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Anglers Choose Pink

Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 04/09/2009 (810 reads)
Fish & Boat Commission Featured on PCN Call-In Tonight
Harrisburg, PA - Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Doug Austen and Fisheries Management Chief Dave Miko will be the guests tonight on PCN’s live call-in program from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The program allows PCN viewers to speak directly with government officials and newsmakers on current issues affecting the Commonwealth.

Please check your local TV listings for the PCN channel in your area. Viewers may ask questions by dialing PCN’s toll-free number at 1-877-726-5001.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 03/21/2009 (1606 reads)
CORRECTION - Please see the corrected press release below concerning where the new regulations apply.

Harrisburg, PA – Licensed Pennsylvania anglers fishing the Delaware River and Estuary can now harvest striped bass and hybrid striped bass from April 1 through May 31, a season which has been closed by the Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) since 1992.

Under the new regulations, adopted by the PFBC at its January quarterly meeting, anglers can harvest two striped bass per day between 20-26 inches during the two-month season. The change is the result of the successful restoration of the striped bass population along the Atlantic Coast. The regulations are designed to allow some harvest of male striped bass, while still protecting most of the spawning female striped bass. For the rest of the year, there is a 28-inch minimum length and a two fish per day creel limit.

The following seasons, sizes and creel limits apply to the Delaware River from the Pennsylvania line upstream to the Calhoun Street Bridge.

Jan. 1 - March 31 and June 1 - Dec. 31: Minimum - 28 inches, creel limit - 2 per day

April 1 through May 31: Size - 20-26 inches, creel limit - 2 per day

The PFBC reminds anglers that these regulations differ from the striped bass regulations enforced by the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife in the four months January, February, April and May.
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Published by Dave on 03/10/2009 (1099 reads)
Spring Creek Update from the PFBC
Spring Creek in Centre County is one of Pennsylvania’s premier limestone streams. The stream provides a wonderful source of cold and fertile water year round for this Class A wild trout stream. A favorite for many in the state and highly regarded for those who travel to Pennsylvania for a rewarding fly-fishing experience.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) provided an update and report on changes that have occurred on the stream in the past couple of years. The removal of the McCoy-Linn Dam was one of the biggest changes that happen in September of 2007. A dam had been at the location since the 1700’s. The initial trout survey in July of 2008 showed about a threefold increase in biomass following the dam’s removal.

Several more habitat improvement projects are planned over the next couple of years on Spring Creek. Review the full report on the PFBC website: Spring Creek Biologist Report.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 01/18/2009 (1269 reads)
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is inviting anglers and others with an interest in the management and protection of smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River to a free public meeting on Saturday, January 31, at the River Rescue Building in Harrisburg.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 01/09/2009 (903 reads)
COMMISSION SEEKS NOMINEES FOR HERITAGE AWARD
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is seeking nominations for the 2008 Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award, the highest recognition conferred by the agency.

Nominations are currently being accepted until February 13, 2009.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 12/23/2008 (856 reads)
PFBC Strategic Planning 2009
Strategic planning creates an important opportunity for an organization to regroup and spend time critically thinking about the past, present and especially the future. The time is right for the PFBC to begin looking to the future and develop its next strategic plan.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 10/03/2008 (1338 reads)
STEELHEAD ARE ON THE RUN!
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced today that steelhead are officially on the run in Erie after the heavy rain experienced this week.

The steelhead run is timed perfectly with the launch of the Commission’s new website mapping feature, which allows anglers to locate Lake Erie tributaries to fish for steelhead, download directions to the tributaries, find places to park, and read the local fishing regulations. Check it out at www.fishandboat.com/steelhead. (Click on the yellow triangles for detailed information on fishing destinations and the Help icon for help information.)

The Commission stocks over a million juvenile steelhead each year and continually works on improving access to Lake Erie tributaries through property acquisitions and easements using angler funds acquired through the Erie permit and Erie/trout/salmon combo permit. The Commission also makes funds available for property acquisitions and easements through the Erie Access Improvement Grant Program. You can find out more about this program at www.fishandboat.com (click on “Grants” located in the left navigation bar of the home page).

As always, the Commission asks all anglers to leave no trace by picking up all bait containers, discarded line, and any other trash before leaving fishing sites.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 09/13/2008 (1912 reads)
2007 and 2008 Warmwater Stream Survey Results SE
In July and August of 2007 and 2008 Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Area 6 along with other agency personnel sampled 10 different moderately-wide to wide (14-36 meters) warmwater streams in southeastern Pennsylvania to document the warmwater fish communities as part of a greater project that would eventually characterize warmwater stream fish communities throughout the state. Sample sites measuring 300-500 meters in length were electrofished at specific locations (segments) on each stream, which are listed in Table 1. Most of the stream segments were characterized as slow moving with few riffles and long pools or long glides. The majority of the pools were up to 1.25 meters deep, but pools were occasionally up to 2.0 meters deep. Streams sampled included those both in the Delaware River drainage and Susquehanna River drainage.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 06/29/2008 (1399 reads)
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding anglers to report tagged smallmouth bass in order to help the agency with a population assessment on a section of the lower West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

The commission is currently conducting the assessment and an angler survey on about seven miles of the lower West Branch of the Susquehanna River from the vicinity of Muncy downstream to Montgomery, Lycoming County.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 04/08/2008 (721 reads)
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold its spring quarterly meeting April 21-22 at the Clarion Hotel in DuBois, PA.

Commission committees will meet beginning at approximately 9:45 a.m. on Monday, April 21, and again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22. The full Commission will meet for formal consideration of the agenda beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. All committee meetings and the review of the agenda are open to the public. Attendance is encouraged.
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