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Friday, June 5, 2015

Bass Season Kicks Off June 13

Bass Season Kicks Off June 13
 
HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 5) – In the minds of anglers, warmer summer weather marks the beginning of bass season, which officially opens on June 13 across the Commonwealth.
 
The black bass is one of the most popular sportfish targeted by Pennsylvania anglers, says Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director John Arway, who expects a large turnout on the state’s most popular lakes and streams, including PA’s Best Bass Fishing Waters.
 
“Trout and bass are the two most popular sportfish among anglers,” he said. “And one of the reasons bass is popular is because the Commonwealth has so many fantastic spots for anglers to catch smallmouth and largemouth bass, from creeks and rivers to large ponds and lakes.”
 
Many anglers fish for bass while visiting Pennsylvania state parks, where families and kids can enjoy fishing along with other amenities, including camping, hiking and biking, and canoeing and kayaking.
 
“State parks are great family-friendly places to fish, particularly if you have young kids,” said Arway. “Kids can have fun fishing and also enjoying other outdoor activities. Our Commonwealth has over 86,000 miles of streams and rivers to fish and more than 4,000 lakes and reservoirs.”
 
During bass season, anglers can keep a daily limit of six bass, which must be at least 12 inches in length.
 
As a promotional lead-up to bass season, the PFBC this year is again partnering with Pocono Raceway to host a free kids fishing pond at the Pocono ARCA Racing Series on June 6 at Pocono Raceway, in Long Pond, Pa.
 
“We’re very excited to be partnering with Pocono Raceway on this promotional event,” added Arway. “We know that a lot of NASCAR fans also like to fish and boat, and many of our fans enjoy NASCAR, so it’s a natural fit for us. This is an easy way for kids to experience fishing right before they get to enjoy the thrill of live NASCAR racing at Pocono Raceway.”
 
At the race, individuals also can enter the PFBC’s “Kayak and More” giveaway, which includes an Emotion Guster Angler kayak donated by Cabela’s; a family four-pack of tickets to the August 2 Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway donated by Pocono Raceway; and a pair of tickets to see Darius Rucker in concert at Musicfest in Bethlehem on August 14 donated by ArtsQuest.
 
The public can also enter the contest by visiting www.GoneFishingPA.com. For more information about the Pocono race, visit www.ponocoraceway.com.  
 
Arway added that anglers who use smartphones can use the PFBC’s new “FishBoatPA” app to better navigate the Keystone State’s streams and lakes during bass season.
 
“The use of smartphones has skyrocketed, so we have found a way to improve the fishing and boating experience for our anglers and boaters,” he said. “Now they can spend less time looking for information and more time fishing and boating.”
 
The “FishBoatPA” app is available for free on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
 
Also this year, adult anglers are enjoying a first-ever $1 decrease in the price of their fishing license, a promotional campaign the PFBC is marketing under the slogan “Catch the Value!”
 
“This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our loyal customers,” added Arway. “And at the same time, we think the price reduction will attract lapsed anglers back to the sport.”
 
The PFBC reminds anglers that “catch and immediate release” no harvest regulations apply to smallmouth and largemouth bass on the lower sections of the Susquehanna River (below Sunbury) and Juniata River (below Port Royal) and into the rivers’ tributaries to points one-half river-mile upstream from the confluence. For more information about the smallmouth bass issue in the Susquehanna River, visit http://fishandboat.com/susq-impairment.htm.
 
The PFBC website has a host of information to help anglers plan their fishing trips. Visit www.fishandboat.com and select from the left navigation column “Fish” and “Fishing Fundamentals” to get started. For more information about bass, visit http://fishandboat.com/bass.htm. For a guide to fishing regulations, visit www.fishinpa.com
 

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