PA Fish & Boat Urges Fishing & Boating Safety During Cold Weather Months

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) began its quarterly business meeting by encouraging anglers and boaters to take advantage of opportunities to enjoy the water during fall and winter, while remaining safe.

In his report to the Board, Executive Director Tim Schaeffer reminded anglers that while there are often fewer people on the water during the cold weather months, conditions are still fantastic for many popular gamefish species across the Commonwealth, including bass, walleye, catfish, wild and stocked trout, and steelhead that are beginning their annual run on the Lake Erie tributaries.  Schaeffer asked anglers, boaters, and hunters to keep safety in mind and to always wear a life jacket while boating, ice fishing, and waterfowl hunting.  From November 1 through April 30, boaters aboard most small boats, including all canoes and kayaks, are required to wear a life jacket.

“Fishing and boating are year-round activities in Pennsylvania, and that means being prepared for every season,” added Schaeffer.  “Falling into cold water can be extremely dangerous, and even deadly, but wearing a life jacket will keep your head above water until help arrives.  So, have a great time on the water and ice this upcoming season — just remember that a few safety steps before and during each trip will ensure that you’ll be around to make more great memories for years to come.”

Schaeffer also announced that applications are currently being accepted for the PFBC’s Boating Facility Grant ProgramErie Access Improvement Grant Program, and Clean Vessel Act Grant Program.  Applications for all three programs are due by December 30, 2022.  Information on each program, including application materials, can be found on the PFBC website (