The Fish and Boat Commission has highlighted May as the month to get out and enjoy fishing. As part of that celebration, the PFBC is hosting three Family Fishing Festivals on Saturdays in May.
Family Fishing Festivals are educational events designed for families with little or no fishing experience. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing together during the program.
“Family Fishing Events are a convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “While we offer Family Fishing Programs throughout the year, the May events call more attention to the importance of fishing in the lives of many Pennsylvania families. Through the events, former and new anglers can try fishing at no cost. We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more.”
These events lead up to the Memorial Day holiday on May 28, which serves as the first of the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days.
Family Fishing Festivals will be hosted by the PFBC from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on these dates:
-- May 5: Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County; Conewago Day Use Area on Alpine Road off route 74. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of State Parks, is a co-sponsor.
-- May 12: Keystone State Park, Westmoreland County; Pavilion # 1. DCNR Bureau of State Parks is a co-sponsor.
-- May 19: Lake Luxembourg in Core Creek County Park, Bucks County; near the boat launch. Bucks County Parks and Recreation is a co-sponsor.
The PFBC is waiving the fishing license requirement during the program for registered Family Fishing Festival participants 16 and older. The program is open to all ages. However, the program is designed for children ages 5 and up. The PFBC is providing equipment, bait, and tackle, and PFBC staff will be present to teach skills and assist those who fish. Preregistration is required.
Visit the Take Me Fishing In PA website to register or learn more about these events. Space is limited and there will be no registration taken the day of the event. In addition, PFBC partners will be hosting events throughout the month. These events can also be viewed at this website.