The temperatures have warmed up and here we are on the eve of another monumental day for our summer enjoyment, Independence Day. It is a day marked by celebration through parades, picnics and fireworks. While there are a lot of things going on tomorrow, it is also an important day for families to get outdoors.
Pennsylvania’s second and final Fish for Free Day of 2013 is tomorrow, Thursday, July 4. During Fish for Free Days, no one is required to have a fishing license. It is an excellent time to take the kids out and introduce them to the activity of fishing. During Fish for free day, the license requirement for anglers 16 and older is waived for the day. This means that you don’t have to buy a fishing license to take the kids fishing. If you do go out fishing, remember that all other fishing regulations, such as creel limits and size limits, are still in effect.
If you don’t have a fishing pole and there are some options for you too. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission does sponsor a tackle loaner program with many parks. The fishing equipment is there for you to borrow for a period of time. All you need is the bait and except for Fish for Free Day a license. This program is available throughout the summer at select locations. In the Johnstown area, there are three local state parks that participate in the program. They are:
- Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County, 724-668-2939
- Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County, 724-357-7913
- Black Moshannon State Park in Centre County, 814-342-5960 (Only on Saturday and Sunday)
For more information on the tackle loaner program at any of the parks, please call the park.
Another option can be found at Laurel Hill State Park. On July 4 from 10:00 a.m. until noon you can head out for Fish On. During the program you will learn to cast and then get a chance to fish in the lake. There is a limited number of rods and reels available for the program. The program takes place at the Willis Pavilion.
If you can’t make it out tomorrow, you can still find these types of programs throughout the year at various locations throughout the state. They are generally free and during the Family Fishing Programs, you do not need a license. You can check out the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s calendar to find more of the Family Fishing Programs.
So get the family out to enjoy some fishing. And teach the kids to enjoy the outdoors while relaxing.