Pennsylvania To Offer $1 Fishing Licenses On Labor Day

The PA Fish and Boat Commission is offering two special fishing programs to entice residents to fish Labor Day, including a $1 license.

0By Updated August 24, 2017
Pennsylvania To Offer $1 Fishing Licenses On Labor Day

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering two special fishing opportunities to entice residents to fish Labor Day, which is Sept. 4.

The first is a $1 license for adult residents and non-residents. The license is good for Labor Day only and provides an "easy and affordable way" to fish locally, said Steve Kralik, Director of the Bureau of Outreach, Education and Marketing.

The $1 license is "a great opportunity for lapsed anglers to renew their interest in the sport, and for first-timers to give fishing a try,” he said.

Also that day, there will be a Mentored Youth Panfish Day. Youth anglers who have obtained a free mentored youth permit or have purchased a voluntary youth license can fish on 19 Panfish Enhancement lakes.

According to the state, the Panfish Enhancement lakes were chosen as mentored youth fishing opportunities because the waters are managed to increase the number and size of fish. Panfish include bluegill, pumpkinseed, and redear sunfish, which are collectively called sunfish; black and white crappies; and yellow perch.

The 19 lakes will be open to all anglers all day, but only mentored youth participants (adults and kids) may keep fish under the minimum size.

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“Kids should catch a lot of sunfish, crappies and perch, which makes the day fun,” said Kralik, who noted that as an added incentive, minimum size limits have been lifted for kids and their mentors on this day.

The lakes included in the program are:

  • Berks - Blue Marsh Reservoir
  • Cambria - Beaverdam Run Reservoir, Hinkston Run Reservoir, Wilmore Dam
  • Centre - Foster Joseph Sayers Lake
  • Chester - Chambers Lake
  • Fayette – Bridgeport Reservoir
  • Monroe - Bradys Lake, Gouldsboro Lake
  • Montour - Lake Chillisquaque
  • Pike - Lower and Upper Promised Land Lakes
  • Somerset - Quemahoning Reservoir
  • Washington - Cross Creek Lake, Peters Twp. Lake (Reservoir #2)
  • Westmoreland - Bridgeport Reservoir, Indian Lake, Lower Twin Lake, Northmoreland Lake, Upper Twin Lake

“We want to show families where they can go to fish and how easy it can be to fit fishing into their fall schedules,” he said.

To participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and be accompanied by a youth. Accompanying youth anglers must have either a free PFBC-issued permit or a purchase a voluntary youth fishing license.