MANDATORY COLD WEATHER LIFE JACKET WEAR – a person shall wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.
THREE ELECTRONIC DEVICES COULD BE APPROVED FOR HUNTING
It’s unlawful to hunt with electronic devices unless they’re permitted by exception.
If the measure is adopted, hunters would be able to use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes.
The measure is scheduled to be brought back to the September meeting for a final vote. The board indicated it will consider adding electronic mourning-dove decoys to the list when it’s brought up for a final vote.
06/26/2017 HIGHLIGHTS FROM TODAY’S COMMISSIONERS MEETING
Join Richard Childress, honorary chair for National Hunting and Fishing Day, in creating the next generation of conservationists
National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), an annual celebration of hunters and anglers, features a new twist this year. Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for NHF Day, is asking hunters and anglers to participate in the new NHF Day Challenge by taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting. By pledging to introduce someone to the outdoors between now and NHF Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience in America’s Conservation Capital from Big Cedar Lodge and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.
“If you are a sportsman, sportswoman or an angler, you can make a difference and support National Hunting and Fishing Day by becoming a mentor,” said Childress. “Mentoring is critical to ensure our outdoor tradition lives on through future generations. Make the commitment to take someone outdoors and show them why you value hunting, fishing and target shooting.”
For millions of Americans, time spent hunting and fishing are treasured moments. Hunting and fishing brings friends and family together and provides one of the most immersive outdoor experiences possible.
“Today fewer people are connecting with nature through hunting and fishing,” said Childress. “As outdoorsmen and women, we are one of the keys to reversing this trend. Help a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker learn how to hunt, fish or shoot. Introducing someone to the joys of the outdoors not only enriches their life, it creates a future conservationist.”
Each new hunter and angler created helps fund conservation. Every time someone buys a firearm, ammunition, archery equipment or fishing tackle, they contribute to habitat conservation and science-based wildlife management through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program. The WSFR is the cornerstone of fish and wildlife conservation in North America because it brings funding from the sporting arms, archery and fishing industries and sportsmen and women back to state wildlife management agencies. These monies, in addition to hunting and fishing license fees, are critical for conserving fish and wildlife across our nation.
Those who pledge to take someone hunting, target shooting or fishing will be entered for a chance to win two amazing prize packages. The first grand prize is two HOT passes to a future NASCAR race, which includes pit and garage passes, garage and team hauler tours, and an opportunity to meet team owner Richard Childress. The second grand prize package is a trip to America’s Conservation Capital: Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. A passion of Bass Pro Shops founder and Ozarks native Johnny Morris, the destination spans multiple properties and thousands of unspoiled acres, making it the ultimate destination for anyone who loves the outdoors. The package includes a two-night stay in a log cabin at Big Cedar Lodge, America’s premier wilderness resort, and nature-based excursions including guided bass fishing on 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake; Adventure Passes for the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail and Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum at Top of the Rock; shotgun sports at Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor Shooting Academy; and passes to Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most immersive wildlife attraction in the world, opening Sept, 21, 2017.
To get involved in the NHF Day Challenge, visit NHFDay.org or call 417 225-1162.
Open to the Public Saturday August 5th, 2017
Registration Fee is $100.00 per vessel, two (2) ‐ three (3) Angler team, nine (9)
rod maximum Team Tournament.
Your registration entry includes a picnic style buffet, refreshments and a door prize ticket for
each of the two (2) or three (3) angler fishing team member.
Each boat owner who is not a member of the Pittsburgh Down Riggers Club will receive a
onetime only, free membership through the 2018 season.
Additional Drawings: Door Prizes, Rod and Reel and 50/50
Event Winning Details:
Total Weight of Five (5) Walleye and One (1) Big Fish Weight
In the event of Five (5) Walleye Total Weight Tie, the total length of their two (2) biggest fish
will be declare the winner.
1st Place = $1000.00 4th Place = $200.00
2nd Place = $600.00 5th Place = $100.00
3rd Place = $300.00 Big Fish = $100.00
For addition information, please contact Tournament Director:
Captain Dan D’Ottavio (412) 720‐6287
Pittsburgh Down Riggers
The Lake Erie Cannon Ball Amateur Walleye Tournament Rules
1. This is a two or three angler per vessel nine (9) rod maximum team tournament.
2. The vessel cannot be longer than 26 feet in length per State Registration to enter.
3. The start time, lines in is at 6:30am and lines out of the water by 3:00pm (refer to boat owner
meeting for additional information).
4. All walleye must be caught from Lake Erie in a boat. (Pennsylvania waters)
5. All walleyes must be caught during tournament hours 6:30am until 3:00pm and team entrants
must be in the weigh‐in line no later than 5:00pm or the team will be disqualified.
6. No passengers and/or spectators allowed with the team while tournament fishing.
7. Each team must fish together as a team. One team per boat.
8. All walleye must be caught on a rod and reel.
9. All entrants must follow state regulations along with all boating and fishing regulations while
fishing the Walleye Tournament. Any boating or fishing infractions will result in team
10. All walleye must be in a cooler with block ice or contained ice. No loose cubed or chipped ice.
11. Teams may bring up to five (5) of their largest walleyes to the scale. The total weight of your five
(5) walleye will determine the winner.
12. Only one (1) “Big Fish” per team will be weighed in at the scale for the entry into the
Tournament Big Fish Weight category.
13. Any Pittsburgh Down Rigger member will Waive the Right to the clubs Big Fish contest. As a Club
member, you do not have to enter this tournament to weigh in for the Clubs Big Fish.
14. All ties will be broken with the total length of two (2) walleyes from the respected teams.
15. The tournament committee has the right to disqualify any questionable fish.
16. Failure to follow the event rules will result in disqualification.
17. The Pittsburgh Down Rigger Club and its sponsors are not responsible for any theft or injury that
may occur at the event.
18. Pre‐registered team captain and/or a responsible team member is required to meet Friday,
August 4th at the Bay Rat Facility located at W 16th St, Erie, PA 16505 at 8:00pm. Failure to
show or will result in a non‐refundable disqualification.
19. Each team member will receive a door prize ticket whether they caught any fish or not.
20. Returned checks – non‐sufficient funds (NFS) or any other reason will be assessed a $30 fee in
addition to our bank’s service charges.
21. The tournament director has the right to reduce the payout of prizes if there is less than 40
entrants. The payouts would be reduced proportionally to the percentage of reduction of
entrants from 40.
22. In the event the contest is cancelled due to bad weather and/or small craft advisory, the prize
money will be raffled off as door prizes.
23. There will be a $150.00 challenge fee for any types of discrepancies. The Tournament
Committee will be the judge of any challenges.
Make all checks payable to the Pittsburgh Down Riggers, Mail to:
116 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Registration will close on Monday July 24, 2017
You Deserve the Best!
The Commission has a great resource titled “Pennsylvania’s Best Fishing Waters.” These waters represent the best fishing opportunities in the Commonwealth, as selected by PFBC’s Area Fisheries Managers. From wild trout to muskellunge and from bluegill to largemouth bass, waters are aligned with fish species and are distributed throughout the state.
To know more about this program and to review the selected waters, visit www.PaBestFishing.com.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has partnered with Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg to sponsor a giveaway that includes a Penn State themed fishing kayak, camping equipment, and a rod/reel combo.
- An Ascend 10T sit-on-top kayak;
- A camping package including a BPS Eclipse 6-Person Dome Tent, two BPS Eclipse 20 Degree rectangular sleeping bags, and a BPS 2 Mantle Propane Lantern; and
- A BPS Pro Qualifier Reel/Jonny Morris Carbon Lite spinning combo.
All prizes were donated by Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg.
The public can enter this giveaway by visiting www.GoneFishingPA.com from April 14 through May 12, or by entering in person at the PFBC booth/table at one of two following events:
- Penn State Blue White football game, taking place at Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA on April 22; or
- PFBC’s Family Fishing Festival at the Conewago Day Use Area in Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County, on May 6.
The winners will be notified after June 2. No purchase is required and only one entry per qualifying adult will be accepted. For more information about this giveaway, visit our “Fish PA! Kayak Giveaway! Facebook event page at:
We are pleased to present the May/June 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Angler & Boater. As each bi-monthly edition becomes available, you’ll receive an e-mail notice of when the latest edition is available.
This issue focuses on the upcoming seasonal opportunities in Pennsylvania. Here’s a sample of the feature articles inside this issue:
- Drop-in Kayak Fishing
- Wading for Smallmouth Bass
- Tips for Making Your Next Float Trip a Success
- The Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass Run
- Backwoods Wild Trout
- And many great videos not included in the print version of the magazine.
As a reminder, your free subscription to this digital magazine is good for the full term of your multiple-year fishing license. So, log-in using your computer, laptop, digital tablet or smart phone and know that Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazine is available for your reading pleasure, anytime and anywhere. To log-in, remember that in addition to typing in your e-mail address, your last name will always be your password.
To log-in to this digital edition, visit www.fishandboat.com/anglerboater/ezine/
This year, in addition to 3-year and 5-year licenses, you can lock-in both convenience and savings for a longer period of time with the new 10-year fishing license. As always, if you’ve already purchased a fishing license to fish in 2017, we THANK YOU for supporting both aquatic resources and recreational fishing in the Keystone State.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to get out and enjoy fishing.
These events lead up to the two statewide Fish for Free Days: May 28 (the Sunday before Memorial Day) and July 4.
Family Fishing Festivals are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience. The fishing license requirement is being waived for registered Family Fishing Festival participants, 16 years of age and older.
- May 6, Southcentral PA Region: Gifford Pinchot State Park – Conewago Day Use Area, York County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- May 13, Southeast PA Region: Tohickon Access, Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- May 20, Southwest PA Region: North Park County Park, Allegheny County, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- June 3, Northwest PA Region: M. K. Goddard State Park – Launch #3, Mercer County, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- June 11, Northcentral PA Region: Bald Eagle State Park – Pavilion #6 & #7, Centre County, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- June 25, Northeast PA Region: Frances Slocum State Park – Environmental Education Center, Luzerne County, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Visit www.GoneFishingPa.com to register or learn more about these events. Space is limited and there will be no registration taken the day of the event.
Youth Fishing Derby @ Hopewell Community Park
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 (8am to 12 noon) registration @ 6:30 am Bring children “15 years of age and younger” for FREE!
For more information, contact: Mike (724)683-5880
Beaver County Sportsman’s Conservation Camp
“For children ages 12 to 15” @ Raccoon State Park for a full week of fun!
Sunday, June 18th through Saturday, June 24th, 2017
For more information, contact: Breanna (412)849-6849
Beaver County Sportsmen’s Conservation League Youth Foundation
“Youth Field Day” “For children ages 10 to 16” @ Midland Sportsman Club
Saturday, July 15th, 2017 – “Tentative Date”
A full day of fun beginning @ 6:30 am check-in until 5:00 pm
Registration is online: www.pgc.state.pa.us
For more information, contact: Jerry (724)601-6964
Youth Pheasant Hunt — “an unforgettable experience”
Coming in October 2017 — watch for further details
“Must be a Junior Licensed Hunter”
For more information, contact: Rich via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Goose Hunt — “an unforgettable experience”
Watch for more detail in the fall!
“Must be a Junior Licensed Hunter”
For more information contact: The Beaver County Recreation & Tourism
Department at (724)770-2060 or Rich via email at: email@example.com
Sponsored by the
Beaver County Sportsmen’s Conservation League
With assistance from the
Beaver County Sportsmen’s Conservation League Youth Foundation
Or you can look us up on our Facebook page “Beaver County Sportsmen’s Conservation League Youth Foundation”.