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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 06/05/2009 (1111 reads)
Too many trout in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania trout anglers will be receiving a bonus of sorts with additional trout to be stocked in the Southeast part of the state. The fish are “extras” raised by the Bellefonte State Fish Hatchery this year.

The Commission stocks some 3.4 million adult trout in Pennsylvania waters open to public angling. This figure includes trout produced at state fish hatcheries, trout obtained from the United States Fish & Wildlife Service as part of a cooperative agreement, and trout obtained through a purchase contract with a commercial hatchery. The additional fish stockings represent a surplus from our Bellefonte Hatchery operations.

The first of these stockings will be on June 4th, with fish planted in section 2 & 6 of the Tulpehocken Creek, Berks County. On June 5th section 4 of the Pohopoco Creek in Carbon County and section 4 of Saucon Creek in Northampton County will receive fish.

A stocking is also planned for June 11th in section 3 of Hay Creek, Berks County.

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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 06/03/2009 (876 reads)
The PFBC has designated Sunday, June 7, as Fish For Free Days in the Commonwealth. Fish For Free Days allow anyone not just license holders or youth under the age of 16 to legally fish in Pennsylvania. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on both days, no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 05/21/2009 (817 reads)
The PFBC has designated Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, June 7, as Fish For Free Days in the Commonwealth. Fish For Free Days allow anyone not just license holders or youth under the age of 16 to legally fish in Pennsylvania. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on both days, no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 04/25/2009 (1343 reads)
Results from a Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) stocked trout cost study (appendices) show that the agency spends approximately $2.17 to produce an average adult trout, an amount less than that charged by commercial trout hatcheries. Overall, the Commission spends approximately $12.4 million per year to provide more than 6 million of the popular game fish, including fingerlings and adults. ...more
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Published by Dave on 04/17/2009 (955 reads)
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold its spring quarterly meeting on April 20-21 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, Pa.

Commission committees will meet beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 20, and again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Formal consideration of the agenda by the full Commission will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. All committee meetings and the review of the agenda are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 04/09/2009 (945 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 (1743 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 (1213 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 (1407 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 (1004 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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