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  • 03 Feb 2011 11:25 AM | Anonymous
    Executive Director Delivers 'Straight Talk'
    Feb. 10 at Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show

    Harrisburg, PA - The executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will bring his popular "Straight Talk" discussion to the largest outdoor hunting and fishing event in North America next week.
    John Arway will speak at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, which runs Feb. 5-13 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
    PFBC Executive Director John Arway
    As part of his presentation, Mr. Arway will provide a preview of the PFBC's draft river management plan for the Susquehanna River. He will discuss other issues of interest to the agency and to anglers and boaters and will take questions from the audience.
    Mr. Arway is also scheduled to bring his Straight Talk discussion to sport shows in southwastern and southeastern Pa., where he will preview the draft river management plans for the Three Rivers and the Delaware River. Appearances include:
    Attendees are encouraged to bring questions, comments, and their own fishing stories to these special sessions.
    PA Fish and Boat Commission
    1601 Elmerton Avenue | Harrisburg, PA 17110

  • 25 Jan 2011 5:56 PM | Anonymous
    Fish & Boat Commission Takes Actions
    at Quarterly Meeting
    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission voted at its quarterly meeting today to add eight stream sections to the list of self-sustaining Class A wild trout populations, to award a grant to the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority to construct a fishing pier on Lake Erie, and to approve several habitat grants. Also, commissioners approved several land acquisitions and changed a boating regulation to clarify the correct use of docking lights while a vessel is underway.
    In addition to the regular business meeting, the Commission hosted a special evening seminar last night on ice fishing, featuring three pro anglers from the North East Ice Tour, which drew a crowd of approximately 65. The evening session also included the presentation of the Stanley Long Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, which honors the Commission’s most exemplary and inspiring volunteer, and an award from the American Fisheries Society recognizing a Commission research project on panfish.
    Commissioner Glade Squires, Commission President William Worobec and Executive Director John Arway jointly presented the Stanley Long award to Michael Skurecki of Montgomery County.
    “Volunteerism is absolutely vital to our success,” said Mr. Arway. “Volunteers help us with our stocking efforts, they help us with law enforcement and they help us with our education and outreach programs. Mike exemplifies the volunteer spirit and is well-deserving of this award. He has served for over 15 years as a volunteer Education and Information instructor, teaching Family Fishing and SMART Angler Programs. As a Commission volunteer, Mike conducts an average of 14 day-long programs per year while investing over 70 hours of volunteer time and driving between 400 and 500 miles.”
    Also last night, before the ice fishing seminar began, commissioners took part in a ceremonial signing of theAnglers’ Legacy pledge. By signing the pledge, commissioners agree to share their passion for fishing and the outdoors with at least one person each year.
    “So far, more than 10,000 Pennsylvania anglers have taken the pledge,” said Mr. Arway. “And we would like 10,000 more to sign up. If you haven’t signed up yet, please go to our website, take the pledge and introduce someone to the joys of fishing and boating.”
    During today’s business meeting, commissioners:
    • Added eight stream sections to the list of self-sustaining Class A wild trout populations. The stream sections are in Venango, Warren, Blair, Huntingdon, Lycoming and Potter counties. Surveying unassessed waters and documenting wild trout populations are consistent with the Commission’s Strategic Plan for Management of Trout Fisheries in Pennsylvania, which may be viewed in its entirety at
    • Extended the wild trout stream designation on the Little Juniata River by an additional 19.7 miles downstream, from the Bellwood Sewage Treatment Plant to the Barree Road Bridge (SR 4004).
    • Adopted a boating regulation change which clarifies the use of docking lights. Many boaters assume that docking lights may be used as headlights while a vessel is underway. However, the forward-facing direction of docking lights creates glare and confusion for other boaters. The change makes it unlawful for a boat operator to use docking lights while underway except when docking and the boat is travelling at slow, no wake speed and is within 100 feet of approaching a dock, a mooring buoy or the shoreline. The regulation is not intended to negatively impact nighttime fishing activities, such as bow fishing, which use downward-facing artificial light.
    • Adopted a boating regulation change which establishes a no-wake zone for just over two miles at the very uppermost limit to power boating and skiing activities created by the Piney Dam on the Clarion River.
    • Approved a grant of up to $150,000 to the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority to construct a fishing pier at Liberty Park on Lake Erie. The authorityhas obtained matching grants in the amount of $100,000 from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and $75,000 from the Department of Environmental Protection.
    • Approved a property exchange in Berks County (Marion, Heidelberg and North Heidelberg townships) in which the Commission will convey approximately 22 acres of its Charming Forge property along Tulpehocken Creek in exchange for $12,000 and an easement on a significant portion of the other party’s property. Also, the Commission will retain easements on a defined portion of the Charming Forge property. The new easements will benefit the public by providing better parking and improved stream access.
    • Authorized the acquisition of a 27.1 acre parcel, currently known as Bailey’s Grove, located along Clarks Valley Road in Middle Paxton Township, Dauphin County. The parcel provides over 5,000 linear feet of frontage on Clarks Creek.
    • Authorized the acquisition of an easement on over 2,600 linear feet on both sides of Elk Creek in Girard Township, Erie County, on the Tome property.
    • Authorized a grant not to exceed $240,000 to Girard Borough, Erie County, to purchase 73 acres along Creek Road adjacent to the Girard borough park. The property also includes approximately 1,895 linear feet of access on Elk Creek. As part of the grant conditions, Girard Borough will grant to the Commission an easement that will allow for public fishing access along Elk Creek. In addition, the borough will grant the Commission a parking easement and an easement for fishing, boating, and riparian and fishery management on the adjacent Girard Borough Park property. This will provide an additional 5,310 linear feet of access.  
    • Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking to impose a closed season on river herring on the Delaware River, West Branch Delaware River and River Estuary, the Lehigh River, the Schuylkill River and their tributaries, and the Conowingo Reservoir.
    • Approved the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking to close Lehigh County’s Leaser Lake to all fishing until June 18, 2016, in order to establish a high quality fishery. The lake was completely drained in fall 2008 in order to make repairs to the dam.
    • Adopted new royalty rates for sand and gravel that is extracted from Commonwealth waters by the dredging industry. The new rates cover the 10-year period of Jan. 1, 2011, through December 31, 2020.
    • Approved habitat grants for a fishway on Bald Eagle Creek near Lock Haven, Clinton County; a restoration project on Darby Creek, a Delaware River tributary; and an enhancement project on Cacoosing Creek in Berks 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
    Contact: Eric Levis
    717.705.7806 or
  • 06 Jan 2011 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    25 December 2010

    Protect Morrison Run! Tell the U.S. Forest Service to Protect the Kinzua Creek/Chappel Fork Watershed

    Kinzua Bay, Chappel Bay, Rimrock, Kinzua Beach, Kinzua Heights, Pine Grove, Morrison Run, National Scenic Byway, North Country National Scenic Trail, Morrison Trail

    Send a letter to the U.S. Forest Service telling them to Protect Morrison Run!

    The Morrison Run Project, located in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF), proposes  actions including 4,976 acres of even-aged logging, and 1,366 acres of herbicide application. This project is part of an annual ANF project total of 19,374 acres of even-aged management (serial clear-cuts), and 7,188 acres of herbicide application, which includes Morrison Run, Coalbed Run, Pine Bear, De Young, and Sothwest Reservoir. Send a letter to the U.S. Forest Service telling them to Protect Morrison Run now!

  • 06 Jan 2011 3:31 PM | Anonymous
    Fish and Boat Commissioner Chosen as
    PA Citizen Representative
    to Chesapeake Bay Commission
    Harrisburg, PA – Former Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott was recently appointed by the Senate President Pro Tem and Lt. Gov. Joe Scarnati to be the Pennsylvania citizen representative to the Chesapeake Bay Commission. The Commission is a tri-state legislative assembly representing Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland designed to coordinate any related policy issues across state lines.
    Elliott currently serves as a commissioner for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission where he has gained a reputation asa strong advocate for expanded acquisition of permanent access easements to Pennsylvania’s streams and rivers.  Elliott serves as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Habitat and Environment Committee.
    G. Warren Elliott
    “Our Pennsylvania waterways and the opportunities they provide are invaluable,” Elliott commented.  “Certainly we must be mindful of the impact we have in Pennsylvania on areas like the Chesapeake Bay and its estuaries. Being a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission is a high honor and I thank Senator Scarnati for entrusting me to be the citizen representative for Pennsylvania.”
    Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway applauded the appointment, emphasizing that “the health of the Chesapeake Bay is directly correlated to the health of the Susquehanna watershed, and Warren Elliott understands and is committed to the protection, conservation, and enhancement of both.”
    “As a Fish and Boat Commissioner, Mr. Elliott helps set policy for how we manage aquatic resources here in Pennsylvania,” Arway added. “We are thrilled to have a sitting Commissioner as part of such an important interstate body as the Commonwealth and the other member states look to finally clean up the Bay while also addressing water quality and fisheries management issues on the Susquehanna here at home.”
    Elliott will serve a four-year term beginning with the commission’s first meeting in Annapolis in January.
    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
  • 23 Dec 2010 1:22 PM | Anonymous
    December 10, 2010
    Harrisburg, PA – Anglers and boaters who have received outstanding service from Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) employees can now share that experience with the agency’s leadership through a new Web page called “Praise an Employee.”

    “One of my goals as executive director has been to engage the public more and give them the opportunity to interact with staff and Commissioners,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “One way we’ve accomplished this is through the public information meetings held in conjunction with our quarterly Commission meetings. These have been well attended and we are planning to host another one on January 24 which will feature several professional ice fishermen from the North East Ice Tour.

    “Another way we are connecting with the public is through The Fishing Hole, which provides the public and staff the opportunity to ask us questions via email. But the public also should have a means to let us know when they have received excellent service from our employees,” Arway added. “Now they can do that through The Fishing Hole and a new page called Praise an Employee.”

    The new Web page gives the public an easy and convenient way to tell Commission leaders about exceptional service they have received. Incoming public comments will go first to the PFBC Human Resources Division and then to the executive director.

    “After reviewing comments, I will share each one with the appropriate bureau director and the respective employee so that the employee receives the recognition he or she deserves,” said Arway.

    The Praise an Employee page can be found under The Fishing Hole at:

    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

  • 08 Dec 2010 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    Alaska’s Choice: Salmon or Gold

    If built, a huge mine would trans­form Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, possibly jeopar­dizing the world’s richest sockeye salmon fishery.

    For more information and/ro action:


  • 03 Dec 2010 11:28 PM | Anonymous
    From: PennFuture's Session Daze December 3,2010
    Corbett names transition teams
    This week Governor-elect Tom Corbett announced the members of his transition teams. We were really interested to learn of Corbett's Energy and Environment Committee, which will develop recommendations for how to cut costs and conduct business at DEP, DCNR and the PUC and deliver them to the governor by January 18. Of the 30 members of the committee, at least 17 are lobbyist or lawyers representing gas drillers, the waste industry, coal mining, and utilities or work for companies with active enforcement, permitting, and other matters before the DEP and PUC. There was no representative from an organized hunting or angling group named to the committee.

     PennFuture's Session Daze is designed to be a brief, informative and occasionally humorous look at public policy in Pennsylvania. Please visit our website for more information about PennFuture.
  • 01 Dec 2010 1:15 PM | Anonymous
    Harrisburg, PA – The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for anglers to get a jump on the 2011 sporting season. Anglers can purchase a 2011 license beginning December 1, which gives them a bonus month for free.

    Fishing license vouchers also make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Purchasing vouchers for family members and friends is easy and convenient. Vouchers – and licenses - can be purchased online through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Outdoor Shop at A voucher may be redeemed at any of more than 900 issuing agents across the state.

    “We sell about 4,000 vouchers each year,” said Bernie Matscavage, director of the PFBC’s Bureau of Administration, which oversees sales. “They are easy to purchase and require only a method of payment. It’s just like a gift certificate. The recipient then redeems the voucher for a fishing license.

    “A resident annual fishing license can be purchased for $22.70,” said Matscavage. “Add in a typical trout-salmon permit for $9.70 and an angler can enjoy more than a year of fishing for $32.40 – less than a typical dinner for two and about the price for two people to see one movie.”

    In addition to online and at more than 900 issuing agents, fishing licenses and vouchers can be purchased at county treasurers’ offices, and at PFBC regional offices:

    Northwest Region - Meadville (Crawford County)
    11528 State Highway 98
    Meadville, PA 16335

    Walnut Creek Access Area – Fairview (Erie County)
    241 Manchester Road
    Fairview, PA 16415-1710

    Linesville Visitors Center – Linesville (Crawford County)
    13300 Hartstown Road
    Linesville, PA 16424

    Southwest Region - Somerset (Somerset County)
    236 Lake Road
    Somerset, PA 15501

    PFBC Headquarters - Harrisburg (Dauphin County)
    1601 Elmerton Avenue
    Harrisburg, PA 17110

    Northeast Region – Sweet Valley (Luzerne County)
    5566 Main Road
    Sweet Valley, PA 18656

    Southeast Region – Elm (Lancaster County)
    Brubaker Valley Road and Lakeview Drive
    Elm, PA 17521

    Southcentral Region – Newville (Cumberland County)
    1704 Pine Road
    Newville, PA 17241

    The PFBC also sells a number of angling and boating-related products through the Outdoor Shop, including caps, books, posters and the flagship publication Angler & Boater magazine. Customers can also renew boat registrations and purchase launch permits for un-powered boats online.

    For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania – including a calendar of upcoming Family Fishing Programs - please visit our website at To help plan your next outdoor trip in Pennsylvania, visit and select “Outdoor Recreation” under Things To Do.

  • 25 Nov 2010 12:15 PM | Anonymous
    On Saturday November 13th, the Pa Steelhead Association hosted 17 children at a learn to fish for steelhead program at Walnut Creek Marinia.  No Steelhead were landed, but a few were hooked and then lost. Two prizes were donated for the event; a  Shakespeare spin rod was donated by Follies End Bait and Fly Shop and a spinning reel was donated by Fish USA. The Rod was won by Naomi Mass of Bethel Park and the reel was won by Madeline Welsh of Erie. Each participant received a Stringer Finger (donated by John Hall)  and a box of flies tied by Gem City Fly Tyers and PSA Members.
    All participants will also receive Junior memberships to the PSA.
    A big thank you to all who helped out! Thank you!!
  • 15 Oct 2010 4:58 PM | Anonymous


    The Lawrence Park Golf Club is again graciously permitting anglers to access a portion of their property below the dam to fish the lower section of Four Mile Creek (west side only) from 100' downstream (north) of the fish ladder to the mouth.  However, the way anglers access that section of stream is limited and will remain as such until further notice.  See below:


    • Anglers are NOT permitted to utilize the foot bridge at the dam in order to cross the stream.  
    • Anglers must enter the stream from the footpath located on the stream's east side located between the Lawrence Park Golf Club dam and the Lawrence Park Fishing Club property line (marked with yellow rope).  This area is immediately next to (north of) the dam on the east side of the creek.  Anglers must enter the stream from this point, and then walk in the stream down to the mouth to access the west bank (lower fishing hole).  Fishing the east side of the stream is prohibited unless the angler is a member of the Lawrence Park Fishing Club
    • NOTE: In past years, anglers were permitted to utilize the foot bridge to cross the stream then walk along the top of the west bank, then hop down over the bank to access the west side of the stream: THIS IS NO LONGER PERMITTED DUE TO A FEW INCONSIDERATE ANGLERS.  Anglers must stay in the stream and walk down to the west side of the mouth.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
    • Fishing is not permitted between the dam and Route 5.  TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.
    NOTE: Lawrence Park Fishing Club was forced to close it's property to public fishing due to vandelism.


    A fish passage facility (fish ladder) has been installed by the PA Fish & Boat Commission at the Lawrence Park Golf Club dam (north side) and is operational.  The following regulations apply to all Commonwealth fish passage facilities, including the fish ladder at the Lawrence Park Golf Club dam, and will be STRICTLY ENFORCED:



    • "It is unlawful for any person to fish within any fishway, chute, slope, fish ladder, fish lift, or other fish passage facility located on or in connection with any dam on the waters of the Commonwealth."
    • "It is unlawful for any person to fish in an area within a radius of 100 feet of the entrance or exit points from any fishway, chute, slope, fish ladder, fish lift or other fish passage facility located on or in connection with any dam on the waters of the Commonwealth."

    NOTE: At this time, fishing is not permitted in Four Mile Creek between the Lawrence Park Golf Club dam and Route 5.  TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.
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