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Memorial Day Marks First Fish-for-Free Day
May 22, 2013
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 22) – Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots this holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

Memorial Day - Monday, May 27 – marks the first of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – 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. All other fishing regulations apply.

The second Fish-for-Free Day is Independence Day – Thursday, July 4.

“Fish-for-Free days are an easy way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Many families spend the day at lakes and parks throughout the state. Now they can try fishing at no cost. We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more.”

More information is available on the PFBC website at: www./fishandboat.com/fishforfree.htm.
In advance of the July 4 free fishing day, families can learn basic skills by attending a free Family Fishing Festival. The PFBC will host three events at these locations:

  • June 8 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County. 
  • June 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Lake Arthur, Moraine State Park, Butler County.
  • June 29 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Lackawanna Lake, Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna County.

Visit www.TakeMeFishingPa.com to register or learn more about these events.

Regional Media Contacts – Please contact a regional outreach coordinator for more information and to set up on-the-water interviews with Waterways Conservation Officers.

Northwest Region (Counties – Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren)

Keith Edwards
(814) 336-2426
kedwards@pa.gov

Southwest Region (Counties - Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland)

Dennis Tubbs
(814) 443-9841
dtubbs@pa.gov

Northcentral and Southcentral Regions (NC Counties – Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union; SC Counties - Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York)

Carl Richardson
(717) 705-7848
crichardso@pa.gov

NE and SE Regions (NE Counties - Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming; SE Counties – Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill)

Walt Dietz
(570) 477-2206
wdietz@pa.gov

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The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at fishandboat.com.
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