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Friday, June 3, 2016

PA Bass Season Kicks Off June 18

HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 3) – In the minds of anglers, warmer summer weather marks the beginning of bass season, which officially opens on June 18 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 most popular lakes and streams, including PA’s Best Bass Fishing Waters.

“One of the main 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,” he said. “Our Commonwealth has over 86,000 miles of streams and rivers to fish and more than 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, the majority of which contain bass.”

The number of anglers fishing for bass in Pennsylvania is second only to those who fish for trout.

Arway adds that 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,” he said.

In most waters during bass season, anglers can keep a daily limit of six bass, which must be at least 12 inches in length. There are also lakes and rivers managed with higher length limits and lower creel limits. Anglers can consult the Summary of Fishing Regulations for more specific information.

Arway added that “another option is to practice voluntary catch and release which provides another angler the opportunity to enjoy the same experience that you had catching that lunker bass!”

For more information about bass season, anglers are encouraged to use the PFBC’s free “FishBoatPA” smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 50,000 times from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. If anglers are not sure where to fish, the Best Waters Program can help them decide and it is easily accessible through the app and the PFBC website.

As a promotional lead-up to bass season, the PFBC this year is again partnering with several organizations to sponsor a giveaway that includes a fishing kayak, tickets to a NASCAR race, and tickets to a concert.

“This is an opportunity for us to partner with a number of interested organizations and to promote fishing and boating opportunities to outdoor enthusiasts,” added Steve Kralik, PFBC’s Director of the Bureau of Outreach, Education and Marketing. “It also gives us a chance to remind people that there are still a lot of good fishing and outdoor activities coming up as the opening of bass season approaches.”

Prizes to this unique giveaway are an Emotion Stealth 11 Angler kayak package, donated by Cabela’s; a family four-pack of tickets to the July 31 Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway, donated by Pocono Raceway; and a pair of tickets to see Lady Antebellum in concert at Musikfest in Bethlehem on August 13, donated by ArtsQuest.

The public can enter this giveaway by visiting through June 27, or by entering in person at the PFBC booth/table at one of the following events this weekend:

June 3-5 - Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 race weekend at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
June 4-5 – Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pa.

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.

As part of its efforts to raise awareness about the plight of the smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River, the PFBC is continuing its “S.O.S. – Save Our Susquehanna River” campaign and will begin selling an updated 2016 “S.O.S.” button on June 9. The button is available for $10 to anglers who have purchased a license, and it can be used to meet the license display requirement. All proceeds from button sales will be dedicated to funding water and soil conservation projects along the Susquehanna River. Direct donations to the S.O.S. campaign also can be made through the PFBC’s FirstGiving site.

For more information about the smallmouth bass issue in the Susquehanna River, visit

The PFBC website has a host of information to help anglers plan their fishing trips. Visit and select from the left navigation column “Fish” and “Fishing Fundamentals” to get started. For more information about bass, visit


Anonymous said...

Is it true that illegal Mexican immigrants get free fishing licenses in PA? I would like to know. I heard this was happening in Philadelphia.

Anonymous said...

I sure hope not! If that is true, I have a feeling Cananda will have to build a wall to keep us out.

Anonymous said...

No, but trump supporters are because that is all they are capable of. Then they all sit around and lie about how good they are, wonderful, fantastic, great and all of the adjectives (for the trumpies, an adjective is a word that describes something) he uses to talk about himself. Now he attacks a judge with an Hispanic background because the judge forced the books to be public because trump U. was a fraud!! He preyed on the uneducated...hmmm I've heard that one before somewhere!! Or now, the latest in LA, "see my African- American friend" "see him over there" "he likes me". Holy shit, this guy is absolutely nuts and he continues on through his merry fantasy world. This is so sad and bizarre that this is what our society accepts nowadays, a grown man who calls people names to get his way. No tolerance for anybody other than his own kind. He is building his campaign on HATE!! That is absolutely NOT what we Americans are about, we are about tolerance, sticking up for the underdog, lending a helping hand. Fortunately anyway, MOST Americans are about that and you have the KKK George Wallace/Adolf Hitler minority who enjoy bullying. He has brought up issues that people are talking about and brought them to the forefront which is all well and good. But calling names? Lying? Bullying? Didn't we all learn by 2nd grade that is wrong? So sad that he actually has people that tolerate this behavior and follow him? No decent person that I know anyway. Look at reality, do you really think that a president can make Microsoft build computers in the US? Or Fruit of the Loom to make T-shirts in the US? Intel to manufacture chips here? Fortunately, the president doesn't have that type of power as much as trump thinks he can make people believe that. Congress makes the laws, not the president. As someone described his demeanor, they said a man who is supposedly knowledgeable about life, he is actually "shockingly ignorant". He has been in his golden palace for so long with all of his feet kissers surrounding him, he has no idea what reality is!
Out and out lies that he ADMITS TO! Look up the "Mexican Wall" yourself. Trump admitting he can't build the wall. The following excerpt taken verbatim from another website:
"Well, Trump supporters, hate to break it to you, but there is not going to be a wall. Trump told the New York Times editorial board that when the audience looks a little bored, he starts screaming about the wall to wake them up and rouse the crowd. Sure, he knows the wall won't ever get built, but he needs the applause. So he lies." ...............
When this guy is confronted, he calls people names, yells, screams, threatens a lawsuit (BTW, he is the most litigious man in this country for just that reason). Plain and simple, a BULLY! Nothing more. Look beyond his lies, his threats, how he tries to deflect his faults to someone else. He starts calling names and threatening as bullies do when confronted, "Little Marco", "Lying Ted", "Dishonest John", "Lying Hillary" and on and on!! "I'm going to sue the NY Post", See a pattern here?
So please, if YOU may think like this, think what your Grandmother would think of this. Yes, there will be a lot of smartass comments here. Your grandmother was a bully, she was a bank robber and other ignorant comments.
The point is: Go back to what this country is about, NOT HATE!!! NOT BULLYING!!! NOT LIES!!! ACCEPTANCE!! TOLERANCE!! HELP THE UNDERDOG!! That is how the majority of Americans were raised and still are raised. This guy is preying on HATE and intolerance, unfortunately there is a minority of people that like that lifestyle.

A lot of Hillary's agenda scares the heck out of me, but far far less than the future with someone like him saying he represents MY country!! Never.

Anonymous said...

Someone has too much time on there hands. Not sure who.

Anonymous said...

Hooray. We finally have the states permission to catch a fish...