflin/Northern Huntingdon Counties District. He titles it "Rattlesnake with your Pizza":

On my day off I received a phone call from Sergeant Kephart stating there was a nuisance rattle snake in Huntingdon County. I was caught off guard and surprised when he said the exact location of the rattlesnake was in the parking lot of a local pizza establishment. A large concrete parking lot with no snake habitat in proximity is a very odd place to find a rattlesnake. The circumstances made me wonder if the snake was misidentified and not a rattlesnake. When I arrived at the restaurant several of the workers stated the snake was under a large outdoor sink that was covered with a large tarp. I carefully began to remove the tarp to find the snake. To my surprise, when I was removing the tarp a yellow phase timber rattle snake fell out of the tarp and onto the ground and began to rattle. I carefully captured the rattle snake and removed it from the parking lot. I relocated the timber rattle snake to a more snake friendly habitat in the surrounding mountain area. Who would have known that you could order a pizza and see a timber rattle snake at the same time?

Celebrate #NationalTacoDay with a fish taco or two! What's your favorite fish to use in your taco recipes? Did you know ...
10/04/2020

Celebrate #NationalTacoDay with a fish taco or two! What's your favorite fish to use in your taco recipes?

Did you know that we provide a recipe in every issue of our Angler and Boater magazine? Read "Fishin' from the Kitchen", here: http://ow.ly/e9sL50BFo4r

Enjoy!

Wildlife Forever and Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops and the Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium...
10/04/2020

Wildlife Forever and Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops and the Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, is proud to announce that the 2021 Fish Art Contest is officially open and accepting entries.

This free international art and writing competition is a perfect way to inspire learners in kindergarten through 12th grade to discover the outdoors.

Visit www.statefishart.org for more details.

The Best Boat Winterizing Checklist:Boaters in much of the U.S. and Canada acknowledge the need to winterize their boat’...
10/03/2020

The Best Boat Winterizing Checklist:

Boaters in much of the U.S. and Canada acknowledge the need to winterize their boat’s engines each autumn. But what else can go wrong?

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers boat owners a free online resource at BoatUS.com/Winterization.

The website is chock full of winterizing checklists, tips, and a downloadable Boaters Guide to Winterizing to help all vessel owners ensure their boats are stored safely for the winter.

“In addition to winterizing the engine, there are a few other important things boaters should know,” said BoatUS Vice President of Public Affairs Scott Croft. “Like should you use a plug-in heater? How do you store a boat that has E10 fuel in the tank? Or once preparations are done, how can you keep your boat safe over the winter months?”

In addition to a boat engine winterization checklist for both outboard and inboard engines and another on what to look out for over the long winter lay-up period, BoatUS.com/Winterization also offers off-season outboard care tips and help with what to do if the winter storm of the century approaches.

Following the winterization guidelines from BoatUS will help ensure you get back on the water faster next spring.

Do you know the rules for power-driven vessels underway? When 2 boats meet head-on, in which direction are both boats re...
10/03/2020

Do you know the rules for power-driven vessels underway? When 2 boats meet head-on, in which direction are both boats required to turn? The answer to this week's Boating Handbook Quiz will be given on Monday night. #safeboating #paddlesafely

10/02/2020

The votes are in! Recently, we asked anglers to take part in an online poll to select their favorite design for the 2021 Pennsylvania Fishing License Collectible Button. And the winner is...

10/02/2020
Fall/Winter Trout Stocking Begins! (2020)

On Thursday, October 1, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission began its annual fall and winter trout stocking operations! Executive Director Tim Schaeffer kicked things off by helping to stock 900 Rainbow Trout at Letterkenny Reservoir in Franklin County. Between now and December, the PFBC will stock approximately 120,000 adult trout in more than 100 waterways.

See the schedule here: https://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx

As you prep your boat for the winter, here are five things you can do to thwart thieves:1. Leaving electronics aboard yo...
10/01/2020

As you prep your boat for the winter, here are five things you can do to thwart thieves:

1. Leaving electronics aboard your boat mounted on a bracket over the winter is a sign that says “come take me.” Bring home any electronics that can be removed easily. For permanently installed electronics, take pictures and record model and serial numbers in case you need to file a claim or police report. If you want added protection, ask your insurer if it offers lower deductibles on claims made for electronics, the most common theft insurance claim during winter storage.
2. Fishing gear, watersports equipment, expensive life jackets and other gear often get stolen with electronics. Bring them home, too, along with the boat’s registration. The title should never be stored aboard.
3. You automatically make a crook’s target list if you have a PWC or an outboard-powered boat that is less than 26 feet and stored on a trailer – the most common types of vessels stolen. Florida, California and Texas (in that order) may be the top three states for boat theft, but if you live elsewhere, you’re not immune. If storing your boat at home on a trailer, arrange it so the tongue does not face the street for an easy getaway. Remove one wheel from an axle. Hitch receiver locks may also deter theft. PWCs should be stored inside a locked garage or secure storage facility.
4. On sterndrive-powered motor boats, outdrives are targets for theft as they don’t take very long to remove and are expensive to replace. Consider removing the outdrive annually each fall at winter storage time and storing in a safe location, which can also allow for annual preventive maintenance such as a critical bellows inspection, a common cause of sinkings.
5. Leaving a portable outboard on a small boat transom just begs a bad guy to come take it. Small outboards should always be removed and stored in a secure location, such as a locked garage or basement. Install a lock on larger outboards.

BoatUS

Trout that are stocked during fall can be fished for now, but anglers ages 16 and older must have a PA fishing license a...
09/30/2020

Trout that are stocked during fall can be fished for now, but anglers ages 16 and older must have a PA fishing license and trout permit. During the extended season (Sept 1, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021), the daily creel limit is 3 trout of combined species with a min size of 7 in.

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) 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, PA. Field operations are based at our Centre Region Office, 595 E. Rolling Ridge Dr., Bellefonte, PA. Region offices, hatcheries, fisheries management offices and other Commission facilities are spread throughout the commonwealth.

PFBC directory for locations and contact information: https://www.fishandboat.com/AboutUs/Pages/TelephoneNumbersOfficeListings.aspx

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This page is offered to provide our audiences a place to connect and communicate with us and each other. This page is managed by PFBC staff based at our headquarters buildings and regional offices. We do not monitor or moderate this page at all times, but we strive to respond to questions and comments, promptly, on a regular basis.

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Comments

Anybody know what kind of snake this is?
Another good day killing worms. I THINK I LET A RECORD GO BACK IN THE WATER....SMH...OMFG ....15 INCHES AND HE WAS A FATTY. PICS ARE IN THE COMMENTS. PA RECORD Perch, White 1 pound, 12 ounces, caught in 2008 by James Clark, Philadelphia, in the Delaware River, Delaware County. White perch have been reported up to 49.5 cm (19.5 in) in length and weighing 2.2 kg (4.9 lb).
Can anybody tell me for certain what kind of bass this is?
Anyone know what the current level is around the Amity Hall launch on the Juniata?
Hi! We (my five your old daughter and I) were wondering how to identify native vs invasive crayfish in Pennsylvania. She recently found this little guy in a Chester County stream.
Keep up the good work so this little guy can enjoy many fishing adventures.
Does anyone know if and when they would be trout stocking
Sooooooooooo...now ya are presuming to tell me that I “HAVE” to kill anything...hmmmmmm... remember how bass were introduced ? This is indeed different but none the less...not sure I will be told I have to kill anything I dont fully intend to consume and or make use of...be nice to have some of those pesky lowhead dams back now though...I typically support the needs of both the fish and game agencys...not sure how I support this approach...largely based on the fact that its failed every where else its been tried...maybe make it a prized sport fish and hold some derbies and events specifically targeting it.... and of course now every bowhunter out there is gonna be darting anything that moves...good luck bowfin the non sport fishers are on the way...
Need help identifing a fish caught on the Schuylkill river. Looks like a common carp but the fins and tail are wrong. Carp goldfish hybrid?
Lost Dog Alert- My German Shorthaired Pointer went missing on 9/6 at 9:30 PM. In West Brandywine PA near Brandamore Road and Hibernia Road. Please contact Brian Kubala if you see her at 484-614-5049. She is friendly, wearing a purple collar and microchipped. We are offering a CASH reward to the person who returns her safely.
how much is a one day fishing license for a N.Y. resident?
These holes need to be filled at donegal lake or somebody going to break an ankle or leg.