|Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold its summer quarterly meeting on July 11-12 at its Harrisburg office.
Commission committees will meet beginning at 9:40 a.m. on Monday, July 11, and again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12. Formal consideration of the agenda by the full Commission will begin at approximately 11:35 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12. All committee meetings and the formal meeting are open to the public.
In addition to the regular business meeting, the PFBC will host a free paddling program at Memorial Lake State Park in Lebanon County on Monday night from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Those who are interested in kayaks or stand-up paddleboards will get the opportunity to try them, courtesy of the PFBC, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and local boat dealers.
The family-oriented event will provide kids and adults with instruction on boating safety, paddling techniques and how to be safe while on the water. Individuals who prefer to stay on land can enjoy several interactive displays including proper life jacket fitting and throwbag practice. Waterways conservation officers will be on hand to answer questions. Free items for all attendees include boating safety brochures and stickers, the Wear It! pledge card, maps and whistles. Paddling participants must pre-register for a time-slot and complete free safety instruction on-site before going on the water. To pre-register for group instruction, call 717.705.7834.
During Tuesday’s formal meeting, Commissioners will address a variety of issues, including:
A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the Commission’s web site at www.fishandboat.com/minutes.htm.
- A recommendation to allow anglers to fish Lehigh County’s Leaser Lake once the dam is rebuilt and the lake refills. PFBC staff had originally recommended closing the lake to all fishing until June 18, 2016, but now believes a catch and release policy will provide recreational angling opportunities while still developing a high quality fishery. The catch and release regulations would apply to all species except trout, which would be stocked in the lake beginning in 2014.
- A proposal to allow for adaptive creel limits for walleye and yellow perch based on the annual quotas established by the Lake Erie Committee, which consists of fisheries managers from Pa., Ohio, N.Y., Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Under the proposed change, the PFBC would set daily limits by April 15 each year.
- A recommendation to remove Lebanon County’s Memorial Lake from the list of big bass regulation waters.
- A recommendation to establish a Lake Erie cast net permit for the harvest of emerald shiners and spottail shiners.
- A recommendation to increase the number of commercial seine licenses from 10 to 40.
- A recommendation to change the designation of four lakes from approved trout waters to approved trout waters open to year-round fishing. The four lakes include Lake Luxembourg in Bucks County, Laurel Lake in Cumberland County, Muddy Run Recreation Lake in Lancaster County, and Sweet Arrow Lake in Schuylkill County.
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.