Dauphin County Resident Bob Clouser Receives Resource First Award
Calling him a “staunch ambassador for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass in the Susquehanna River,” Executive
Director John Arway presented Middletown resident Bob Clouser with the
agency’s Resource First Award during the recent quarterly business
worldwide for the development of innovative fly-fishing patterns, most
notably the Clouser Minnow, Bob has enabled countless anglers the
opportunity to catch - and release - many trophy fish,” said Director
Arway. “And with his many years of guide service and instructional
presentations, he is a mentor to many and an inspiration which sparks
and keeps alive the future of fishing in Pennsylvania.”
millions over the years, his creativity as an author and outdoor
photographer continue to herald what is the best about fishing and the
need to maintain the recreational resource in balance with conservation
ethics,” he added. “As a result of Bob’s lifelong advocacy and
enthusiasm for the Susquehanna River and quality angling experiences
everywhere, he has and continues to be a leader in defending and
protecting our aquatic resources.”
(Photo, from left - PFBC Executive Director John Arway, Commissioner Lenny Lichvar, Bob Clouser, Board President Rocco Ali.)
to see a PFBC-produced video highlighting the Susquehanna River and
efforts to improve its water quality and the health of the bass
New 10-Year License Now Available
fishing licenses have been a hit with anglers since the PFBC first
started selling them in 2013 for 3-year and 5-year periods. Anglers like
the convenience of not having to buy a license each year, and they like
saving money by avoiding annual transaction and processing fees.
anglers can choose from a new 10-year option for $211.90, which
includes a one-time fee of just $1.90 and savings of more than $17.
Anglers can also purchase 10-year trout, Lake Erie and combo permits and
experience similar savings.
2017 Stocking Schedules Available
Anglers can start planning their spring fishing trips now that the 2017 adult trout stocking schedules
are available online and on the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app. Users
can easily search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates
of interest. From the stocking page, select a county and enter start and
end dates from the calendars at the top of the page. Then press “Go.”
PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.15 million adult trout in more
than 720 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling. These figures
include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout; and
500,000 brook trout. As with past practice, the average size of the
trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.
anglers with smartphones, an even easier way to view the schedules is
through the FishBoatPA app, which is available for free from the Apple
App and Google Play stores.
Six Waters Added to Popular Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program
waters have been added to the popular Keystone Select Stocked Trout
Program, giving anglers more opportunities to catch 14”-20” trophy trout
this season. Approximately 4,500 large trout will be distributed among
14 waters at
a rate of 175 to 225 per mile, which is comparable to the numbers of
similarly sized fish in Pennsylvania’s best wild trout waters.The program was launched last year with eight waters.
Keystone Select Program has proven to be a big hit with our customers,”
said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “It added an element of
excitement to trout fishing and has helped establish the waters as
destination fisheries, drawing anglers from all over and providing
economic boosts to the local communities.”
The six new waters include:
Berks County, Tulpehocken Creek, Section 7 (1.84 miles)
Cambria County, Chest Creek, Section 3 (1.80 miles)
Fulton County, Big Cove Creek, Section 3 (0.93 miles)
Luzerne County, Harveys Creek, Section 4 (1.70 miles)
McKean County, Kinzua Creek, Section 4 (2.29 miles)
Venango County, Oil Creek, Section 7 (1.55 miles)
Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days
Set for March 25 and April 8
The 2017 season will open March 25
for the Mentored Youth Trout Day program in 18 southeastern counties,
including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware,
Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton,
Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.
The following weekend – April 1 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties.
A second Mentored Youth Day will be held on April 8, the Saturday before the April 15 regular opening day of trout season.
participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years or
older) must have a valid fishing license and trout permit and be
accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued
permit, or a voluntary youth fishing license (only $2.90 including all
fees). Both are available at www.GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.
every voluntary youth license sold, the PFBC receives approximately $5
in federal revenue from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish
Restoration Act program. All revenues earned from the voluntary youth
fishing license are dedicated to youth fishing programs.
Fee Delegation Bill Moves in Senate
Senate Bill 30
by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair County) was approved unanimously by
the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee on February 1. The bill would
allow the PFBC to establish prices for fishing licenses, boat
registrations and other fees. Currently, prices are set by the
legislature and were last raised in 2005. The legislation would give the
PFBC the authority to set a pricing structure that accounts for
inflation and keeps up with rising costs while minimizing the long-term
impacts to customers. Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming County) is seeking
co-sponsors for a similar bill in the House of Representatives. Both the
Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Unified Sportsmen
of Pennsylvania support delegating the authority to establish fees to
the PFBC Board of Commissioners.
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