The weather has been playing havoc on plenty of activities this year. Now it is having an impact on fishing in Pennsylvania. Buildup of snow and ice has forced some stocking activity to be rescheduled. Now today the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced that they would be rescheduling this year’s mentored youth fishing days.
The new date for the Mentored Youth Fishing Day will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 statewide. The event is normally scheduled for the Saturday prior to the opening of trout season. Originally for the Johnstown area and most of the state, the date was to be April 5, 2014. The southeastern counties of the state were scheduled for this Saturday, March 22. However, because many of the scheduled waters still have a thick ice cover on them, the Commission has decided to reschedule the event.
According to PFBC Executive Director John Arway, “This program is designed to encourage adults to take kids fishing, to show them that fishing is fun, and to promote active, outdoor recreation. We will be better prepared to deliver this experience at this later date when the weather is warmer and the waters are free from ice.”
For the most part the program remains the same except for the dates. However, with the change of date, it will be important for all anglers to know which waters are part of the program as some additional restrictions will be in place. All originally scheduled waters will be available for participants in the Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, May 10 from 8:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. During this time the waters will be closed to all other anglers. These waters will reopen to all fishing after 7:30 p.m. on May 10. In addition the scheduled waters will be closed to all fishing from noon on May 9 through 8:00 a.m. on May 10 to ensure an abundant supply of stock for the day.
One other change is that there is an optional Voluntary Youth Fishing License available. Youth can still participate with the free permit, but by purchasing the Voluntary Youth Fishing License for $2.70, the PFBC will receive approximately $5 in federal revenue from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Act program, which provides funds to states based on a formula that includes the number of licenses a state sells for each license sold. All revenues earned from a voluntary youth fishing license will be dedicated to youth fishing programs. You must go online to get your free permit or voluntary youth license.
The lakes in the Johnstown area that will be part of this program are as follows:
- Lake Rowena in Cambria County
- Laurel Hill Lake at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County
- Mammoth Lake in Westmoreland County
- Twin Lakes Number One Reservoir (Lower) in Westmoreland County
- Check online for a full listing of waters statewide.
So get your kids registered and introduce them to fishing.